If you have ever wanted to consciously build up your fashion style but have been unsure where to start, you might have heard about the concept of the ‘capsule wardrobe’: a small collection of essential items that you choose for their versatility in terms of weather, time of day, setting and pairing options. The most famous capsule wardrobe item is no doubt the ‘little black dress’ made popular in the 1920s – a simple, short black cocktail dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Like the ‘LBD’, the rest of your capsule wardrobe is meant to be simple and neutral.
Many people, however, forget that a capsule wardrobe is not meant to stand on its own, barring any serious financial or storage space limitations. The idea is that you will be able to vary up your look while keeping the number of core clothes you own down to a minimum by using accessories appropriately. If you have focused on building up your core staple of simple, versatile clothes at the expense of everything else, and have now got bored with your own style, read on for some tips on how to jazz up your wardrobe without having to throw out every piece of clothing you own and start again.
If there is one thing that the fashion for chunky scarves of the past few years has taught us, it’s that you can never underestimate the power that a well-placed scarf has in completely transforming an outfit—for better or for worse! Chunky or otherwise, a colorful scarf will jazz up any number of drab clothes, as well as keeping you cozy and warm in the approaching winter months. Particularly recommended if you followed the masses and bought yourself a dark coat!
Too often, especially for busy people who don’t have a lot of time to dedicate each day to putting an outfit together, handbags become an afterthought. If you have a closet full of rather simple clothes, however, you can turn this tendency into an advantage by adding a funky, unusual purse to your repertoire. Pair a couture clutch with your little black dress, for example, and you’re ready to dance the night away in style!
One of the greatest mysteries of fashion for many people is why most shoes are either comfortable or stylish, but not both. If you care about your comfort and the health of your feet, it’s likely that your everyday shoes are rather boring—unless you are one of those unlucky people who are forced to don stiletto heels for work every day, in which case you might be wearing more eye-catching shoes but spending a high comfort price for the privilege! Fortunately, it’s becoming easier to find unusual shoes that combine edgy styles with flat soles which are kinder to your feet and spine. Unless you particularly like to stand out, pair them with simple clothing for an elegant look with a funky twist!