My theory is that I don't put much effort when I'm out and about because I don't put much effort in how I look when I'm lounging around the house. Comfy lounge clothes are the norm for me and, if I'm headed to the store, or to run errands, I pretty much grab my handbag and go. But what if I did a small series of rituals that allowed me to be both comfortable and presentable while I'm spending time at home? Then, if I had to quickly run out to complete a few tasks, I wouldn't have to invest much time in getting prepared. Or, better yet, I could step out and still look pulled together. Since I tend to wear a lot of basics around the house, I came to the conclusion one of the most effective actions I can do daily, is to accessorize well. It's such a simple gesture that offers a great level of return.
Jennifer Lopez has executed this flawlessly as she heads out from ice cream. A pair of jeans, a black top, and flip flops, comprise her entire outfit. That's something not unlike what one would wear around the house.
But when you add a pair of diamond earrings, a chunky cuff bracelet and the perfect pair of shades, the entire look is pulled together flawlessly. Honorable mention goes to her manicured nails and statement pinky ring. To me, this is how one does "dressed down." And it doesn't hurt that her hair is in a neat top knot and her figure is enviable. Another thing to note is how perfect skin serves a great purpose in mastering being fabulous while dressing down. She does a great job of highlighting her skin by keeping the makeup ultra simple. Great skin will make you look amazing no matter what you're wearing. Don't forget to pamper your skin.
I'm now letting go of the idea that my accessories should only be worn when I'm going somewhere "special," Instead, I'll invest in simple pieces that I can enjoy even if I'm not stepping foot outside. The right accessory can make a simple tank top look sexy and polished.
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There will be more posts in this series as I share inspiration on looking great while dressing down.