With summer approaching there is SUCH a temptation to buy all new clothes and accessories. If you are anything like me, you go into your closet and think "I have nothing to wear! I must go shopping!" every time the season changes. It's so easy for us to constantly get bored with our old clothes or only think of each piece as one dimensional. The same goes for accessories. When we do decide to buy a new dress, we instantly think about what new earrings we need to wear with it. It's time to take a look at our closet with new light. I'm here to help you look at your wardrobe with fresh eyes so you can save money, be inspired and (as always) feel confident in your clothes.
I couldn't be more excited about my newest project! On the first Thursday of every month I'm going to be sharing with you one outfit, styled in two different ways. Not only am I going to be showing you how versatile your clothes can be, I'm also going to be shedding some light on accessorizing. I've decided I'll be REPEATING the same accessories in each post. I KNOW! I'm talking crazy! Most fashion bloggers wear tons of new clothes and accessories every week forcing you to think that you always need the new hottest thing. But let's be honest, that is just not realistic for everyone. I really want to help you see the items in your closet in a new way, and so I'll also be talking more about accessories throughout this series. Let's kick this off with one of my favorite versatile items, a black jumpsuit!
Guys, jumpsuits are the beeeest. Not only do they easily go from day to night, they are so comfortable as well! I know most people see something as specific as this and think it can only be worn one way. Clearly, that just ain't the truth. I especially like this jumpsuit because it's light weight silk, which works great for a more dressed up look, but it's playful nature also works with flats and a fun black floppy hat.
A black jumpsuit is the perfect item for an exercise like this one. When looking for versatility in pieces like this one, think about color and fabric. It's a solid, dark color which tends to make the transition to evening quite easy. Think about the versatility in fabric as well. If your dress is a heavy sweater material it may not work for a lot of different scenarios.
Look 1: Dressed Up for Date Night
Hello hot pink heels?! There is something about a bright heel that makes me feel like it's time to party. Am I right? I like to keep it clean with the rest of the accessories because wearing a jumpsuit is a statement in itself. So between that and the hot pink heels, I didn't want to go overboard on the jewelry. I stuck with my trusty chunky gold necklace and gold knot bangle.
One thing that happens after you give birth is you forget how UNCOMFORTABLE real clothes are. I love anything that is dressy but comfortable at the same time. Can I get an "Amen" for that? Seriously! Go get yourself a jumpsuit (I know I sound like a jumpsuit infomercial but I can't stop gushing about them...). If I was Oprah I'd be going around yelling "You get a jumpsuit and you get a jumpsuit!" but I digress.
Look 2: Dressed Down for a Lady Date
Not gonna lie, I felt gooooood in this outfit. Something about a black floppy hat that makes me feel like a diva. What can I say? Give it a try... it's SO fun. So even though this is the same jumpsuit, this look gives off a different vibe. It's got a more urban, casual feel due to the nude sandal and long pendant necklace. Sometimes when you are wearing a solid colored maxi dress or jumpsuit you may feel like it's not giving you enough definition. Adding a belt breaks up the look and shows off your waist. Double bonus! I'm a huge fan of my rose gold Michael Kors watch and I like to rock it as much as possible. I'm not a stickler for matchy matchy with jewelry but I AM a fan of chunky chunky. This watch doesn't need to coordinate perfectly with my bangles as long as I wear them on different wrists. Don't be afraid of rose gold. Rose gold is your friend!
This outfit is a perfect example of what we were talking about last week. It's easy to throw on, yet you still feel put together, stylish and like you are ready to take on the day! Now it's time to put everything we've learned into practice! Go to your closet and take something out that you have been bored with lately. Style it with different accessories than normal and think outside of your comfort zone. In the comments on the blog and using the hashtag #confidentstyle let me hear and see all about your new discoveries!
Next week I'm going to be sharing my new favorite bag to wear with this jumpsuit. We'll talk about how to incorporate pops of color as well as some other tidbits about rocking an unconventional handbag. So stay tuned and have a lovely week!
Photography: MELANIE DUERKOPP PHOTOGRAPHY
Hair and Makeup: MELISSA HOFFMANN