Some women treat getting dressed as though they’re creating a work of art. Others simply put clothes on to cover their body. Most days I fall somewhere in the middle. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on creating various looks from the same core pieces and how I add drama to a casual outfit.
This time of year you’ll usually find me wearing jeans and a cashmere sweater of some kind. It’s a simple base that can be accessorized to create many different styles.
If I wanted to look feminine, I could add low heels, pearls, and a curvy, soft jacket. For a sportier look, I could add sneakers, a baseball cap, and a zip-up jacket. You can get a classic vibe by adding nice loafers or driving mocs and a tailored blazer. For drama, I added a hat, ruana, and a touch of animal print.
I started with a patterned belt because a little animal print always jazzes things up. This belt (similar) has got to be at least 20 years old and is one of my favorites. I like the texture of the cow hair and the neutral color. I do have an orange-toned leopard print belt but went with this one to keep things cool-toned.
Once I’d decided on my pale gray boots (similar), my gray Fedora felt like a natural. Hat’s go a long way to help me feel pulled together, as well as protect my face from the sun. They do create hat hair, but they also cover a bad hair day, so there is that:)
You need to feel comfortable being noticed because wearing a hat makes you stand out. They add drama and a touch of mystery to whatever you wear them with.
I’m a big fan of Ruanas and capes. They’re dramatic and their “swish” makes them fun. Mine is a treasured gift from Chico’s several years ago, but
I finished off my casual outfit with another dramatic (for me) touch, red lipstick. I seldom wear red because it can overwhelm my pale coloring but it’s a perfect shade when wearing black.
SHOP THE POST
A simple sweater and jeans, or any casual combination can be dressed to achieve virtually any style recipe you want….based on the accessories you use.
What is your go-to base this time of year?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.