The Power of Accessories

I was recently interviewed for Washington Life magazine and they asked me to style an outfit with a few fall trends they featured in their November issue. Peplum, leather accents, ankle booties, black with white, studs, metallic brocade, military inspiration… that sort of thing. I was a bit lost at first since I do incorporate a lot of current trends into my wardrobe but didn’t have a ton of these specific trends. I decided to start with a base ensemble I would regularly wear (and actually have previously worn on the blog) – black ponte peplum top from Ann Taylor, Halogen black leather pleated skirt, and Miss Sixty peeptoe ankle booties.  I then just switched out a few accessories to give two completely different looks – really shows how a wardrobe of carefully selected accessories can truly transform wardrobe staples.

Look 1: White leather foldover studded clutch, Stella and Dot “Lilith” necklace which isn’t studs, but gives the stud effect and had the same dark metal detail.  This is the one I sent to Washington Life magazine and they used for the interview.

Look 2: Same ensemble, I just added an oxblood leather skinny belt and switched out bags for a black leather clutch with silver zipper detail (both accessories from Hobo).  If I had more time, I would have switched out the shoes for a black leather pointed-toe pump.

All accessories I already had in my wardrobe – the belt I bought at a Hobo sample sale for $2, the black leather clutch has gotten many years of wear, the white clutch I picked up last summer in Rehoboth and often wear it with it’s strap for a concert-worthy crossbody.  These are the types of accessories I can keep for decades and pull out when the trends are in their favor and update wardrobe classics.  One doesn’t need an overflowing closet to have variety.

Oh the power of accessories!

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  • Versatile Style by Tracey

    Great look, love the shoes…Aren’t your legs cold??

  • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    I took these pictures Saturday and it was quite warm that day – didn’t even need a coat! :-)

  • Patti_NotDeadYetStyle

    Congrats on your well-deserved media hit! Love this all-black look,

  • Happinessatmidlife

    Congrats on your interview! I love accessories and it’s amazing how it can make an outfit from blah to oh la la.


  • Vyque @ Fasshonaburu

    looking good per usual! miss you!

  • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Miss you too mamacita! :)

  •‎ Marla Robinson

    I love those shoes and that skirt!

  • Belated Bloomer

    I love both looks! They do indeed show how a switch in accessories can change the outfit.


    twitter: @BelatedBloomer

  • Kimberlee VDW

    Love that studded clutch! You did a great job :)

  • Charlotte Issyvoo

    I like the red belt. I just had to have one for my Valentine’s Day outfit, though the dress I wore came with a black belt, and went thrifting to find it. Here’s the result

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