How to Use Accessories to Totally Transform a Basic Look


Since most of us are not walking into a room-sized closet every morning and choosing from an endless array of new and trending wardrobe items, it’s safe to assume that making your tried and true basics feel fresh, of-the-moment, or just more interesting is something we can all benefit from. So with that skill in mind, we asked our stylist to show us three ways to take one basic outfit and totally transform it with accessories and simple styling details. 

Even small items like glasses, earrings, and belts will completely transform a look, meaning the same outfit can go from office-ready to Nuit Blanche-ready just by changing the details. Accessories are the perfect way to put your personal style front-and-centre or explore a new direction, and the impact of subtle tweaks to how you tuck a shirt, button a collar, or tie a scarf will blow you away. The truth is, a mastery of details is the skill possessed by that one friend who always looks just a touch more cool and more stylish than the rest of the room, no matter how simple her base look seems. Experiment a little, and see what happens!

Read more on styling this season’s ubiquitous cropped jeans right here, and for another look at how the details can really be everything, watch our video on how to transform into one of Riverdale’s Southside Serpents this Halloween with some cool hair and makeup and a few basic wardrobe notes. 

See something that caught your eye? Visit St. Vital Centre to shop the looks featured in this post (check stores for availability):

White button-up: Hudson's Bay (Chaps), $44.99
Raw-hem cropped jeans: American Eagle Outfitters, $59.95

Look 1
Heathered cardigan: Dynamite, $59.95
Pink pointed-toe kitten heels: Call It Spring, $59.99
Pink handbag: Le Chateau, $69.95
Tortoise shell frames: Pearle Vision (Ralph Lauren), $275
Brown belt: RW&Co., $39.90

Look 2
Red fuzzy jacket: Garage, $79.95
White-on-white chunky sneakers: Boathouse (Fila), $90
Thick gold hoop earrings: Le Chateau, $12.95
Black fanny pack with chain detail: Call it Spring, $34.99

Look 3
Black polka-dot scarf: Le Chateau, $22
Black suede slip-on heels: Le Chateau, $69.95
Studded sparkle clutch: Browns, $60
Black sunglasses: Le Chateau, $22
Black double-buckle belt: American Eagle Outfitters, $39.95

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