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How to Spot Versatile Jewelry and Accessories

How to determine if jewelry and accessories will be truly versatile and useful within your wardrobe.

Accessories can become their own little shopping rabbit hole. They’re generally fairly cheap (and can certainly be thrifted for pennies), relatively small, and can often be rationalized when clothing and shoes cannot. It can be tough to predict which items will become versatile staples, and which ones will be abandoned after a few wears. Especially since accessories are often the sartorial realm in which we branch out: We may not dress like a rocker head-to-toe, but the occasional tough-edged accessory may work its way into regular wear. read more

Originally posted 2012-08-23 06:26:51.

How to Create Balance Within an Outfit

how to create balance in outfits

Sometimes you want to wear something that’s intentionally off-kilter. Sometimes it can be tough to create visual balance in a figure that has extremes. Sometimes balance just isn’t a priority. But for many women, balance is a key concept in dressing, and there are many ways to approach it so I’d like to examine a few common practices!

Balancing clothing volume

Already Pretty outfit featuring Yigal Azrouel leather jacket, asymmetric tunic, skinny gray jeans, Clarks Fernwood ankle boots, Alexis Bittar necklace

When I first became truly interested in style and dressing theory, one of the first things I learned was to balance voluminous clothing with fitted clothing. Wanna wear a loose, drapey, voluminous top? You might consider balancing that volume with a close-fitting bottom garment. This also works in reverse: A voluminous bottom can be balanced by a fitted top. If you do volume all over, the observing eye fills in body fullness where there is none. By wearing a voluminous top with voluminous bottoms, you mask the curves and contours of your figure and may make yourself look big all over. By pairing loose with fitted, more of your true figure shape is revealed. read more

Originally posted 2012-10-04 06:04:10.

How to Ease Into Thrifting

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Yep, time to talk about thrifting. AGAIN. But this time, I’m hoping to bend the ears (er, eyes?) of you readers who still aren’t sure about the whole deal. The germs, the disorganization, the lack of size selection/diversity, the sheer amount of time it takes to wade through the racks at a used clothing store … something is holding you back. But you’re open to the idea of easing into thrifting. If you’ve been reluctant thus far but have just a smidgen of curiosity, this one’s for you. read more

Originally posted 2012-08-10 06:17:49.