According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, fashion is “a popular way of dressing during a particular time or among a particular group of people”, but that’s just one way to look at it. If you read between the lines, fashion is also about creativity and finding your own unique stamp that makes you entirely different than anyone else, at least the good one is. Unfortunately, dress codes (office, college) tend to keep us uniformed. By complying with those standards we’re willingly giving up the therapeutic power of fashion that makes us more self-confident and braver. Here are some ways you can incorporate the much needed “spunkiness” into your wardrobe, without crossing the line of good taste.
Add Pizzazz with Accessories
It’s fashion 101: if you want to freshen up an outfit, just add some interesting accessories. Conspicuous and carefully chosen jewelry, hat, bags, belts, etc. can help you make any clothing combo a boundary-pushing (not crossing) look. A formal business outfit can be upgraded with a striking statement necklace or a choker, and a smart-casual college combination will look perfect with a chic fedora hat. A modern handbag (graphic prints, circle-shaped, snakeskin print, fringed) is an ideal twist for a classic outfit.
Embrace the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chic
There is nothing edgier than rock ’n’ roll, right? So, infuse your style with this irresistibly rebel genre. Ways to do it? Leather, fringes and rivets. Wear a leather jacket over a pencil skirt and a blouse, or even better, wear a leather pencil skirt and go rock that office! If you want to wear rivets, you’re in luck, because in the last couple of years you can find them on everything from work-appropriate trousers to elegant blouses.
These Shoes Are Made for Impressing
For from-head-to-toes amazing look, you don’t have to go further than your shoes. There are several ways you can use your footwear as showstoppers. Break down a neutral combination by wearing colorful shoes, inject your outfit with casual chic with canvas shoes or wear a pair of biker boots with office-appropriate trousers and blouse.
Take a very formal clothing piece and make it more down-to-earth with outerwear, shoes, even your hairstyle. Although it probably might not occur to you to wear elegant lace dresses with a denim jacket, this combo actually looks quite effortlessly chic. A t-shirt, blouse or a button-down can look more relaxed when you do the half-tuck (not to mention hiding the midsection bulges bonus). Woke-up-like-this beachy waves, messy pony tail or short hair with spikes are a fun and easy way to add some fun to a uniform style.
Play with Symmetry
Who needs straight lines when you can wear high-low or asymmetrical clothes? The best thing about these pieces is that you don’t have to try to look edgy; they’ll do all the “heavy-lifting” for you. The asymmetrical hemlines on tops, skirts and dresses, or playful but formal playsuits will add that extra something to your outfit, while still being appropriate for work, college and other occasions that require a certain dress code to be complied with.
Imagine a cake without frosting – well, it is the same with lips without lipstick. Don’t let your lips down with an ordinary shade, though, especially if you want to add some spunk to your style. Go with the modern deep shades such as plum, mulberry, burgundy, dark brown, etc. And if there’s one color you can never go wrong with and you can always wear instead of an accessory that is red. And we’re talking about all shades of red here, ladies.
The bottom line is that whenever you feel chained by a dress code, you shouldn’t do everything by the book. Breaking some small rules, with any outfit, will help you express your individuality and feel more confident, and we all know that “happy girls are the prettiest”.