I like to keep things uncomplicated when I dress myself. I don’t like to fuss over or think about an outfit too much. But I also like to make a statement with my clothes. Making and statement and keeping things simple don’t always go together…but they can!
Today I want to share with you a formula of sorts that I use when putting together an outfit. I have blogged about this easy formula before (here and here) creating casual, everyday looks. In this post, I am focusing on head-turning, get-noticed outfits that will make a statement.
First, you need to create your foundation. This is the most important part and the one I believe you will want to spend the most time figuring out.
For me, an all black foundation is best for creating statement looks. Everything goes with black. It’s like a blank canvas you can add colors, textures and layers too.
Find a nice fitting pair of black pants. They can be ankle pants, like mine, or you can wear trousers or slacks. I love these black ponte pants from Stella Carakasi (similar). They have just the right amount of stretch without becoming baggy and the waistband is flat so you don’t have to worry about buttons and zipper covers poking through your top. They are incredibly comfortable and soft too.
For my blouse, I chose a loose fitting high-low top with a slightly scooped neck and long sleeves. I prefer a light material since I will be adding layers. If it’s particularly cold outside, I can add a camisole underneath.
Now that you’ve got your foundation, it’s time to make your statement!
Statement #1: A Ladylike Statement
Winter white is one of my favorite shades. It makes me feel elegant and ladylike. And what could be more ladylike than pearls? This faux pearl statement necklace is one of my favorites. I bought it a few years ago around this time of year, and though I don’t wear it as much as I used to, I still adore it.
Statement #2: A Southwest Statement
This Peruvian alpaca wool cape/wrap from Montecristi Panama Hats is so luxurious and I just love the rich, warm color. A cape is a great way to stay warm and make a statement and it’s so easy to throw on and head out the door.
I added tall boots, a wool hat (also from Montecristi) and a beaded tassel necklace from Kay and Star to complete my southwest-inspired look.
Statement #3: A Glamorous Statement
Tamera Beardsley is the most glamorous woman I know so it made sense that I would wear a pair of earrings designed and created by Tamera for my glamorous look.
I wore a boiled wool coat with a fur collar that I bought at Burlington Coat Factory in 1999 with some sparkly gold and black pumps. I carried my favorite evening bag by Louis Vuitton, a birthday gift from my husband a couple years back. This will be my New Year’s Eve look!
Statement #4: An Edgy Statement
I recently added this Stella Carakasi biker-style jacket to my wardrobe, part of their newest collection. I love the way the fabric crinkles (no ironing or steaming needed!). It’s hard to tell, but the material has a bit of a sheen because it’s woven with metal. Isn’t that something?
Statement #5: A Modern Statement
This outfit might pass for a boho look but I thought it was more urban and modern than that. The Stella Carakasi Take Note Vest is one of my favorite fall/winter pieces. This aubergine color is from their Fall 2014 Collection. I wore it with tall boots and a long geode necklace made by Janet Harrer. This is an outfit I have worn several times and will wear again and again!
By adding accessories – like big, glamorous earrings or a head-turning hat – and statement pieces – like a long architectural vest, cape, fur-collared coat or fabulous shoes – you can create many different looks just by starting with a basic black foundation.
What outfits would you create with your basic black foundation?
A reminder that How I Wear My: Gloves is happening next week! Send a photo of you in your glove outfit to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, January 5th along with a description of your look to participate. Visit the How I Wear My page for more information. The post will go live on January 7th!
Happy New Year!
Make it a rich day – and a rich 2016!
Disclosure: All Stella Carakasi pieces, except for the ponte pants, were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.