Getting dressed is pretty basic stuff, right? We only have to cover ourselves and be clean to pass muster. But If we’re feeling a little style mojo, we can choose to coordinate, or clash, or bring a theme, or make a statement. This is why I love everything about style and fashion, even at my advanced age.
I know my mood changes and some days, neat-and-clean and don’t-frighten-the-horses is fine. Like when we’re having a stay-cation, and the biggest energy expenditure of the day is a bike ride to the taco place. A black tee, skinny jeans, and Chucks will make me happy. Oh, and lipstick, gotta have lips.
Other days, I want to elevate from OK to “oh, yeah”. On those occasions I like to practice the Rule of Instead. I reach for my usual pieces then ask, “What might work for me instead . . . ?” For example, here are some lively substitutions:
- Instead of classic heels, how about booties? I have quite a few of these : >
- Instead of a pencil skirt, how about a pencil skirt with glitter? Yummy.
|Halogen skirt, Nordstrom, on sale for $20. I could totally wear this with a casual
long sleeved tee and booties for a fun date night look.
- Instead of my red lips, how about something coral?
- Instead of a bracelet, how about a big honking ring?
- Instead of a shoulder bag, how about a cool clutch?
|Love this bright clutch from Asos, $35. It’s not too “precious” for everyday.|
These “instead ofs” don’t have to cost much or take a lot of styling effort. They just require that I reach twice into the closet – once by habit and then with a new eye.
Do you have ways to pump up a familiar look, by doing an “instead” item? Love to hear your ideas, as always!
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