Good Monday morning! I hope you had a nice weekend. We have to pack up and leave the Hyatt Chesapeake this morning, so I’m enjoying my last morning with coffee and my laptop by this gorgeous view. It’s a little warmer today than it was the last two mornings, and I’m able to sit outside. It’s absolute perfection!!!
Someone just walked by and said, “Nice office!” I concur.
I prepped all of my posts ahead of time so I wouldn’t have to spend much time working while I’m here, but I always start the day putting the finishing touches on my post, following up on comments, sending out my daily email, and sharing my post on Facebook and Pinterest (and sometimes Instagram and Twitter as well.) It works out well because I like to get up early, and my family likes to sleep in, so I don’t miss any time with them.
Today’s post is a bit different. I was running low on outfits to share for our 22 Days of Summer Fashion, so rather than scramble to put together something new that I don’t love, I decided to recycle some old content.
I harvested two casual summer skirt outfits from last year, and I thought we could talk about the power of accessorizing.
These are two similar outfits that started with a casual summer skirt and tank top — both pretty basic pieces. Anyone can throw on a tank top and a skirt and call it a day, but there are some tricks to making it look finished and put together.
The most important thing when putting any outfit together is to pay attention to fit and proportion. I’ve often said that fit and proportion are the key to good style, but I’ve been learning more about the hows and whys behind proper fit and proportion in my friend Kelly’s Adore Your Wardrobe course, and I’m telling you, it is life changing! I’m such an advocate that I signed up to be an affiliate. The course is closed for now, but I’ll let you know when she opens it up again.
Once you have the base of your outfit figured out and you’re looking balanced, it’s time to accessorize. One of my favorite movie quotes of all time is from Steel Magnolias: The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize. You have to say it with a Southern drawl or it looses it’s zing. LOL!!!
I tend to err on the side of under-accessorizing, so one of the best lessons I’ve learned from the Adore Your Wardrobe class is the Rule of Four. Kelly shared her Rule of Four lesson publicly when signups were open for the May course, so some of you may have seen it. The goal is to have at least four accessories or points of interest to every outfit. This has been a game changer for me because I tend to be a plain jane, and often I feel like my outfits lack a little something.
These two outfits I’m sharing today are perfect examples of the Rule of Four in action, even though I didn’t know about the Rule of Four back then.
My first outfit is a black tank and a denim skirt. I know, simple, right? (If you don’t feel comfortable in a tank top, a short-sleeved t-shirt would work as well.)
exact tank // similar denim skirts here and here and here // similar striped tote here and here // vionic sandals // Stella & Dot Artisan Stretch Bracelet, Ally Double Wrap Bracelet, Arabeque Chandeliers and Maylee Ring // Kate Spade sunnies
Without accessories and/or layers, this outfit would be boring, but with the addition of the jewelry and the striped tote, it becomes and outfit. Let’s add up the points. I get a point for the statement earrings, a point for the layered bracelets, and a point for the sunglasses. That’s three.
The striped tote is another point, for a total of four. The ring could probably be a fifth point, and I’m not sure about the Fitbit bracelet, but as you can see, I already met my goal of four points. The rest are just bonus.
The sandals are black, and black shoes usually don’t count, but they do have some bling, so I’m guessing they would add yet another point to this outfit.
You can see how I took a simple black tank and denim skirt and made it into a pulled-together outfit with just a few basic accessories. Another way to add points to a neutral outfit like this is to add color. Pink sandals or tassel earrings or a brightly colored bag would all count and help make this outfit visually more interesting. Also, a layer such as a colored cardigan or a white jean jacket would add a point.
The next outfit is an orange tank and an olive green cargo skirt that I wore absolutely to death over the past few summers.
similar tank tops here and here // similar cargo skirt // Prada shield sunglasses // 3-disc necklace // similar hoop earrings // Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster Bracelet // similar striped tote here and here // vionic sandals // Fitbit bracelet
I love this tank top because it is the perfect length for me. All my other tanks are too long, so I have to let them bunch up (see the black one above.) I still have this orange one, but it’s so faded, I haven’t worn it yet this year. I should probably retire it, but I hate to let it go because most tops in the stores right now are so long. I probably need to pick a few favorites and have them tailored. Shortening a t-shirt or tank top doesn’t cost much, but it can make a big difference in the fit and proportion of an entire outfit.
Anyway, let’s add up the points. The necklace is a point, the striped bag is a point, and the bracelet is a point.
The sunglasses, the oversized earrings, and the blingy sandals are three more points. That is a total of six points, which sounds like a lot, but all of my jewelry is pretty dainty so it doesn’t look like too much.
If I were to put this outfit together now, I’d definitely do a big stack of bracelets or perhaps layered necklaces with a shorter one in the neckline and a longer pendant to break up the front of the tank. But as it is, it works. I look put together with a simple tank top and a casual cargo skirt because I added jewelry, an oversized striped tote, and blingy sandals.
I hope this post shows you how easy it is to elevate a simple casual summer skirt and tank into an outfit that looks polished and put together!
What do you think? Is the Rule of Four helpful??? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I also want to address the sandals I was wearing in both of these outfits. Last summer I was still recovering from a foot injury so I practically lived in Vionic shoes. This style is sold out, but they have other cute styles. Vionic shoes are fantastic for finicky feet. I still wear mine from time to time even though I seem to have healed from the various foot injuries that plagued me for several years. They take some getting used to because they have some pretty significant arch support, but they are so comfortable and good for your feet. I highly recommend them. They are particularly good for those suffering with plantar fasciitis.
Now be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today, and come back tomorrow for a NEW summer outfit!
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