Sometimes I discover that I’ve been working the same beauty bundle into nearly every outfit I’ve worn in a week’s time. With beauty bundles at the ready–those few pieces that combine well together and can switch from one outfit to another–they make dressing so easy that it hardly requires any thought. So I hadn’t been thinking about what I’d been doing until I looked at a few outfit pictures on my iPhone. One after the other, I could see three pieces were pulling outfits together and I hadn’t really noticed!
What were those pieces? It centered around toasty shades of brown. In most outfits I was wearing my Lucky Brand Basel Toffee booties, my gingerbread colored bison leather belt and my walnut colored Botkier cross body bag. When I wasn’t wearing the Lucky Brand booties I was wearing a platform sandal that was black on the top but had a thick toffee-colored base. So shoes, belt, and bag were all in similar, but not matching, colors.
Where I really noticed the bundle was when I was wearing my white linen pants the other day (sandal substituting for bootie). How cool is this? I said to myself. My beauty bundle was working with a non-jean outfit just as well as it had worked with jean outfits. But isn’t that the beauty of Beauty Bundles?
Beauty Bundle meets stripes!
There was a day last week that called for stripes. I opened up my closet door and it’s like there was a chorus singing out to me: Wear stripes! Wear stripes today! I obliged and decided to not hold back. I’d wear double stripes! I wore my Chico’s navy and white striped jacket that I picked up this spring with a black and white striped T-shirt that I picked up about six years ago. Some of you may scratch your heads and wonder why I mixed a black and white stripe with a navy and white stripe. Let’s just get that out of the way.
I’m not often a matchy-matchy person. The main thing I was going for was using different widths of stripes together. The T-shirt stripe is thinner than the jacket stripe. Success! And I found that having the colors be off a little gave the outfit more depth, more interest. But here’s the groovy thing about Beauty Bundles. When you’re focusing on a color in your beauty bundle, it’s that color that pulls the whole outfit together. My toffee-gingerbread-walnut beauty bundle connects the dots in my outfits. From toes to hips to waist, I’m wearing shades of brown that don’t match exactly, but live in the same general family. These browns are warm browns, rather than cool browns. I love how they warm up the stripes and denim.
I’ve had these booties for nearly two years. They come looking a bit beat up and mine have only gotten more beat up which makes them kind of funky. They are still available at Lucky Brand. Here’s a link to my tried and true booties. And here’s a link to the perforated version in toffee. I think these may have to hit my shopping list. They’d be cool for summer.
Beauty Bundle meets double denim and ruffles!
In this double denim outfit (I just learned that term from my Aussie friends!) I am wearing denim jeans, my Chico’s denim blazer and my ruffled burgundy blouse by J.Crew. What initially inspired this outfit? The ruffled blouse. Yes, I opened the closet doors that day and everything was pointing to the burgundy ruffled blouse: Wear her today! Wear her! said the chorus.
When I put this ruffled blouse on with my double denim I felt like I was channeling Mick Jagger. I know you think that’s a stretch but who else do you know who would wear ruffles with jeans? Anyway, I added the glittery necklace and reached for my toffee-gingerbread-walnut beauty bundle. Easy peasy! The shades of brown pull the outfit together and finishes it.
Beauty Bundle meets linen and silk!
As for using this beauty bundle with my linen pants, well, you know how it started. I opened the closet door and the linen pants said, I’m ready, I’m ready! Pick me!
Goodness, I think these pants may be over ten years old. I spent many years not being able to fit in them so I’m happy to welcome them back into the rotation. I added my leopard print silk dress. I liked the full dress with the full legged pants. But when I looked in the mirror it was too much fullness. I looked like a clown, so what did I do? I added my trusty beauty bundle! Problem solved!
The belt cinched the dress in and gave some definition to the outfit while still letting it be flowy, which I liked. And the warm colors were a nice addition to the cooler colors I was wearing. It made the outfit feel more friendly. Thank you beauty bundle!
Do you have some things that would work well together and make your outfits look sharp no matter what you’re pairing them with? Start searching through your closet. I bet they’re there calling your name! Would you share? Thanks!