Posts Categorized: accessories

Reader Request: Dressing Up a Casual Work Ensemble

An anonymous commenter had this request:

Almost all of my clothes are casual work, but from time to time, I actually want to go out. I can put together cute work outfits pretty easily, but feel like I look bland in the evening. How can I take casual work clothes and make them work for going out?

Great question! And a few easy pieces, tucked away in your bag or car, can help transform a dressed-down day look into a spruced-up night look.

STATEMENT NECKLACE

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I know, I know. The phrase “statement necklace” has been uttered so many times it makes most of us cringe. And yet, it accurately describes this piece of jewelry: A big, bold, chunk of a necklace that makes a true stylistic statement. read more

Originally posted 2010-12-27 06:05:39.

How to Shop for Handbags

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I’ve been a shoe gal for years. Years and years and years. And then for some more years after those years. I never thought I’d give a hoot about handbags because I never had. Before I launched the blog, I hunted down and found my perfect everyday bag and I bought it and carried it diligently every day for the next five years. But then something shifted. I have absolutely no idea why, but I took an interest in handbaggery after ages of indifference and have been slowly accumulating a nice little collection for various occasions and uses. read more

Originally posted 2011-05-31 06:24:48.

Reader Request: Accessory-free Outfits

How to create outfits without accessories that still look complete

threegoodrats asked:

I’d love to see something about creating interesting outfits without accessories. Although I hope to add interesting scarves and jewelry to my wardrobe, my budget pretty much restricts me to buying garments and shoes. I’m trying to use layers, and look for more patterned garments as opposed to solid colors, but I’d love more suggestions!

Well! I dug through a LOT of my outfit shots to find some accessory-free ensembles, and could only scrape together a handful. I lean heavily on jewelry and accessories to perk up and/or tie together what I’m wearing, and believe that exploring and employing accessories can help most women build eye-catching and expressive outfits. Minimalist looks done correctly will make a small group of extremely simple, unaccessorized garments look sleek and gorgeous. But few women seek true minimalism for their own looks, and doing minimalism well is a skill I’ve yet to acquire, so I’m more inclined to push accessorization. read more

Originally posted 2011-05-16 06:06:52.