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!

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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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The 4 Step, Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | The 4 Step, Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | The 4 Step, Fool Proof Outfit Formula

Wearing Clothes vs. Wearing an Outfit

From the stiff-ish collar popping out from under her sweater, to the way she half tucks her tee shirt to the quirky personal touches she adds to each outfit - when a stylish girl walks in a room, everyone notices.

We all know a girl that always looks put together.

This is her secret.

The 4 Step Outfit Formula

Styling doesn't come easily to everyone, but it's definitely a skill you can hone if you break the process down to basics. 

Step 1: Outfit Base

The critical first step to creating an outfit is pretty straightforward - start with a base. Be it a top plus pants, jeans, shorts or a skirt; a dress or a jumpsuit, the outfit base refers simply to the clothes that cover your nakedness. Totally utilitarian.

A lot of women start and end at this step. Sure, you can leave the house in this get up, but with no hints of texture or personality - no one will mistake it for stylish. 

I recommend going through your wardrobe and identifying 5-6 core bases to build outfits around. Select classic garments that fit well and reflect your lifestyle. This will streamline your process and provide a reliable template to reference when creating looks.  

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 1: Outfit Base

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 1: Outfit Base

Step 2: Add a Layer

Now things start to get interesting. Once you've settled on your outfit base the next step is to add a layer. Layers are like throw pillows -- they add visual interest, color or texture and may or may not serve a functional purpose.

Examples of layers include another top, a cardigan, a vest, a printed wrap or a blazer, leather bomber or denim jacket you plan to wear all day (not outerwear).

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 2: Add A Layer

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 2: Add A Layer

Step 3: Make It Pop

Woo Hoo! Accessories in the house! Now that you've got your functional base sorted and you've created dimension with a layer, it's time to add personality with accessories. Jewelry is a given, but also consider a scarf (around the neck, your head, your wrist, your ponytail), a belt, hair flair, a hat or a cluster of pins. 

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 3: Make It Pop

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 3: Make It Pop

Step 4: Out The Door

Look at you girl! Almost ready to go. Time to add the ultimate finishing touches - bag, shoes and outerwear (if necessary). The formality and details of your outfit will dictate which shoes and bag you choose. If you are feeling a bit monochromatic, add color with a bag. If the outfit is heavy on color and prints, ground it with neutral footwear. Don't be afraid to rock sneakers with a suit pant or a metallic clutch with denim. And NO! your shoes and bag do not have to match. 

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 4: Out the Door

MappCraft | Fool Proof 4 Step Outfit Formula - Step 4: Out the Door


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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.

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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. 

Best of Pinterest: 101 Ways to Style A Denim Jacket

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Nail Edgy Style with this Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | Nail Edgy Style with the Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | Nail Edgy Style with the Fool Proof Outfit Formula

Rough and Tough Like Leather

Like that bad ass trouble maker who gave you your first cigarette in 10th grade, some girls are just born with Edge. The rest of us go home smelling of smoke and get grounded for a week. 

Luckily, in 2017, you don't have to vape to embody the rebellious, rocker girl spirit of the Edgy Style Archetype. With just a few style tweaks we can all channel our inner Angelina, even if its only for a day. 

The Edgy Style Outfit Formula

After extensive Pinterest research, I have nailed down the 5 ingredient recipe for nailing Edgy Style like a bad ass.

Edgy Style Essential #1: Ankle Boots

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #1: Ankle Boots

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #1: Ankle Boots

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, Edgy girls like their ankle boots broken in with pointy toes. Grommets and metal hardware earn extra cool points.  

Edgy Style Essential #2: Tight Black Pants

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #2: Tight Black Pants

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #2: Tight Black Pants

When Mick Jagger is your idol, well. Do I even need to explain?

 

Edgy Style Essential #3: Slouchy White Tee

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #3: Slouchy White Tee

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #3: Slouchy White Tee

Even Edgy girls needs basics. The ideal Edgy white tee has a little bit of length, but more importantly, a deep round neckline, which is essential for showcasing Edgy Essential #4...

Edgy Style Essential #4: Pop of Lace

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #4: Pop of Lace

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #4: Pop of Lace

The Pop of Lace is so Edgy 2017. Showcase yours under Edgy Essential #3: Slouchy White Tee (see above) or any deep v you already own. Please let me know if you find one that doesn't itch. 

Edgy Style Essential #5: Leather Jacket

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #5: Leather Jacket

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #5: Leather Jacket

If you already own a leather jacket you don't need my advice because you already nailed Edge. Throw this ultimate Edgy essential over anything and you're immediately 100% cooler than me. 


Best of Pinterest: Bloggers in Edgy

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