Creating a Beauty Bundle often happens by accident: You’re getting dressed for the day. You’ve got the basic clothing pieces on. Now you’re going to add some finishing touches to your outfit. You go through your accessories to see what might work. You add a scarf or a belt and some jewelry. You step back and look at your reflection in your full-length mirror. Hmm, you say, this looks great.
Your eye goes up and down your body, taking in all the details. You notice how well the finishing pieces relate to one another. It’s as if you’ve connected the dots to your outfit.
Stop right here! Take note, you’ve just created a Beauty Bundle. This specific combination of items that are tying your look together can be used again and again with all kinds of outfits, from dressy to casual. Let me explain.
The goal of every outfit is to lead the eye up to the face
When I’m dressing my clients, all the individual components of each outfit has to build to a crescendo at their face. If some part of the outfit is grabbing my attention and making me stop at their hip or ankle or chest, I have to work harder or start over.
You’ve probably had the experience of watching someone walk into a room and it’s as if their outfit walks in first and their face arrives a few paces later. I want the reverse to happen. I want you to see my client’s face before you see her outfit even if there’s just a split second difference between the two.
An outfit shouldn’t be getting the attention; a woman should.
Why bother with a Beauty Bundle?
Here’s what happens when you wear a Beauty Bundle: people will be naturally drawn to you; they’ll check you out; they won’t know what exactly it is that’s bringing their attention to you; they just register that you’re attractive, interesting, easy on the eyes. It takes about 30 seconds to add your Beauty Bundle to your outfit but the lasting impression it makes could be hard to measure. You’re on someone’s mind long after you’ve parted.
Lots of things can bring attention to your face without the help of a Beauty Bundle: a flipped color, an infinity scarf at your neck that repeats your eye color, chandelier earrings that sparkle, a hat pulled low on one side, a fur collar at the neck, a statement necklace.
But sometimes we don’t want to wear or do any of those things! That’s when a Beauty Bundle is your best tool for moving the eye around your outfit and leading attention naturally to the face.
The essence of a Beauty Bundle
What makes something a Beauty Bundle is that there’s a theme, pieces relate well to one another. The one I’m sharing with you today is very simple. It’s all focused on jewelry pieces from my collection. Nothing was bought to go together. The pieces have been added one at a time-over years, not days.
In this Beauty Bundle I’ve mixed metals: gold and blackened silver. The feel of these pieces is delicate, not heavy. There’s some sparkle in the druzy earrings and the small champagne and black diamonds in the ring. The beads in one necklace have luster and the gold links in the chain necklace have luster as well. My watch is both gold and silver as well. Everything is rather light and airy.
Here are the details.
1. I’ve layered two necklaces that are the same length. One is a simple chain made out of gold and blackened silver links. The other necklace is beaded with black, charcoal, gold and lighter gray beads as well as some gold fine fringed metal pieces that have a little movement to them. There’s no real center to this necklace. However it falls around my neck is just fine.
2. I added a favorite cuff of mine, a gift from a friend. It’s Lucite with a starburst design at the center. It reads silver, gold, and black in color. (See the color theme?) The stones on the face of the bracelet add sparkle. The Lucite keeps it feeling light in design weight.
3. I’m wearing a watch that mixes silver and gold tones.
4. I add my black druzy earrings that are wrapped in gold wire, earrings I bought in Chicago many years ago when my daughter Erin was living there.
5. I’ve added my gold owl ring by Victor Sanz. It’s got subtle sparkle to it because of small diamonds in it.
The reason this delicate Beauty Bundle works well is that my clothing pieces are awfully simple. I’m wearing a navy blue silk tunic, and jeans rolled at the ankle. I’m wearing a long duster in navy blue. It has some drama to it because it’s long, but it’s still light in weight. The crinkle fabric has luster. I’m sticking with the blue monochromatic color theme by adding my blue-framed glasses.
You don’t see any big buttons, no sashes or belts, no color blocking, no diagonal lines. You basically see one color in three different fabrics. Pretty simple, right? Now imagine this outfit without the Beauty Bundle. It would be pretty drab, maybe boring. My Beauty Bundle adds interest and makes me feel stylish. It finishes my outfit, draws the eye in the direction I want it to: up to my face!
This can be an everyday Beauty Bundle. It requires no effort to wear it. If I’m feeling more reserved, shy or quiet, it gives my outfit support but I can completely forget about it and myself and go about my day. But it could also work with other clothing pieces and even look more dressy. I might wear this Beauty Bundle over a sheath dress and add patent pumps; or I’d wear it with a simple black sweater and my leopard print skirt and knee-high boots; I could wear it with head-to-toe black separates or head-to-toe white separates; or I could wear it with a patterned jacquard pant, a white blouse and flats. The Beauty Bundle would be the same in each of these outfits.
Do you see how your Beauty Bundle acts like your behind-the-scenes stylist? Having a few of them saves you time when you’re getting dressed. Add your best lipstick color, stand up straight, put a smile on your face and you’re rockin’ it!
A final note
The day I put this combo together and realized I had a Beauty Bundle, I made a note of it. Don’t trust yourself to remember it by heart even if you got five compliments that day! Store the Beauty Bundle ingredient list somewhere besides your head.
Have you stumbled upon a Beauty Bundle? Or can you create one? It will be a loyal friend forever!