Trendy Outfit Ideas : Basic Principles of Fashion 2024

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Trendy Outfit Ideas: A Designer's Checklist to Create Trendy Outfit Ideas. These are basic principles of fashion to create trendy outfit ideas for anybody.

If you are into sewing for sometime or pursuing fashion designing, you can't ignore principle elements of fashion.

These principles will help you in creating trendy outfit ideas for just anybody.

Not all of us are born with a great understanding of these principles of designing but with a little observation and creative experimentation, anybody can be her own designer.

That also a pretty good one!

So, here we explore the element and principle of fashion or dress making. These are the secrets that the designers put into the dresses they make for you.

Before you start applying these basic principles of fashion to any Dress, target your fashion product, for instance long dresses, pants, jackets, frocks, Kurtis etc.

The basic principles of fashion design are to address your target product and fulfill the following questions as accurately as you can.

Your answers will help you create trendy outfit ideas that will meet all fashion principles.

  1. 1
    Which category of fashion your dress belongs to ?
  2. 2
    For which season this dress is suitable and what material would be used?
  3. 3
    What fitting you want for your dress?
  4. 4
    Should this dress be functional for everyday use or a red carpet dress?
  5. 5
    Do you want your dress to be stylish, simple, formal or casual?
  6. 6
    What is the theme or brand image of your fashion collection?
  7. 7
    What trimmings and add-on you want to be in this dress?

You might have used these elements in different ways in different times or might have given them a miss sometimes.

Once you have answered the above questions, here we just have a little hint how you can create fabulous and trendy outfit ideas by following these basic principles of fashion :-


I always say that dress making is somewhat like cooking.

You may have your individual liking or disliking, tastes or distastes but what makes your creation a hit, is right proportion of all the ingredients.

You dress’s pockets, lace, buttons, patchwork, hooks, collar, cuff has to have a pleasing match of sizes. There is no need to put in odd pieces together to spoil the look.

  • You must have a clear picture of the goal, you want to achieve by your design. What LOOK you exactly want?
  • Based on that you should put the proportional sizes of different pieces of a dress together.

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#2. Your Design Need Balance

Sometimes, you would have noticed some dresses, which might have been simple yet catch your fancy.

Other times, you would also remember some dresses (though they may be sky rocketed priced) looking quite over the top and vulgar.

This is the element, we call balance of design. It should not be too heavy or too light. Just right! The equal distribution of visual appeal is balance.

Though, our design can be symmetrical or asymmetrical, yet it has to have a defined balance otherwise the effect is disturbing, which may make us uncomfortable .

#3. Focus on Key Elements of Fashion

You need  to focus on some key elements to get a design right.

The balance in your dress design is influenced by fashion elements like positioning of pockets, trimmings, prints etc. 

In short, what is the attraction point of your dress?

#4. Position of Prints & Design

While making a dress, a large print or flowers placed near the center can be balanced by smaller prints or plain fabric near the edge to get a slimmer look.

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#5. What should be the Size

Larger looks heavier. Big prints creates volume. Plain dresses make you look slimmer.

#6. Thickness & Appearance of Fabric

A dress with more complex texture looks heavier than one with a simple texture or no texture at all.

#7. What should be the Color Value & Shades

Darker feels heavier and looks heavier, too. That’s one of the reason we have one Short Black Dress in our wardrobe because longer black dresses are ideal for petite figures.

#8. Rhythm

When we have a beautiful repetition of prints, lines or color, we create rhythm in our design. Rhythm in a design looks pleasing and appealing.

#9. Emphasis

Nature has created us with some unique features and the purpose of our dress is to highlight that uniqueness in us.

There needs to be a highlight or main focal point in our dress which attracts the attention as soon as anybody looks at it.

he emphasis can not be spread every where in a dress. It has to be at one or two major points preferably.

Though there can be dominance & sub ordinance of design, which means some points are highlight, some are not so highlighted.

#10. Unity & Harmony

When all the elements of a design blend together to create a pleasing and desirable style, then it is unity and harmony of design.

These principles of dress designing may seem a bit theoretical but believe me once you start taking a note of them in your everyday dressing, you’ll feel a dynamic change in your personal style and you can create trendy outfit ideas using these simple tips.

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