Strategic Accessorizing

I love clothes. I love accessories. I love shopping. I love shoes. I could go on, but I really haven’t shared any secrets with you there. It’s probably pretty obvious to you if I run a small clothing business and blog about style! But as I get older and more experienced in buying pieces that speak directly to my personal style and work for my body type, I realize how important key accessories are to a well-rounded closet.

And accessories should work to bring something new to your outfit. Essentially, they should work for you, not just be there, if you know what I mean. They should add interest, highlight a certain feature, speak to one aspect of your personal style…you get the point. I used to buy accessories just because I liked them, and while there is nothing wrong with that, I encourage you to really think about what that particular accessory you’re debating over can do for you and for your wardrobe.

Enter a structured jacket. I strongly feel that every woman should own a few for every occasion she might dress for…even if they’re budget-friendly. No need to splurge on these, as I’ve found some of my favorites at GAP, Old Navy, and Forever 21.

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I really like a fitted structured jacket, even in the summer. There is a 99 percent chance I am cold in any given environment, so I almost always have a jacket with me.

What does a structured jacket do for me?

It calls attention to my smaller upper body. I am a classic pear shape (smaller on top, heavier on the bottom).

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It balances out flowy or oversized pieces. My favorite LuLaRoe dress to wear in the summer is the Carly. The flowiness and comfortable factor are hard to beat. To me, it’s way more comfortable than a t-shirt and shorts. But if I’m not careful with my accessorizing, my frame can get lost in the dress. A jean jacket + Carly is my go-to spring/summer look.

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It can speak to my personal style. My most recent purchase is the OLD NAVY DISTRESSED DENIM JACKET, which is sold out in most sizes. And I’m not surprised because it is very flattering and well-made for the price point. I chose this one to speak to my trendy/edgy side with the various rips and holes in it. I know distressed pieces aren’t for everyone, but I pretty much live in them!

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Jacket: Old Navy Distressed Denim Jacket (size small), Dress: LuLaRoe Carly (size XS), Booties: Groopdealz/Qupid brand, Purse: REBECCA MINKOFF

I will be the first to admit that I buy my jackets tight. I don’t have a lot of wiggle room in mine, but it’s for a reason. I buy a small in most of my jackets because I have found that when I don’t go fitted, my jackets end up adding bulk to my frame or make me look boxy. That is definitely something to pay attention to when you’re shopping for a jacket.



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