The picture below illustrates my two favorite easy steps to getting dressed. Can you guess what they are?
When in doubt, wear layers and accessorize!
I love layers. Layering is a great way to add interest and dimension to an outfit. It also allows for many looks out of just a few clothing items. Say I wore a green long-sleeve shirt yesterday. Adding a black cardigan over the shirt I wore yesterday makes a whole new look for today. Or maybe I could try my green shirt under a patterned T-shirt. I try to mix colors and see what catches my eye.
Sometimes an outfit can seem dull. Even when I wear a copy-cat look, I'm missing a bit of pizazz that makes the look complete. That's where accessories come in! Scarves are easy (and warm) for going out, but they tend to get in the way when I'm at home. (Leaning over the toilet to lift my three-year-old onto the seat is dangerous for my scarf...and leaning over to slide dinner into the hot oven is dangerous for my scarf and for me.) My go-to accessory when I'm at home is earrings. I try to wear earrings every day, even if I plan to stay home. In fact, I wore earrings the day after my wisdom tooth surgery when I was stuck on the couch! I have a collection of hoops (maybe ten pairs) in multiple sizes and multiple colors. I also a pair of pearl studs, a pair of (fake) diamond studs, and one or two pairs of dressy earrings.
When I do need to go out, if I'm not wearing a scarf, I usually add a necklace. Again, I keep it basic. I love beads. I have one black bead necklace, a long string of multi-colored beads, and a wooden bead necklace (that I made myself for about $4).
What about you? Do you wear layers? Do you have a favorite accessory?
Here are a few more fun posts on layering and accessorizing:
- "3 Accessories For the Busy Mama" by Me
- "DIY No-Sew T-shirt Scarf" by Allyson
- "Jewelry Trends" by The Tiny Twig
- "Layering the Plain" by Beauty and Bedlam
- "Scarves" by Kati