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STYLE | THE TRICK TO CREATING EFFORTLESS INTEREST


Whether your a busy career woman, a mother of one, a super mom of three, or anything in between, time is something we all only have so much of. Choosing how to use the handful of hours we have each day is always difficult, and I find that I don't always feel right choosing to spend it on trying to figure out how to make my outfit look interesting. You know what I'm talking about: How to do take your jeans and t-shirt from everyday to something that makes people do a double-take as you pass them on the street?

I've spent some time playing with pieces recently, thinking about why a look works, or why it was a complete flop, or why it was just okay, and here's what I've realized: it's all in the details, and as busy women, our details have to mix quickly and effortlessly. Otherwise, we just don't have time for it.

When I shop, I try to buy pieces that are interesting on their own, but not such big statements that they can't play with other items. As an example, let's break down one of my favorite looks so far this fall:




Sweater: BP | Jeans: Similar | Bandana: Coach | Booties c/o Coach | Bralette: Free People | Bracelet: Pandora | Sunnies: Kate Spade | Purse: Coach

My outfit doesn't have many pieces: jeans, boots, sweater. And I'm not wearing too many accessories: sunnies, bandana, bracelet, purse. But all these pieces together make a look that catches the eye when you walk down the street. Here's why:

1) EVERY PIECE BUT ONE IS BASIC.

My bandana isn't basic - it's got a fun, bold pattern (even though it is greyscale, because we all know how I feel about color!). But everything else is. Grey sweater. Black jeans. Black boots. Black bag. Black sunnies (sensing a theme?).

2) EVERY PIECE HAS INTERESTING, BUT NOT OVERWHELMING, DETAILS

While they're basic, each piece has a bit of it's own interest. The jeans are distressed. The sweater has a low V that let's my bralette show just a touch. The sunnies are oversized. My bag is mixed material, as are my booties.

The trick to effortless interest is picking one statement piece, and making sure every other item has interesting, but basic/subtle detailing. Then, when it's all pulled together, the eye has one big "WOW" followed by many little "oooohhhs", and that's the secret to being effortlessly interesting.

(At least in fashion... I'll let you know when I've got that part down in life ;-) )

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