What to Wear This Week: Danielle Prescod
Maybe the key to getting dressed is getting organized…
You’re a SERIOUS outfit planner. How far in advance are you planning?
For a typical week, I try to plan a look for every day. It can get especially complicated if I am going to the gym and need to go directly somewhere afterwards. But that’s why it’s way better to plan ahead.
I do run-throughs; a run-through is a process that happens at magazines to determine whether or not certain looks will work for a shoot. I like to have run-throughs for all of my outfits. This consists of laying out options on the floor as they would appear on my body. If I like the way something looks, then I try it on. If everything fits, it makes the cut and I add it to a note in my phone that is categorized by day and I write down what I am wearing for each day of the week. I usually just do Saturday and Sunday in my head. There is less pressure on the weekend but if I have an event on the weekend, I still try on all the possible looks before choosing one. This sounds crazy, I guess, but it is a lot simpler than it seems.
What questions do you ask yourself when getting dressed?
My number one question lately is: does this fit you? Followed by: does this look good? I try to be really critical in both of these aspects because even though I may love something in my closet, if it doesn’t fit properly, there is no point in wearing in. Ditto if it doesn’t look good.
What happens when you have a planned outfit but something happens that derails your plan, like the weather or a change of events?
There is nothing worse than having a cute outfit planned and waking up to RAIN. Seriously, it’s terrible. I really hate to have to change but I adjust if necessary. It usually ends up being an outfit I am not totally happy with and it will put me in a bad mood all day. If we are being honest, I try to stay home until it stops raining so that I can continue with my original outfit plan.
Do you start from the shoes and work your way up, or clothes and then down? Do the pieces you choose to wear aim to say anything specific?
I always start with the shoes. How much walking I need to do that day will dictate heel height and ultimately, the necessary comfort level. From there, I try to build an outfit.
Foolproof styling trick?
A bodysuit, no tucking!
The one garment that never lets you down?
A mini skirt.
The one that always lets you down?
A maxi skirt!
Your best shopping tip?
Only buy what looks absolutely amazing on you or what has the potential to look amazing on you when you tailor it within an inch of its life.
What does the perfect outfit look like to you?
Mini skirt, latest merch tee, granny kitten heel.
What’s the most important part of an outfit?
The shoes and jewelry — easiest way to not look “basic.”
Anything else you want to add? What’s the one thing no one asks you but you wish they would?
I would just like to add that I’m not crazy. I am just VERY type A and I like to be well-prepared.