How To Accessorize Like a Stylist

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

The Art of Accessorizing

Capsule wardrobe success is all about versatility. Obviously your garments need to coordinate but the real secret to creating a trillion outfits out of 37.5 pieces is the strength of your accessory game. Accessories are the critical difference between putting on clothes and rocking an outfit.

If this seems intimidating, I get it. Accessorizing is an art. But, girl - you're savvy! You've already embraced your inner fashion stylist by creating a capsule wardrobe. Once you apply your obvious ingenuity to this easy accessorizing formula you'll be slaying outfits like it's your JOB!

Step 1: Outfit Base

Your outfit base is the simply the 1 - 2 garments that cover your nakedness. You could definitely leave the house like this, but no one would call it stylish. 

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 1: Outfit Base

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 1: Outfit Base

Before you start to accessorize, consider your outfit base. Is it neutral? Colorful? Does it feature textural details or an intricate print? The complexity of your dress, romper or top and bottom informs the complexity of the layer you'll add in Step 2. If there is a lot going on, keep the rest simple. If your base is canvas-like blank - let's paint!

Step 2: Add a Layer

How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 2: Add Texture Color or Print

How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 2: Add Texture Color or Print

This is what fashion bloggers call the "Third Item:" an additional element that adds dimension via texture, color or print. Think: hat, hair flair, belt, scarf, open chambray shirt or cardigan - even a statement necklace. A general guideline is that the additional element can anchor the outfit even if you don't add a lot of additional accessories.

Step 3:  Make It Pop

How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 3: Pick Your Jewelry

How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 3: Pick Your Jewelry

Personal Jewelry

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 3: Personal Jewelry

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 3: Personal Jewelry

I believe a girl should own a few pieces of personal jewelry that she wears with everything. For me it's a pave diamond disk (5th anniversary gift) and my wedding bands. You may have a pair of diamond studs or a delicate gold chain. Depending on the impact of your base and third layer, personal jewelry may be all you need. Should you decide to add additional jewelry these items are delicate enough to layer over. 

Balancing Trends

How to Accessorize Like a Stylist: Balancing Trends

How to Accessorize Like a Stylist: Balancing Trends

This is where so many well intentioned women fail the outfit challenge - loading on too many statements at once. When considering the following trend jewelry, select one per outfit: chandelier earrings, statement necklace, big cuff or arm candy. Keep the rest of your jewelry minimal.

Whatever your jewelry choice, make sure it vibes with your outfit. White linen dress or gauzy bohemian skirt? Pile on the delicate layers. Pencil skirt with white button down? Pair it with chandelier earrings and a thin gold chain. Jewel tone sheath dress? Opt for a statement necklace and simple studs. Swingy pants and fitted tank top? Try a cuff and thin gold hoops.

Step 4: Out The Door

(Appropriately) Fancy Footwork

Like your jewelry, your footwear should complement, not compete with the rest of your look. Bright pumps or exquisitely detailed stilettos could carry a neutral outfit on their own. Conversely, an ikat print romper or an exquisitely beaded ballgown begs for simple shoes. 

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Footwear

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Footwear

Above all, your shoes should fit the occasion. I don't care how expensive they were -- walking up the Eiffel Tower in 4 inch platform stilettos is not a good look. I've also witnessed an unimaginably chic woman work the 'ish out of a formal gown in metallic flats. The secret to style is looking effortless. The secret to looking effortless is feeling comfortable.

Grab Your Bag

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

Thankfully we've moved away from the era of the "IT BAG," when every wannabe Carrie Bradshaw had to have a Fendi Baguette. Hey, I am all for beautiful bags (and I did own a Fendi Baguette), but much like my shoes (but probably more to do with my two toddlers), these days I opt for practicality in purses. When selecting my handbag I ask myself:

  • Does it vibe with the outfit? 
  • Can I easily reach my stuff?
  • Will I have children with me? 
  • Am I going on a date or out with friends? 
MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

At this season of my life, with small children, an office job and infrequent cocktail parties, my handbag collection consists of:

SHOPPING TIP: When shopping for handbags, opt for neutrals (black, nude, brown or metallic) when purchasing a work tote or "It Bag." These are expensive and you'll want to use them often. Experiment with colors and prints with less costly styles like a crossbody or clutch.

I challenge you to invest in a bright bag that coordinates with an accent color in your core capsule. There is no way not to feel happy when you are wearing a colorful purse.

1 Outfit, 2 Ways

Want to see this formula in action? Here are two different looks created with the same base, re-styled accessories and swapped shoes. 

How To Accessorize Like a Stylist: Day Look. Keeping it casual with flat sandals and an open chambray shirt

How To Accessorize Like a Stylist: Day Look. Keeping it casual with flat sandals and an open chambray shirt

Wrapping Up

You probably have plenty of accessories already, you just weren't sure how to style them. However, if you feel like you could use a few more pieces to round out your collection, hit up a thrift store. Seriously! I love thrifting for vintage bags, jewelry and scarves. You can play around with different shapes, textures and colors without breaking the bank and you are guaranteed to find something completely unique. 

SHOPPING TIP: For your best chance at scoring a treasure for cheap, scour thrift stores in wealthy neighborhoods. 

Hopefully this basic to brilliant accessorizing formula helps you better visualize the elements of a well styled outfit. As you get more comfortable with the process, you'll start to tweak the formula and break the "rules" to create a look that feels 100% you. (PS: There are no rules.)

Be the Bright!

xoxo

Jenn

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24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

World's Most Versatile Accessory

If you know me, you know I adore my Hermes scarf collection. Aside from their sentimental value (a decade of gifts from my husband), silk twill scarves are my chic and endlessly versatile secret for adding color and flair to my capsule wardrobe.

The 1 Scarf Styling Trick Guaranteed to Transform Your Capsule Wardrobe

Master this one simple little folding trick and you'll be well on your way to tying your scarves a million different ways.

24 Ways to Wear a Scarf

Now that you know how to knot, check out all the different ways I've rocked my scarves below. 

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

MappCraft | 24 Ways to Wear A Scarf

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How to Layer for Spring 2017: Denim Jacket

MappCraft | How to Layer for Spring 2017: Denim Jacket

MappCraft | How to Layer for Spring 2017: Denim Jacket

Layering 101

An expertly layered outfit is the hallmark of a stylish woman. It takes sartorial skill to blend several garments together to create an multi-dimension, multi-textured look that reads inspired and effortless at once. 

Like A Lyon

MappCraft | How To Layer for Spring 2017: Jenna Lyons Denim Jacket

MappCraft | How To Layer for Spring 2017: Jenna Lyons Denim Jacket

Now we can't all be layering savants like J.Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons (above), but we can master the basics of creative layering -- and exponentially expand the reach of our capsule wardrobes in the process.

Layering Basic: Denim Jacket

MappCraft | How To Layer for Spring 2017: Denim Jacket

MappCraft | How To Layer for Spring 2017: Denim Jacket

Once Spring rolls in, a strong layering game is key to navigating frosty early mornings that end in practically perfect afternoons. 

Thanks to it's iconic shape and match everything hue, the denim jacket is an endlessly versatile layering basic that complements outfits from every single style archetype. 

The absolute best thing about a denim jacket? You probably already own one - and if you don't, there are super affordable options available in every wash, color and style imaginable.

SHOP DENIM JACKETS

8 Ways to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring

1. Americana Style: Denim Jacket Layered Over Tropical Brights

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Americana Style, Over Tropical Brights

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Americana Style, Over Tropical Brights

Southern girls know that denim is an amazing anchor for an otherwise in-your-face color combination; they love to layer a shrunken denim jacket over bright, floor kissing skirts and dresses.

2. Free Spirit Style: Denim Jacket Layered Over a Boho Maxi Dress

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Free Spirit Style, Over a Maxi Dress

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Free Spirit Style, Over a Maxi Dress

Pulling a note from the boho style book, Free Spirit gals use denim jackets to balance ephemeral white eyelet, gauzy maxi dresses and chunky beaded necklaces .

3. Athleisure Style: Denim Jacket Layered Over a Hoodie

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Athleisure Style, Over a Hoodie

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Athleisure Style, Over a Hoodie

This season Athleisure bloggers are ALL ABOUT layering a denim or leather jacket over a drawstring hoody. 

4. Editorial Eclectic Style: Denim Jacket Layered Over a Tribal Print

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Editorial Eclectic Style, Over an Abstract Print

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Editorial Eclectic Style, Over an Abstract Print

Editorial Eclectic is the least definable of the Style Archetypes because it fuses all manner of inspiration. But even the most out there street style blogger appreciates the iconic impact of a classic denim jacket. 

5. Minimalist Style: Denim Jacket Layered Over All Black Everything

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Minimalist Style, Over all Black Everything

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Minimalist Style, Over all Black Everything

With their no frills, embellishment-free personal style, Minimalist bloggers prize authenticity and clean design above all. What's more real than denim?

6. Classically Chic Style: Denim Jacket Layered Over Navy Blazer

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Classically Chic Style, Over all Navy Blazer

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Classically Chic Style, Over all Navy Blazer

Classically Chic ladies rely on well crafted staples they can wear year after year and still look relevant. A timeless denim jacket is high on that list. Take a page from their style book and try layering yours over (or under) a double breasted blazer. 

7. Edgy Style: Denim Jacket Layered Over Concert Tee and Leather 

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Edgy Style, Over a Concert Tee and Leather

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Edgy Style, Over a Concert Tee and Leather

Certain fabrics just harmonize - denim and leather, for instance. Edgy girls use thier well worn jean jackets to dial down the volume on heavy metal concert tees. 

8. Full On Glam Style: Denim Jacket Layered Over Corset Dress

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Full On Glam Style, Over a Corset Dress  

MappCraft | How to Layer a Denim Jacket for Spring: Full On Glam Style, Over a Corset Dress  

The Full On Glam girl is not afraid of putting her curves center stage. Show stopper that she is, she also understands the impact of a big reveal. A denim topper covers just enough material as to not blow the punchline. 

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How To Wear A Slip Dress

How to Wear A Slip Dress

How to Wear A Slip Dress

Simply Perfect

Out of all 36 garments in my Summer 2016 capsule wardrobe, this vibrant purple no name silk slip dress, a $19.99 TJ Maxx impulse purchase from 2011, is easily the most elegant.

Her sumptuous fabric, delicate spaghetti straps and cinched waist aren't particularly toddler-friendly details, but when the right occasion warrants a wear, she doesn't disappoint.

No Name Purple Silk Slip Dress -- Origin, TJ Maxx; Circa 2011

No Name Purple Silk Slip Dress -- Origin, TJ Maxx; Circa 2011

In Praise of the Slip Dress

Second to an understated sex appeal, my favorite thing about a slip dress is its unmatched versatility. With a simple switch of accessories you can go from office to out with ease and the classic simplicity of its silhouette shifts between style archetypes like a sartorial super hero.  

Seriously! Say that three times fast.

 

Beauty Business Outfit

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

For a summer cute meets business casual look,  I layered a lightweight linen cardigan on top and paired the look with flat gold sandals. A Hermes silk twill scarf folded length wise and worn around the neck adds a conservative touch, my orange Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff reminds you I am not at all conservative and a beaded green pendant picks up teal accents in the purple print scarf. Lastly, my trusty beige Loeffler Randall work tote goes with everything and is sized perfectly for a laptop, with plenty of extra room to house happy hour shoes and make up. 

Office Accoutrements 

After 5 Vibe

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

For a quick transition from work to fun, I lose the cardigan, switch out the gold flats for nude peep toes and re-tie my scarf around my waist. The cuff and pendant remain as is. With a swift handbag switch and a swipe of punchy pink lip balm (TheBalm Meet Matte Hughes in Chivalrous is EVERYTHING) - I'm ready for rose. 

Date Night Accessory Roll

Slip Dress Style File

The simple silhouette of a classic slip dress makes it an worthy closet staple for a range of Style Archetypes (What's a Style Archetype, you ask? Girl! Discover your Style Archetype here).

Minimalist

How a Minimalist Wears a Slip Dress

How a Minimalist Wears a Slip Dress

A Minimalist doesn't ALWAYS wear all black. The clean lines of a slip dress make it the perfect canvas to accessorize with architectural accents and a muted metallic pallet. 

Jewelry: Gold Bar Necklace, AuRate NYC

Jewelry: Vermeil Icon Cuff, AuRate NYC

Handbag: My own vintage Diane Von Furstenburg, similar

Shoes: Aquazzura Christy Sparkle Lace-up flat or Steve Madden Sunshine Lace-up

Jacket: BB Dakota draped trench

Classically Chic

How a Classically Chic Girl Wears a Slip Dress

A Classically Chic gal is drawn to structured garments and timeless accessories. She grounds the fluid drape of a slip dress with a sharp blazer and tempers the purple with a neutral bag and shoes. True to form, her diamond pendant never goes out of style (or off her neck) but she's not afraid to add personality with signature arm candy.

JewelryDiamond Pendant Necklace, AuRate NYC

Arm Candy: My own Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff layered over Hermes Twilly 

Handbag: My own Loeffler Randall Open Work Tote, similar

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Nude Peep Toe or Jessica Simpson Bibi Peep Toe Pumps

Jacket: My own vintage Pierre Cardin, similar by Theory

Free Spirit

How a Free Spirit Wears a Slip Dress

A Free Spirit loves her clothes to sway and swish and is inspired by any bygone, easy going era. With its clear homage to vintage Halston, a slip dress hits both marks. She layers her dress under an open kimono and pairs with a fringe bag.  Natural stone earrings project good vibes, a draped gold lariat calls attention to her neck and modern caged sandals keep her looking fresh. 

Jewelry: Gold Connected Necklace, AuRate NYC

Jewelry: My own Kendra Scott Chalcedony Danielle earrings

Handbag: Urban Expressions fringe bucket bag

Shoes: My own Schutz Juliana Caged Heel

Kimono: Anna Sui Bird of Paradise kimono or Romeo & Juliet Couture fringe hem kimono

Editorial Eclectic

How an Editorial Eclectic Wears a Slip Dress

Miss Editorial Eclectic approaches fashion like a mixed media artist. She confidently blends colors, textures, prints and fabric into every outfit. When pairing the deep purple slip dress with every jewel tone in her closet, her mind draws Jungle Book parallels from the bold palm print jacket to the gold winged ear cuff. Clutching a richly beaded handbag on her way to NYFW, she trots up the Lincoln Center stairs in tropical yellow it-girl heels, followed by a throng of bloggers vying for her street shot.

JewelryVermiel Feather Ear Cuff, AuRate NYC

Arm Candy: My own Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff

HandbagBeaded clutch

Shoes: Aquazzura Wild Thing sandals

Jacket: Dolce & Gabbana printed silk jacket 


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Jenn

How To Cement Your Personal Style, Lesson 2: Evaluate Accessories

How to cement your personal style - lesson 2: Evaluate accessories 

How to cement your personal style - lesson 2: Evaluate accessories 

Personal Style Defined

Personal style is a fluid concept.  One thing is certain - you know great style when you see it. This is because style transcends clothing – it’s a vibe. Style is the energy of multiple elements that add up to a look with feeling.

It takes time, energy and self-realization to cultivate a wardrobe that feels 100% you. But here’s the good news! Without realizing it you’ve already spent years experimenting with trends, admiring stylish people and collecting inspiration. 

The goal of this series is to help you process all that info so you can get down to business and start cultivating your unique look.

Stylish Pre-Work

  1. If you are just joining this series, start here: How To Cement Your Personal Style: Examine Style Archetypes 
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  3. Last task: Follow MappCraft on Pinterest below

Lesson 2: Evaluate Accessories

Truly stylish people have a look you can't define. Sure, they may lean towards one style archetype over another, but often they incorporate multiple influences into their outfits with accessories.

Accessories allow you to experiment with a style archetype you'd never wear head to toe. For example, I don't consider myself a Free Spirit, but I love the energy of layered necklaces, gladiator sandals and a flowing Missoni caftan (especially at the beach).  

I am also attracted to Edgy looks but the idea of tight jeans and a leather jacket makes me tired, so I incorporate an Edgy attitude into a Classic outfit with a studded bag or spike earrings.

The goal of today's activity is to recognize that seemingly conflicting elements (i.e. Classically Chic pearls with a Edgy moto jacket) can add up to create a unique look.

Back to the boards! Today we are going to replicate our Lesson 1: Examine Style Archetypes activity with a focus on accessories. 

ACTIVITY: Pinspiration

Step 1: Create an EVALUATE ACCESSORIES board in your Pinterest account 

Step 2: Browse the 8 Archetypal Accessories boards below 

Step 3: Pin whatever accessories resonate, don't think too hard about overall Style Archetypes, your lifestyle, the cost or any other practical consideration. Again: vibe

1. Edgy Accessories

 

2. Americana Accessories

 

3. Editorial Eclectic Accessories

 

4. Classically Chic Accessories

 

5. Athleisure Accessories

 

6. Full On Glam Accessories

 

7. Minimalist Accessories

 

8. Free Spirit Accessories

 

 

Step 4: Review your EVALUATE ACCESSORIES board. Do the accessories align with your favorite archetypes? Do they clash? Doesn't matter! Now that you recognize the elements that you are drawn to you'll see both patterns and paradox, which is also known as...PERSONAL STYLE. 

Mash Up Style

To close today's lesson, consider the incredibly stylish ladies below. Each outfit is a combination of archetypal influences and accessories that add up to create a truly unique look. 

 

Stylish Homework

Put together an outfit using elements from at least 3 style archetypes. Share your look on the MappCraft Facebook Page. 

Resources

How To Cement Your Personal Style Lesson 3: Spot Your Signature

Next week we will look at iconic examples of signature style and explore how to incorporate your own signature items into your look. 

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