BAGS AND CLUTCHES
We all have days where all we can muster together to wear is black. Nothing wrong with that (after all it is most peoples can't think about it today outfit choice) and it is a stylish option. However, if you want to add the fashion expert look, you will always look like you know what you are doing if you team it up with a really cute bag or clutch.
Choose textures with beading, embroidery, pom poms or tassels in bold colours, straw or fur in a bag or a clutch. Worn against the backdrop of a simple outfit (make sure you are wearing cool sunnies) you will have the recipe for that relaxed chic look.
STATEMENT NECKLACES, BIG EARRINGS, RINGS AND SCARFS
Fake jewels are the best – Go big, go bold or go home! Just make sure you have a killer nail vanish on if you are wearing a chunky ring that will grab attention.
Statement necklaces can make an old outfit look brand new and bring it in to the current season. Whether it is chunky, metallic, sparkly, a pendant that can be layered or a lace choker added to the simplest of outfits they add depth and can actually change the look of the neckline to make the neckline more flattering for you.
Like a statement necklace, scarfs can add colour to your face, keep you warm, and add a visual interest. Try to choose your scarfs in neutral colours e.g black/white taupe/white grey or charcoal if in a print. With bright colours go solid to work back with more pieces and you can wear the print in your outfit.
The colour looks great on everyone. I look at it as a neutral, like denim it goes with most colours. It also feels lovely to wear. Chambray looks so good in a pant or a shirt. My first date with my husband he was wearing a chambray shirt and then when I was pregnant with my first child, I wore that same chambray shirt, collar up, chunky necklace over the collar (so nineties). In fact my favourite designers in the eighties staple fabric was chambray.
Some of you may remember printed chambray, cheese cloth, big crazy hair, INXS, Midnight Oil and Hoodoo Gurus? For me they are the my memories of the late eighties.
3.WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT
You need at least one of these. A structured fitted style will go anywhere. Make sure the collar and cuffs are interesting. You then can add that statement necklace or earings, throw an oversized knit over the top and va va voom. It wouldn’t hurt to have a more relaxed soft drapey fabric in a shirt with collar also. This can be tucked in to a waisted skirt or jeans add a pump and gorgeous!