So after living in New York for a year, I realized instantly that people dressed differently here than the people I know back in Ohio. Their styles were edgier and risky. But since everyone does their own thing with their fashion, you are not ridiculed for being bold. One concept that I picked up rather quickly was that more is more. What I mean here is that you should always accessorize and use many methods. Below I have three tips on this more is more concept.
Layering is a beautiful thing. It adds a new dimension to any outfit you’d like. I often wear a t-shirt with a cardigan sweater then a jacket on top. When it is too hot for all that I usually leave the house with at least two necklaces on. This is a wonderful way to accessorize. Some items one could layer are of course jewelry, such as bracelets, bangles, and necklaces; tops, such as tank-tops and t-shirts; and outerwear, this can be a hoodie and a trench, a sweater and a jean jacket, etc. As long as you are comfortable and you have some type of desirable shape as the end result. One trick I often use is to add a belt my layers to give me a waist.
Gold and silvers
I don’t know when it started, but when I heard that it was okay to mix gold with silver I nearly leaped with Joy. This gave me plenty of room for innovation. This meant that instead of my usual two necklaces I could now wear 3 or four at a time. The only thing I would warn about this is to stay consistent with balancing your golds and silvers. Do not put on 6 gold chains a gold belt and shoes and then wear a silver ring. Now that is when more is just too much. Try balancing them more with 2 gold chains, one silver chain and maybe a gold bracelet on your wrist. Just because more is more does not mean you have to step out looking crazy.
Mix and match patterns and colors
This is one I personally take to heart. When I was younger, I can remember being a serial matcher. Yes this is now a fashion crime. If you have a red shirt, that does not mean you have to have red earrings, shoes, belt and any other accessory in this color. It is too much! And it takes away from the creativity of the outfit. Anyone can match, it takes an fashion innovator to think outside of the box. Instead try throwing in a random pop of color in a garment. For example if you are wearing a black and white dress, don’t pair it with a black or white purse. Boring! Try a splash of color such as a green or pink. This adds a little more spice. I also love matching patterns with one another. The rule of thumb for this is if they are the same color, the patterns should be just fine together. For example if you have a navy blue and white polka dot belt, it should be just fine with a navy blue and white striped skirt. For beginners I say follow this rule, if you have more experience matching different patterns then you can move on to mixing different colored patterns as well.
So there it is in a nutshell. These are just some tips I use to keep my style fresh and interesting. Less is more is no longer the popular trend. For those who like the plain Jane and simplistic style don’t worry it will be back, as a matter of fact it never goes out of style. Simplicity is the classic look that will continue on. But for the fashion forward and trend setters, more is definitely more. J