Monday, May 30, 2016

Accessories Change The Basics

You have likely noticed that I often wear a similar base including a tunic or tank with a narrow leg pant all in one color.




This silhouette flatters my shape and height and fits my personality, so I often rely on this basic combination when getting dressed. 

Today I want to show you how I change the attitude and set the tone for different looks, simply by changing my accessories. The same top and pants are worn in each of the examples shown here.

This fabulously comfortable tunic top was a gift from Covered Perfectly. This style is the Fit and Flare. The flattering wide waistband pull on dressy black pants are by Tribal, and they were a gift from Copper Penny.




For this around town look, I added a black and silver and gold necklace which was a gift from French Kande, flat sandals by DV Dolce Vita last year and a picnic style wicker bag from J. McLaughlin to achieve a classic look that is appropriate for almost any event.




This top is very soft and comfortable for traveling. Just wash it out and hang to dry. If you pack it, hang it up when you arrive and when you get up the next morning the wrinkles will be gone! 

For a comfortable out of town travel look, I added flat loafer style shoes which are old from BCBGeneration via Saks Off 5th. French Kande provided the necklace. The pink tote was a gift with purchase from Lancôme. The scarf can be draped around my neck if I get cold on the plane. It is several years old.




For a more uptown look, I draped a Michael Kors chain detail silk scarf around my neck and switched to a gold chain bag from Express. The cork and gold detail wedge sandals are by VANELi via Marmi Shoes last year.








To achieve a more downtown urban vibe, I added a bold medallion necklace which was a gift from Mr. M by French Kande and an old cropped moto style white jacket from White House Black Market and old reptile embossed booties. I always use a jacket as an "accessory" to set the tone for looks. The Calvin Klein bag is old from T.J.Maxx.





I hope these examples help you to see how you can change your basic looks by wearing different accessories. A follower once commented to me that she could never put together a look when she shopped at a particular store that I often shop in. I never think of putting together a certain look when I am shopping. Instead, I think only of adding elements that appeal to me, and that can be worn in different ways with what I already have to build appropriate looks for any event.




Many of my favorite tops from Covered Perfectly are back in stock now! These fabulous tops are made in the USA.

Fifty, not Frumpy followers get a 20% discount on up to two items! Use the discount code FNF20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly. There are several styles to choose from, and the discount will apply on up to two items. You may also take advantage of the buy 2 get 1 FREE special. Only one of the discounts will work.





Thank you so much for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!



Created in collaboration with Covered Perfectly, Copper Penny, and French Kande
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

13 comments:

jane griffin said...

Hi Susan, I love your blog- I just ordered two of the Covered perfectly tops. I was wondering if you could be more specific on the Tribal pants as there seems to be so many styles. thanks jane from PHilly

Kristien62 said...

Wow. Amazing how the look changes with the accessories. I have a tendency to buy "outfits" instead of having core pieces and accessories, resulting in closets full of unrelated pieces. I can see in your choices how the accessories relate to what you are dressing for (awkward sentence, but I think you know what I mean.)Great and very helpful post! Happy Memorial Day.

Susan Street said...

The Tribal pants I am wearing are model/style #9320O-803G.

Susan Street said...

They are the Flatten It Ankle Pants.

jane griffin said...

Thank you that is very helpful!! Keep the fashions coming....

Missy said...

Do the tunic tops run true to size? You have previously mentioned that you can wear either a small or medium in tunic tops. I really like your traveling outfit and you look great! Could you do a utube on pic posing as you have a such a terrific variety. You have such an informative utube makeup tutorial that a pic posing would so helpful for many of your fans.

Susan Street said...

Missy, the tops do run true to size. I am wearing a medium here. If I would like for them to fit loose, I buy a large. I just move around and stay mindful of the light. There is no method to my modeling poses. Thank you!

Lynn Marsh said...

Thanks for the ideas Susan.I really enjoyed this post, of course I enjoy all of them, but this one really gave me some more ways to accessorize.

Rena said...

Great concept and I love the fabulous examples you've shown.

Rena
http://finewhateverblog.com

Marg Oz said...

HA! I have the same outfit! My tunic is more shark bite, and my pants have laces going through gossets at the ankle to jazz things up, but the overall look is the same. I wear them with a neutral metallic shoe and a statement necklace for dressing up, and a scarf and flat sandals for dressing down. Great items for travel! Not to mention that my husband chases me around the house when I wear this outfit, which I count as my day's workout. :D

M

Anonymous said...

Always love your posts but this one is super practical as well as inspiring!🙌

Anonymous said...

And that White House Black Market white moto jacket 😍

Pauline Durban said...

Of course I love the one of you in the heels:-)