I actually wore this outfit in its basic form – biker jacket, sweater, skirt and boots – a few days before I wore this version. The photos now tell me I was right to add all the accessories that I did…!
I called this post “the power of accessories” because that’s exactly how I felt after having another go with this outfit later the same week. Whilst the original outfit worked to some extent, it just didn’t WORK, if you see what I mean. The proportions were right, combining a short biker jacket with a midi skirt, then adding knee high boots so the tops aren’t seen under the hemline, but all in all it was just a bit “meh”.
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Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture without the accessories which I should have done to show you the difference! The accessories I added were the beret, the scarf, the sunglasses and the orange tote – now I absolutely LOVE this outfit. Goes to show just how important finishing touches can be: it’s all about what it does to your confidence and the feel-good factor an outfit can bring.
A lot of people comment that I seem to be an expert at accessorising an outfit, and how I manage to pick out the colours in an outfit with my accessories perfectly. To be honest it’s more luck than judgement, and this is why:
SHOP THE BASIC OUTFIT:
SHOP THE ACCESSORIES:
It’s because I own a LOT of accessories.
Not that I’ve counted them ever, but I own a LOT of scarves, in every colour and pattern you can imagine. I own a LOT of hats, in every colour and style you can imagine. I own a LOT of sunglasses, in every colour and style you can imagine. I own a LOT of shoes and boots… you get the idea!
Therefore when it comes to accessorising an outfit as I needed to here, the law of averages states that due to the number of scarves I own I’ll manage to find one that picks out more than one colour in an outfit and pull it all together. To add interest (and to keep my neck warm) I decided I needed a scarf, so as I was wearing my burgundy boots (last seen here with jeans before the snow came) one with burgundy caught my eye.
And as the pattern also had orange in it I went with the orange tote (similar).
Next up, a hat – just because I like hats and often feel underdressed without one – so the on-trend beret in camel (to coordinate with the skirt) was the logical choice.
And finally: sunglasses (try these) because it wasn’t sunny but I’m a squinter… these oversized 70s glasses make ANYTHING look cool, and I love the orange-pink tint of the lenses.
So that’s it – no expert skills, just the bonus of owning so many accessories in so many colours that I’ll nearly always find SOMETHING that’ll work and pull an outfit together. I wore this outfit to go see our new home, sign a few bits of paperwork and pay a holding deposit, then we went onto my parents’ house. We’d planned to walk Riley later at home but he wanting walking Right. Now. as dogs do, so these pictures were taken on our walk. Luckily this route is picturesque and has mud-free paths so my (super comfy) boots and me were just fine.
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Like this outfit? You might also like how I styled…
– The same beret: With a navy pinstripe coat and check trousers, OR with a blue jacquard coat and a blush sweater
– The same midi skirt: With a teddy bear fur sweater and tan boots, OR with a roll neck and 70s-style patterned blouse
Jacket: Debenhams (similar real leather, similar faux leather)
Sweater: Hobbs* (similar)
Skirt: Asos (similar)
Boots: Asos (similar)
Bag: Hobbs c/o (similar)
Scarf: Asos (love this one, this one, this one and this one)
Sunglasses: Asos (love these as well as this splurge pair)
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