Don’t be too matchy-matchy
The days of your shoes having to match your handbag perfectly are long gone, says Courtney Hammonds, a fashion stylist, author, and the program coordinator for The Art Institute of Atlanta’s Fashion Marketing & Management & Fashion Design programs. Hammonds suggests wearing a statement bag in this season’s Pantone signature color with a different color shoe to make your overall look appear fresh and modern. Carrying a slouchy plum-colored bag with nude or animal print heels is totally acceptable or try a bright clutch and black peep toes to turn heads. (Related: Learn these 11 tricks to make your shoes last longer.)
Always accessorize a little
To perk up an outfit, “always add at least one statement piece,” suggests Hammonds. “It’ll make your outfit go from “good to knockout.” Wrap a light, patterned scarf around your neck before leaving the house in that all-black outfit, or slip a cuff bracelet on your wrist to make a sheath dress look cool and not-so-classic. You don’t have to overthink what matches and works, when you pick just one, big accessory, like a bib necklace. (Related: Here’s how to clean your jewelry at home.)
Jeans are more than dress-down clothes
Bobby Schuessler advised WhoWhatWear.com when it comes to denim, “don’t stick to one look; mix and match.” He suggests, pairing structured, more professional pieces like a blazer and pointed-toe pumps with casual finds like distressed jeans and a tee. That said, punch up your look with heels or wedges and leave the sneakers for the gym.