Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Rule of Instead

Getting dressed is pretty basic stuff, right? We only have to cover ourselves and be clean to pass muster. But If we're feeling a little style mojo, we can choose to coordinate, or clash, or bring a theme, or make a statement. This is why I love everything about style and fashion, even at my advanced age.

I know my mood changes and some days, neat-and-clean and don't-frighten-the-horses is fine. Like when we're having a stay-cation, and the biggest energy expenditure of the day is a bike ride to the taco place. A black tee, skinny jeans, and Chucks will make me happy. Oh, and lipstick, gotta have lips.

Other days, I want to elevate from OK to "oh, yeah". On those occasions I like to practice the Rule of Instead. I reach for my usual pieces then ask, "What might work for me instead . . . ?" For example, here are some lively substitutions:

  • Instead of classic heels, how about booties? I have quite a few of these  : >
  • Instead of a pencil skirt, how about a pencil skirt with glitter? Yummy.

Halogen skirt, Nordstrom, on sale for $20. I could totally wear this with a casual
long sleeved tee and booties for a fun date night look.
  • Instead of my red lips, how about something coral?
  • Instead of a bracelet, how about a big honking ring?
  • Instead of a shoulder bag, how about a cool clutch?

Love this bright clutch from Asos, $35. It's not too "precious" for everyday.

These "instead ofs" don't have to cost much or take a lot of styling effort. They just require that I reach twice into the closet - once by habit and then with a new eye.

Do you have ways to pump up a familiar look, by doing an "instead" item? Love to hear your ideas, as always!


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15 comments:

  1. It's those "oh yeah" items, whatever they are for us, that make personal style so much fun. They're the whipped cream on the berries. Love that skirt!

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  2. I like the idea of the rule of instead!

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  3. Oops it's me, not ure what happened there.

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  4. That's a good way to think about livening things up. I usually spend too much time pondering, but maybe I'll do this *instead*!

    One thing, I need more booties! 

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  5. The rule of instead -that's a great way of thinking about it! I love the glittery pencil skirt!

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  6. I do the "instead of" more often than I do the obvious. Sometimes I pull together and outfit and go "oh no! this is so obvious, I need to change something" - which is dumb, but I'm learning to stop doing it because I adore matchy, and I'm passing up some great looks. 

    That glitter skirt is incredible - and a total steal for $20. Even a couple of date nights out would bring the PPW down! 

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  7. What a good way to reconsider one's choices, Patti! I'll remember that!
    The sequinned skirt and clutch bag are gorgeous.  xxx

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  8. I love the rule of instead, too. With my lopsided hips I don't "do" pencil skirts but that sequinned beauty is enough to make me reconsider! x

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  9. Jan Graham-McMillenFebruary 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Yes.  Absolutely.  A really good switcher-upper tool for the Mental What-To-Wear-Decider.  Thanks ... will apply it today!

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  10. a wonderful blog♥ many greetings from germany ;-)

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  11. It all boils down to what you see when you step in front of the mirror. The only hard and fast rule is, "does it flatter me?". 

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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  12. For me it's not being in a rush and remembering that it's my choice of accessories and texture that help to elevate my outfit to 'oh yeah'.  Sometimes putting on that beautiful cuff or necklace and substituting a plain shirt for a luxe silk blouse makes a huge difference!

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  13. Alison @ Get Your Pretty OnFebruary 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I've been a matchy matchy person for years.  One of the things that I've worked on this past year is breaking out of that.  Like yesterday, I orange accessories with green.  It feels good to do things that are a little daring.  I love your scarf, such a great piece.  And that sparkly skirt!

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  14. Erica @recycled fashionFebruary 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    How gorgeous is that glittery pencil skirt! Lovely

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