Kimba Likes Style Guide | Four Simple Steps

Kimba Likes Style Guide

Have you been playing along with Nikki at Styling You, and sharing your Everyday Style?  I absolutely love getting inspired by street style, and have been delighted to watch the blossoming confidence of some participants.

I’ve also been thrilled to discover from some lovely comments and messages that people have been getting inspiration from my everyday style photos on Instagram and Facebook.  They’ve told me they have been wearing more colour.  Feeling more body confident.  Mixing patterns.  Having fun with fashion.

A recurring question I receive is “how do I pull my outfits together?”.  I sat down and mapped it out.  How do I get dressed every day?  What makes an outfit successful and what makes me look like a hot mess?

I came up with four simple steps I’ve named the Kimba Likes Style Guide.  As you do.


Kimba Likes Style Guide | the steps

Start with a classic basic – like a white shirt, blue jeans, a Breton striped top, a shift dress.

Then add

  • Something colourful – add a pop of colour with perhaps a printed kimono over a plain shift dress
  • Something coordinating – choose a piece in the same colour palette of one of your items.  Perhaps one of the colours in your patterned piece.  The aim is to coordinate, not be matchy matchy.
  • Something clashing – a hot pink lipstick when you’re wearing orange, bright yellow costume jewellery with fuchsia, stripes worn with florals.


Kimba Likes Style Guide | What I Wore


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There you go.  The easy peasy lemon squeezy Kimba Likes Style Guide so you can add some colour and fun to your everyday style!


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  • Images by Kim-Marie Williams

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  • […] you’re still at a loss as to HOW, check out this fantastic blog post Kim-Marie has written that shows just how she puts her outfits together. You’d think it would […]ReplyCancel

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  • Karen L - 19 February 2014 - 11.48 am

    Love the way you put your outfits together Kimba. I am going to be using your style guide to inspire me to use wardrobe items I might not have thought of putting together before 🙂 xReplyCancel

  • bbeingcool - 18 February 2014 - 10.50 pm

    You are definitely one of the most stylish people I know – blogger or not! I love your style and am often envious of your brash use of colour and texture. I love that you mix it up and that you also mix new with old, fancy pants with killer bags, texture with pattern. You bring style and glam into an everyday easy to wear way – gosh I love that! I also love that you have shared your style guide! More please!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 19 February 2014 - 10.52 am

      Oh, B! Thank you sweetheart. I’m lucky that my lifestyle doesn’t dictate what I can wear, so I can look like a crazy lady if I want to! xReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Style Unearthed - 18 February 2014 - 8.31 pm

    Thanks for sharing how you put together your outfits, Kimba. I love looking at the inspiration and ideas behind how people choose what they wear 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie - 18 February 2014 - 4.04 pm

    You always look lovely Kim-Marie and I live how you have a science to it!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - 18 February 2014 - 3.29 pm

    Thank you for giving us a lesson straight from the Kimba Likes Style Guide textbook – you have made it an equation that even a maths dummy like myself can understand! 😉 xReplyCancel

  • Nikki | Styling You - 18 February 2014 - 3.08 pm

    Who knew there was a science to your fabulousness … keep it coming! xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 February 2014 - 5.38 pm

      I had no idea there was either, Nikki. I love reader questions that make me think and create! xReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 18 February 2014 - 2.51 pm

    I’m from the same school Kimba! I love mixing unexpected colours, prints and textures together. I love your ‘clashing’ combos. Rachel xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 February 2014 - 5.40 pm

      You always look fabulous. Keep ’em guessing! The term clashing refers to something unexpected, like a texture, or two patterns together, or my classic Leona Edmiston leather chain handled lady bag with casual pants.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ The Beetle Shack - 18 February 2014 - 2.48 pm

    LOVE the way you mix and match colours, textures and prints Kimba. You’re such an inspiration to me and constantly inspire my personal style. From cute hair scarves to blod colours!

    Keep being amazing xxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 February 2014 - 5.42 pm

      Oh, really? That’s fantastic! And right back at you! I’ve started wearing white tees for the first time in my life (well, since the mid 80s when they had Levi’s 501 printed on them) because of you. I shall certainly try to be amazing, just because you asked so nicely! xReplyCancel

  • Jojo at iCurvy Blog - 18 February 2014 - 2.47 pm

    WOW – I love this post Kimba. Whether you call it clashing, or striking – I think your right – It’s about adding interest to your outift. Personal style is just that – personal! and personally, I think you are ROCKING each of your looks. xxReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - 18 February 2014 - 2.46 pm

    It’s not easy to articulate how to put a great look together but you’ve done it! Love the way your examples explain your approach and show the method behind your fabulousness. Love your work, as always. xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 February 2014 - 5.44 pm

      Cheers Vanessa! It was looking at my #everydaystyle photos that kind of made it click for me. Why did this one work, why was that one popular? I’ve tried to break it down so it’s easy to see what on earth I’m waffling on about. Think I might have achieved that for once! Cheers m’dear xReplyCancel

  • Norlin Mustapha - 18 February 2014 - 2.44 pm

    Great points there Kimba. Not that hard really when you’ve got these rules in mind. I get what you meant by clashing – not totally something that is jarring but more a stand-out piece that’s different from the rest – eg prints with plains or the black bag which is such a muted colour with bold colours! 🙂 Great tips!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 February 2014 - 5.47 pm

      Thank you Norlin. The idea behind the clashing was to emphasise that it is quite different from the rest of the outfit, whether it is texture (like lace and faux fur), a context (say trainers with a pretty frock), or a bright red lip instead of a pink lip, which would be more usual with a head to toe pink outfit. xReplyCancel

  • Sonia from Sonia Styling - 18 February 2014 - 2.38 pm

    Kim-Marie, I love how you’ve broken down exactly how you put an outfit together in such a simple and straightforward way. I’ve never actually given any thought to how I put my outfits together, but now that I sit here and ponder it, I do pretty much the same as you! I think those who asked for your help with this will find this post incredibly helpful.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 February 2014 - 6.18 pm

      Sonia, thank you very much. It’s not rocket science. We’re only talking about fashion after all! But I wanted to answer the questions that I receive and I’m hoping it proves helpful. I think this is how many of us probably do get dressed without thinking about it, but those who aren’t as confident, having a few simple steps might give them the confidence. I know I get a lot of advice from other bloggers and it’s nice to be able to give some of that back!ReplyCancel

  • Jewel Divas Style - 18 February 2014 - 1.57 pm

    I’m not sure what is going on with the whole culture of bloggers thinking colours or clothing are clashing when they actually aren’t, but none of your pieces clash.

    1st – the kimono clashes with nothing because the blues go with your top and denim shorts.
    2nd – the pants don’t clash because the top is plain so the pants are the focal point and so the top blends in
    3rd – the pants, again, don’t clash, the tops are plain, blends in with the pants and the shoes match because they match the green in the pants.
    4th – the bag doesn’t clash because you have black and white in your top.

    hence, none of the things you picked for clashing actually clashes with anything because you’ve blended your outfits together well and co-ordinated everything.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 February 2014 - 6.40 pm

      I guess we’re going to have to agree to disagree. Clashing in my dictionary says “to come into conflict, be in opposition”.

      The printed kimono is clashing because it is worn against a striped item
      The pants are clashing with the top as traditionally mustard does not go with peach
      The pants are clashing as the lace top and the printed pants are both patterned
      The bag is clashing as it is an elegant lady bag with its cream and black colour combo and classic chain handle worn with very casual pants and shoes

      Thank you for reading Kimba LikesReplyCancel

      • Jewel Divas Style - 18 February 2014 - 7.18 pm

        Except the stripes on your top are thin and narrow so they are not on show and pale in comparison to the print of the kimono, from a distance you will see the kimono, not the stripes. It’s all to do with balance and scale.

        Peach is a shade of orange, next to mustard which is a shade of yellow so as far as the pic is concerned I see that they go together. And you tie it in with the shoes and necklace.

        A lace top is going to be patterned regardless, it’s lace, it’s white, so as a neutral it goes, but that does not make it clash with the print of the pants.

        As for the bag, what does it matter if it’s an elegant lady bag, the colours go with your outfit, you matched it, it does not clash.

        I was giving you a compliment by saying you blended your outfits well and you disagreed with me, lol. As a stylist I’m shaking my head in disbelief.ReplyCancel

        • Kimba - 19 November 2014 - 12.28 pm

          I’m also a stylist JDS. Again, I repeat, we are going to have to agree to disagree.ReplyCancel

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