We always want to look like our most fabulous selves, but the morning rush combined with a day’s worth of to-do’s looming can get in the way. I find I feel my best when I look “put-together” but that doesn’t always have to mean spending a ton of time getting ready. One great way to cut down on the am chaos is to take the same approach many of us do with kids and lay out (or in our case, hang up) the outfit the night before. This allows you extra time to make sure the pieces work right together, and eliminates the “nothing-to-wear” drama in the middle of making breakfast, packing lunches, and maybe even managing a sweep of mascara on your way out the door.
But there are also some easy pieces you can start transitioning into your fall wardrobe now, that will liven up those same black chinos and simple top you tend to reach for, adding punch to your outfit without a second thought. You might need to tippy-toe outside your accessorizing comfort zone a tiny bit to have a real impact, but trust me — we can do this.
Animal print is the new neutral. If you’re prone to donning white, black, tan, or any other overload of neutrals, we could totally be best friends. But as chic as a monochromatic outfit can be, adding unexpected flair is easy as throwing on a leopard- or zebra- print scarf, belt, or pair of flats on your way out the door. You might feel inclined to make the outfit really “match” this standout piece — but you don’t have to. A somewhat neutral base (jeans, slacks, even a tweed pencil skirt) works perfectly with animal print.
Don’t shy away from color. Brick-red jeans or a bold blue slouchy sweater might not be your “thing,” but working bright pops of color in with your accessories is an easy way to finish off any look and add some sass without a second thought. I love a dangling earring for this purpose — chunky turquoise beaded necklaces and candy-colored handbags work, too. And remember — when you’re rocking a leather accessory in a color other than brown or black, be prepared to get stopped every 20 minutes by a stranger coveting and demanding to know where you found it!
Chunky knits are not sloppy. As long as you take care of your knitwear, getting any of those little balls of wear shaved off at the dry cleaner once or twice a season, and keeping them makeup-free, you’re good. Chunky knits are not only cozy; they add a touch of British-inspired sophistication to any ensemble. I love a thick wool snood, a perfect hat, or even borrowing a cardigan from my husband and pairing it with my skinniest jeans. Have fun with knitwear and remember that warm and comfy is always in style.