This post is about adding items to a simple outfit to take it to the next level. How do you do that? Well you keep adding items until you feel like a tool, then you take something off. Simple, see! Don’t worry, I have more for you than that. Promise. Most days simple is key to me. Black dress, grey cardigan, heels or flats and off I go to work. Simple, fast and not very imaginative. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But sometimes you want to feel a bit more special. More dressed up. More styling. And then, that’s where layers and accessories come in. Here I take a black maxi {with tank over top for modesty thanks to the slimline fit}, flats and a cardigan. Looks good on its own. But I want MORE.

So next I add a belt. Belted high on my waist this helps define my waist and immediately makes the outfit more dressed up. Less casual and more dressy. At this stage add some bangles and a necklace and you could be done. But of no, instead of that… I add a scarf!

This looped scarf open actually makes this look a bit more casual again. Fun. We all know how much I love a good stripe and this one from TS14+ has TWO types in the one scarf. Winning. Again rings and bangles will work here. But I really like it just as it is. Think movies, coffee or lunch with the girls… That sort of thing.

Loop the scarf over and it shows off the belt and waisted area a bit more. Maybe dinner, date or conferences or even work {unless you work for a franchise who dictates grey, grey, grey, then you’re better off to leave this one. Just me? Hmmm}.

Tell me I’m not the only one that thinks each of the ways to wear this outfit has its own personality about it?

Which is more your style photo 1, 2, 3 or 4?


Outfit photos originally taken for the Mix Apparel blog. Check out the styling your knit wear post for more ideas on making the most of a basics wardrobe. Clothing items used in this outfit are Seed Maxi Dress, Virtu Timeless Tank in Black, Mix Apparel Boyfriend Cardigan, Ts14+ Scarf {now $5 with a full price purchase!} Autograph Belt, Emerson for BigW Buckle Flats.


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