Creating an Outfit with Vision

Today I’m sharing my style tip that I use before planning any outfit! This is my style secret that I have been using forever. It has gotten me through so many important events and special occasions and always helps me look my best. It got me through dressing for a cocktail party with Lancome. So what’s the secret? You might be surprised to find out!


Choose a couple adjectives that describe how you want to appear to others.

I recommend only choosing two or three. Ask yourself, “When others look at me in this outfit, what do I want them to see?” Do you want to appear sophisticated or feminine? Do you want to appear edgy or bold? Whatever it is, decide what’s most important for you to look your best.



stylemissmolly_9477_blogWhy does this work? Think of it as your outfit vision. Without a vision, your outfit will not only be harder to pull together, but it will also have the tendency to lose sight of how you want to look. By coming up with words that describe your look before you put the outfit together, you are much more likely to remain on track and end up with a look that is exactly what you wanted. It’s that simple!



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Can you guess which two words I chose?

Keep smiling!



Shoes: Nude Mesh Heels;  Purse: Cool Gold Clutch;  Necklace: Tassel Necklace;  Dress: Royal Blue Midi Dress (sold out) – Similar with strap frontSimilar straplessSimilar with cutout detail

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Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. December 8, 2015 / 11:54 am

    So stunning, Molly!!

    • December 8, 2015 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you Holly! You are very kind! Hope you have an amazing week!

      🙂 Molly

  2. December 8, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Hey gorgeous! I love this post! You look amazing (that color is stunning on you, though I’m starting to think all colors are) and I love your style tip. I never really thought about it, but it makes complete sense! Keep it up girl! (And those shoes! Only $25?!! What?!!)

    xx -kim

    • December 8, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you Kim for such sweet compliments! You are very kind! Guess what? The shoes are SO comfortable too! I wore them all night and wasn’t once thinking about wanting to take them off! Now that’s a winning pair of heels!

      🙂 Molly

  3. December 8, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Great styling tip! And I love that dress on you..that’s my favorite color and the nude pumps make your legs look super long! win win 🙂

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:33 pm

      Thank you Renee! Nude pumps are definitely great for making the legs appear longer and when you already have long legs than it REALLY helps! Haha! Thanks for your sweet words!


    • December 9, 2015 / 11:34 pm

      I bet the dress looks amazing on you! You would totally rock an interview in this color! Thank you dear!


    • December 9, 2015 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you Fionna! Hope you’re having a great week!


  4. December 8, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    I love this entire look! Especially the bag, it is to die for! Have you seen the new digital fashion calendar ? I think you are really going to love it!

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:35 pm

      Thanks so much! The bag is totally a gem!


  5. December 8, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    Wowwwwww! You look drop dead gorgeous. Beautiful dress. It Looks amazing on you!
    Xo, Raysa

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:35 pm

      Awwww! Thank you! You make me blush!


    • December 9, 2015 / 11:31 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoy all my style tips. I love sharing them! Thank you!


  6. December 8, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Such an unexpected styling advice but make so much sense! And you look amazing in this dress Molly 💙

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:30 pm

      It really is unexpected, because of the simplicity of it! Hope you try it and love it as much as I do! Thanks for your compliments!


  7. December 8, 2015 / 10:29 pm


    This is such fun, good advice! I am absolutely going to try this prior to the next time I go out!
    You have such a model figure!! Beautiful!


    • December 9, 2015 / 11:30 pm

      Aww thanks girlie! I hope you try it and love it! It has saved me so much frustration in planning and it’s so simple!

      🙂 Molly

  8. December 8, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    Molly, you’ve got such an amazing figure and are absolutely beautiful! What an interesting tip; I’ve never thought of styling with this method, but it makes so much sense to do so. I’ll definitely try it out the next time I pick an outfit!

    May | THE MAYDEN

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:28 pm

      May, you are totally making me blush over here! Thanks for leaving such a sweet and thoughtful comment! Let me know how picking out the outfit goes with this tip!

      🙂 Molly

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:27 pm

      Thank you, Laura! Such kind words!


  9. December 9, 2015 / 2:38 am

    This is such a great idea Molly! I’d never thought of this before 🙂 You are looking so super stunning in this cobalt dress. I’m gonna guess the words are classy and sexy

    Rachel xx

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you Rachel! It really does help me out! You guessed one of the words “classy”. You should earn some sort of prize for being spot on, haha!


  10. Alice
    December 9, 2015 / 2:41 am

    Wonderful pictures, you look gorgeous in that dress! Love the vivid colour!
    Fashion Soup

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:23 pm

      Thank you Alice! This color is totally great for going bold and wearing all year round!


    • December 9, 2015 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you Carina! Such a sweet thing to say! Hope you’re having a great week!


  11. Amy Ann
    December 9, 2015 / 5:24 am

    Beautiful! Such a great color on you and very flattering. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:14 pm

      Thank you Amy for stopping by! You’re so sweet for leaving such kind compliments! Have a great week!


    • December 9, 2015 / 11:14 pm

      Thank you Chaicy! I definitely think that cobalt blue can be worn all year round! It’s so fun!


  12. December 9, 2015 / 10:13 am

    I loved this post! I really enjoyed how you mention the importance of having a Vision. Incorporating a vision will give a purpose of what you outfit appearance is intended for. Also, thanks for the freebie list, will be signing up as we speak! Looking beautiful Molly as always!
    – Robin

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:13 pm

      Thanks Robin! The times I don’t think of a vision are the times I don’t feel 100% confident in what I’m wearing. Having a vision helps me look great and feel great! Hope they help you!


  13. December 9, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Such a great tip, Molly! I’ve never thought to think of adjectives first before putting my looks together, but it’s something I’ll definitely try now, thanks for sharing and I LOVE that beautiful blue dress on you! Have a wonderful day 🙂



    • December 9, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      Thanks Jalisa for the compliments! Try it and let me know what you think! I’m always open to hearing how it works for another!

      🙂 Molly

  14. December 9, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Molly, you are so gorgeous! I love this blue dress, you look like you jumped out of VOGUE magazine! Love it., beauty!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      Now that is the BEST compliment ever! That would be a DREAM! Thank you!


  15. December 9, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    What an absolutely stunning dress, and I love the vibrant blue – I’m sure you stand out in a sea of LBDs! Love your concept of choosing an adjective or two as the starting point for creating your look! I think I do that a little bit on a subconscious level as I try to maintain my own personal style and vibe with every outfit.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:11 pm

      Thanks, Gina! I definitely stood out in a sea of LBDs. Even the decor was elegant white roses! So pretty! I think we all do this subconsciously too! It definitely helps to have a vision with your outfit!

      🙂 Molly

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you Nichole! I love this color, I wear it all year round!

      🙂 Molly

  16. December 9, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    Hi sweet friend! What an adorable way to pick an outfit! I love that you pick 2-3 adjectives. I feel like I almost use this method too, but in terms of my mood! Do I want to pull off the cute/casual look today, or do I want to look sophisticated? Am I feeling playful, or more serious? Your pictures are stunning! You look so great in blue! xo

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:06 pm

      Chelsea, it’s so awesome that you do this too based on your mood! I am definitely the same way. If I want to look sophisticated than I probably would be in the mood for cute. But who knows, a sophisticated-cute could totally work! haha! Thanks for your sweet words!

      🙂 Molly

  17. December 9, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    Lovely outfit, and you wrote a great tip! I will definitely have to keep that style vision because I do want to incorporate my outfit with my personality.

    • December 9, 2015 / 11:01 pm

      Thank you, Deasy! I love that you too find it important to incorporate personality in your outfits. Afterall, that is what style is all about!

      🙂 Molly

  18. December 10, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    This might be my favorite look yet! I love a gem tone blue because it compliments nearly any complexion. The photos are so crisp and clear and you look so confident in this outfit.


    • December 14, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Kelsey! Thank you for saying that! I really love blue too and I’m so glad you think it compliments my complexion. I think this color looks fabulous on anyone!

      🙂 Molly

  19. December 12, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Hey Molly, great style tip, will use it for sure! Love your outfit, that color looks so great on you! Beautiful pictures.
    For this outfit, I think you used words – sophisticated and glamorous! 🙂

    • December 14, 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks Rita! So glad you like the tip and I hope it helps you out! Sophisticated was one of my words! Bold was my other one!

      🙂 Molly

  20. December 15, 2015 / 5:07 am

    Well that is just a genius idea! I am dying to know which words you used to describe your vision on this outfit- gorgeous is what it and you are!

    • December 16, 2015 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you, Melissa! I chose the words sophisticated and bold 😉

      Keep smiling!

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