It's a tough time of year in a lot of ways. The holidays feel like ages ago, it gets dark super early, and we have some serious stuff happening in our country tomorrow and this weekend (i.e. a new president and marches, marches, marches!). So that means (to me) now is the time to focus and revel in the little things. The details. Here, you'll find five ways to add new details to your everyday look—without dropping any of your hard-earned cash or traveling further than your own closet. Whether you're into bold changes or subtle ones, there's a tip here for you.
1. Be a Wrap Star
What you'll need: a silky scarf, bandanna, ribbon, fabric belt, or handkerchief
Boldness level: 4 out of 5
How to pull it off: The simpler your outfit is when you're wearing a bright scarf around your neck (or on your wrist), the better. Go for neutral colors and let the scarf be the star pop of color. You'll turn heads, I promise!
2. Switch It Up
What you'll need: a button-up or cardigan
Boldness level: 5 out of 5
How to pull it off: I'm a huge fan of structured mens'-style button-ups. Try buttoning your top about halfway up your back and add a long necklace to draw the eye there. You could also add a pin to the front of the button up (er, the back I mean, like I did in the very top photo) and cuff the sleeves as high as you can. You want it to look intentional (duh) not like you rushed out of the house without realizing your shirt is on the wrong way (😂). Another option is wearing your fave cardigan backwards. The biggest issue with a low-cut V at your back: to wear a bra or not to wear a bra? I know going braless isn't an option for everyone—or one that everyone's comfortable with. So if it isn't gonna work for you, no worries. It'll look just as edgy with a bralette poking out. Or button up your cardigan in front, like I did above, and wear it alone as a top. All of a sudden the basic, essential wardrobe staple takes on a sexy vibe. Zhush up your hair a bit and you're all set for a night out.
3. Right Hair, Right Now
What you'll need: bobby pins, hairspray, a good topknot guide (unless you're a boss and you've already got it down, if not, I love this one), a comb to create a part, etc.
Boldness level: 1 out of 5
How to pull it off: The idea here is to give your everyday hairstyle a rest (even just for one day a week). If you're like me, you probably wear your hair about the same every day (🙋🏼). Maybe you always part it in the middle. Or you always wear it up in a messy bun. Now's the time to try something new. It doesn't have to be something that takes a lot of effort, like a braided crown (although they do look amazing!). I remember I wore my hair in a topknot to work once, and my boss didn't recognize me at first! (Can you tell I literally have an "everyday" hairstyle?!) It's a little energy boost to switch up your hairstyle (or look in general), even in a really small way. It could be as easy as making a deep side part and going for that sexy, hair-over-one eye look. Although, a girl needs to see, so grab a few bobby pins in case you decide to switch it up midday—try simply pinning your hair back on one side of your part.
4. Dressed to a Tee
What you'll need: an oversized tee, preferably one with a bit of attitude on the front or a fun graphic that matches your personality, but it can also be a deliciously plain white one
Boldness level: 2 out of 5
How to pull it off: Roll up the sleeves, then either tie at the waist or tuck it into a skirt or dressy pair of pants for a cool understated look. My favorite weekend outfit is a t-shirt paired with skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans. The easiest thing ever.
5. One Fine Fray
What you'll need: Scissors, tweezers, and a pair of jeans you don't mind messing with
Boldness level: 3 out of 5
How to pull it off: Take the jeans and DIY your own frayed hems. (Two easy how-tos, here and here.) Then wear with your fave sneakers, flats, or booties.
Much love to you this week. Be kind to yourself!
Photographs by Tom Schelling.