Accessories can transform the most basic wardrobe staples to #OOTD worthy Instagram shots. They also happen to be more versatile, have a longer life span, and are way less costly than wardrobe revamps.
So here are some classy looks that you can easily create with just a few trusty wardrobe staples and some basic accessories!
Staple #1: The Little Black Dress (LBD)
Casual Days and Glamorous Nights
The LBD needs no introduction. In the fickle world of fashion, it is the one dress that will stay true to your heart, never fail, and always be there when you need it the most. With the right accessories, your LBD can take you straight from daytime casual to night time glam!
Strappy Flats and Stilettos
Nothing says feminine chic and laidback confidence more than a pair of strappy flats. Straps give the trusty flats an added dash of style that’s subtle but full of personality.
For the dinner party, switch them up for a pair of killer stilettos and you’d be the star of the night. Hint: Ankle straps not only highlight your beautiful feet, but give that extra oomph of security and comfort.
The Sling Bag and the Clutch Bag
Leave your fancy handbag this time and switch it for a sling for a laissez-faire attitude. Sling it cross-body for a hands-free day.
For the evening party, a clutch bag is not only a practical accessory that holds your essentials, but also adds a little touch of glamour to your overall look. Even better, look for a bag you can easily convert from clutch to sling, which might be useful depending on where the night takes you!
Earrings and Scarves
A scarf dresses up your outfit in the most effortless way. Don’t let the never-ending summer stop you from exploring the magic of scarves! Choose materials like cotton, silk, or linen. Drape it loosely around your neck or wear it as a chic headband.
Earrings are a wonderful way to frame your face and jazz up any look. Glam up your outfit instantly with a pair that screams personality!
Brave the blazing sun and look effortlessly chic with shades that frame your face and protect your eyes.
Staple #2: The Denim Jeans
The Laidback Girl
The Laidback Girl, The TGIF Warrior, and The Rocker Chick
Sleeveless tops and jeans are the most underrated wardrobe staples. If you’ve abandoned them the day college was over, it’s time to give them another chance. Accessorise and you’ll be amazed at just how versatile your humble jeans and top combo really is.
If you can only have two pairs of jeans in your wardrobe, you won’t go wrong with classic light washed jeans and a pair of dark, silhouette-slimming skinny jeans.
The TGIF Warrior
Loafers, Lace-up Booties, and Strappy Heels
Loafers are the footwear of choice for a lazy Sunday. For a touch of sophistication, go for slim cut loafers in classic neutral colours that give some definition to your feet.
Heading out for a TGIF night with your gal pals? Paint the town red with lace-up booties that add a huge dose of sass to your jeans and sleeveless top outfit. Match your shoes with the colour of your bag for a complete look!
To unleash your inner rockstar, amp up your sassiness with a pair of strappy heels and you’re ready to go. Jeans and heels never ever go wrong.
The Rocker Chick
Sling bag and the Hobo Backpack
Whether you’re going laidback for a weekend or partying the night away, go for a sling bag that holds your essentials and keeps you carefree and hands-free. Warm, earthy tones give your outfit a rustic feel for the chill-out weekend while geometric-shaped bags exude an edgy vibe for a fun night out. More for the too-cool-for-school look? A hobo leather backpack that’s both structured and slouchy will do the trick.
Necklaces and Scarves
Necklaces and scarves add a touch of sophistication to the most basic tops, so jazz up your outfit with a cute necklace or a grunge scarf for that feminine-suave appeal. Remember, chokers can make your neck appear shorter while long necklaces can draw attention to your stomach. When in doubt, go for one that ends just above the chest.
The blazer is a must-have layering item in any wardrobe. Why? It makes any outfit look smarter, more put-together, and of course, keeps you from freezing in Singapore’s enthusiastically air-conditioned indoor spaces.
Staple #3: The Shirt Dress
Classy Brunch or Café-Hopping
Classy Brunch or Café-Hopping
Don’t be fooled by the style of a shirt dress, it’s actually a highly flattering dress that’s just as easily dressed up as it can be dressed down. While jersey dresses may be the popular option in sunny Singapore, we think a collared maxi shirt-dress takes style up a notch.
Here’s how you can rock a maxi dress for a weekend of chichi brunches and café-shopping.
Exude femininity with a girly pair of high-heeled sandals in a sweet pastel shade. Block heels give you that extra oomph of personality with extra stability and comfort.
The lady-like bag
Complete your look with a bright and pretty arm candy that holds your favourite book to read away with a cuppa. Of course, you need space for those oversized sunnies!
Necklaces work extremely well with maxi dresses as they give some definition and pop of colour.
Your Body is a Canvas!
…so paint it with accessories.
Don’t be afraid to bring out those scarves, shoes, bags and accessories hiding away at the back of your closet. You might as well put them to good use and you’ll be exuding anything from casual chic to rock star glam in no time!
Perhaps if you saw your bodies as a blank canvas, ready to be styled to whatever mood you might be in that morning, you’ll be surprised at how a little shoe swap or added scarf can rejuvenate even the most basic LBD!