Is your style a fun expression of your personality or too safe and predictable? Lately, I’ve started to feel like a watered-down version of myself in only classic basics, so I added a few new pieces to spice things up. Remember, a strong foundation wardrobe of various essentials always benefits from interesting statement pieces.
I hear you! A satin lapel black blazer with covered buttons isn’t groundbreaking, but it has a deep red lining, and I can wear it forever. I wore it with a black sequined shell and slim-fitting black knit pants in the look above. It’s an easy and elegant look for dinner and the symphony but a bit much for joining my girlfriends for a holiday cocktail. Pairing it with jeans, layers of pearl necklaces, and red suede pumps is more fun and festive.
I adore the simplicity of this flare sleeve top since it can be dressed up or down in endless ways. In addition, the ponte fabric skims the body in a very forgiving way. I’ve never tried a mock neck top because I thought it wouldn’t be flattering or comfortable, but I like it. Lesson learned!
Wearing the top with jeans, a favorite hat, and animal print pumps created a fun look that reflects my personality since I’ve always loved wearing hats.
I stopped wearing heels a few years ago, so I gave away all of my tunic tops, but I’ve learned that lug-soled and platform shoes can give me the proportions I need. I’ve had these combat boots with chain trim for about three years but rarely wore them. Now that I have a couple of tunics and jackets that land mid-thigh, I may buy more super comfortable combat boots. Stay tuned!
Leggings can be very tricky! They need to be opaque, sturdy, and thick. I only buy them in materials thick enough not to see through, and I usually size up, so they don’t fit so tight.
The white tunic above and the blue and white striped one were just too good to pass up. I will wear them with white ankle jeans and platform espadrilles in summer. But, for now, I will layer them with wool jackets, vests, trench coats, and leggings. Another benefit of long shirts with buttons is the option to wear them open as a lightweight jacket over a tank and jeans.
A shirt that is heavy enough to wear open as a light jacket is always a winner. I wore this twill shirt as a jacket over a merino wool sweater and jeans to the grocery store, but it would also work well over gym clothes. The loafers above are here, and a similar bag is here.
The black tunic is a long tank to wear over leggings. The ballcap is here. The black tote is vintage, so similar ones are here and here. Similar sneakers are here, and here, and the no-show sports socks are here.
As always, when I add new things, I think about how many ways I can wear them and if they go with other items I already have. As a blogger, I strive to share helpful tips and examples and look forward to chatting with you in the comments section below. If you use the links on this website to make a purchase, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you.