How to Build an Outfit Around an Accessory

Feel like you have nothing to wear? When I feel that way I either buy new clothes (lol!) or get creative with what I already own. And, when getting creative seems like a daunting task, I just start, usually by picking one item to build upon. In today’s post, I’m creating an outfit around an accessory, a statement bracelet.

Top c/0 (option) | Jeans (under $30) | Pumps (old, new option) | Bag (option)

Bracelet | Mac “Heroine” lipstick

Building an Outfit Around an Accessory

When I started planning this look, the only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to wear this cobalt blue Peeking Deco Bracelet. The repeating square window design on the bracelet has a very modern flavor. So, I wanted to add pieces that echoed that modern vibe. Furthermore, cobalt blue pairs well with several other rich hues but my preferred pairing is white. So, what do I own that’s white and up-to-the-minute? My cinched sleeve off-the-shoulder top!

Now, I take stock. I have a statement white blouse and a statement blue bracelet. Hmm…completing this outfit should be a breeze because this top can pair well with a variety of bottoms. You’ve seen me wear it with stripe wide-leg pants. It’ll also complement skinny pants. So, I decided to try on my favorite under-$30 skinny jeans. And, since jeans were an appropriate option for where I was headed, they worked.

Top? Check! Bottom? Check! Jewelry? Check! Now, it’s time to bring the look home. I love prints, so I opted for a black and white stripe bag that tied all the pieces together.

For shoes, I decided on my old circle lace pumps. They’re blue, black, and white, just the right colors to blend into this look. They also have an all-over dot print. And, well, dots and stripes make magic when right.

Et Voila! How do you build outfits when you feel like you have nothing to wear?

How to build an outfit around an accessory

Location: The Coronado, St. Louis


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  1. May 2, 2017 / 7:52 am

    Great look girl. Literally when I don’t have an outfit in mind I normally go for a a solid foundation, basic t-shirt or solid color pants and then build on that by adding my shoes, bag , jewelry.

    • May 2, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Thanks, Janel! That sounds like a perfect approach.