As more and more time goes on, the more I just gravitate towards basics. Remember back in the day how we would try to do the GD most with our outfits? Extra layers, 100 pieces of jewelry, and all of the prints and details at the same damn time. Ruffles, bold prints, print mixing, sequins, embellishments, statement necklaces, bracelets stacked up to your elbow… The more the merrier. I shit you not, there is one post way back in the archives where I actually wore two watches at once because I saw it on some “trend” list and gave it a shot. I think about that time, and see outfits from that era, and just laugh! On one hand, I attribute it to my age and trying to figure out my style as I was becoming an adult in my early twenties. And on the other hand, I think the overall fashion consensus has gotten a little bit more simplistic in ways (and definitely less accessorized) over the last few years. Would you agree?
Nowadays, I tend to just stick to the basics! Basics don’t have to be boring though. Instead of layering on one million different pieces and accessories, I now choose items that are a bit more interesting from the get-go. It’s all about the texture! For example… A fur beanie that makes a statement on its own, a sweater thats details are in the stitching, black jeans that are coated to almost have a leather-like appearance, and a gold belt buckle to elevate the look a little bit. Pull it all together and I think my outfit looks stylish, without feeling too try-hard, if that makes sense.
I got these coated skinny jeans a few years ago from Express! Sadly, they don’t have a similar style right now, but there are a ton of different brands that have the same look.
Yes, this belt is definitely a splurge. It’s expensive AF, there’s no denying that. (I bought it for myself last Christmas, because I truly felt I deserved a gold trophy after making it through a hellacious year. 😅) Sure, the “cost per wear” has definitely gone down because I wear it so often (I bought a size that would work for both my hips and waist), but it’s still an investment for sure. I rounded up some similar belt styles that have gold buckles to achieve the same accessorizing effect!
I can’t say enough good things about this sweater! I want to buy it in blush pink, too. The pointelle stitching doesn’t make for the warmest sweater necessarily, but it sure is pretty. It’s a great option for date night in the winter when you don’t want to wear much else besides your sweaters! The balloon sleeves are so fun and make for a more interesting shape.
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