It’s All About the Accessories

Monday, August 27, 2012

There is a really simple idea in fashion and I live by it…accessories make an outfit. Accessories can take a blah, boring or just ok outfit and turn it into one of your favorites.

By adding a few simple accessories I turned an old dress (on the verge of becoming a Saturday morning errand dress) into an outfit I love and have put into regular rotation in my wardrobe.

I bought this dress a few years ago at my favorite store, LOFT. 

(where's my head?)

By itself, it’s just a cute, plain, black cotton dress. It’s super comfortable and got quite a lot of wear, but after about three years of wearing and washing it, I decided the dress just wasn’t work appropriate anymore and it needed to stay in my closet until the more relaxed weekend rolled around. [sidenote: I don’t know why I even worried about it not being work appropriate, I work in non-profit arts, pretty much anything is work appropriate there.]

A few weeks ago I went outlet shopping and picked up a pink and purple floral print cardigan (that I love, why didn’t I buy more in other colors?) and a thick white belt that have helped transform this tired black dress into a much better version of itself. The belt broke up the otherwise boring dress and the cardigan added plenty of color to really pop the outfit. I added my favorite black wedges and the super cute Isadora Pearl Bib necklace from Stella & Dot and viola – I now have a new favorite outfit. 

Just by taking a few extra minutes each morning and selecting a couple extra pieces, I have taken this dress from drab to fab! (Yes, I totally just went there and got super cheesy!)

Dress: LOFT (old). Cardigan: Ann Taylor Factory Store. Belt: New York & Company. Shoes: Target. Watch: Macy's. Necklace: Stella and Dot.

So why don't you grab some accessories and see which items in your closet you can turn into brand new, favorite outfits? Have fun!


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