(This is the first in a five-part series about making a statement in a second.)
Hours getting ready and still looking just OK? No thanks. I like making a fashion statement in two seconds. I just put on a WOW piece.
We all have one statement piece. Or at least one…I actually have so many, I can often hear them arguing in my closet. As long as you know how to wear it, a statement piece is an excellent way to show confidence and fashion-sense.
The main principle behind this entire series on “wow” pieces is KISS (keep it simple, stupid). Follow that rule when determining the rest of what you’re wearing, and you can smooch boring looks goodbye.
A statement fashion piece is the main focus of an outfit. It’s a pop of color. The splash of pattern. The sparkle of tons of…well…sparkles. That je ne sais quoi piece is on stage, so hush the rest of the audience. Two statement pieces talking at the same time…now that’s loud. Nothing you wear with it should take that focus away.
Wearing a “wow” piece
My blue pouf boots from Charles Nolan—an amazing find this winter. A seasonal statement piece, they’re perfect with leggings and a simple wrap sweater or tunic; a neutral empire-waist mini dress and tights; or skinny jeans with a plain fitted top. Whenever I ear them, they take center stage, with their over-exaggerated cinching, unique calf tie and bold teal (an unusual splash in a muddy puddle of brown and black boots).
Repeat after me. Simple. Simple. Balance. Now you…Balance. If you’re wearing something patterned or funky, why fight it? Join it and showcase it against solid neutral colors, such as browns, black, gray, navy, white and beiges. If it’s a patterned skirt, think solid top and opaque tights. Is your top the focal point, extra bold on the color or crazy with the cut? Pair it with a neutral, simple bottom. If your boots are out-of-this-world, reach for jeans and a simple top or neutral opaque tights under a solid dress.
Wearing a “wow” coat
I have this coat. If you know me, you know of this coat. It’s red. I mean, red red. It’s the quintessential statement coat. Women have stopped their cars to ask where I got it. I had one woman jokingly threaten that she was going to knock me down and take it (she might not have been joking…not sure about that one). This coat belongs out on the town, not in a coatroom. It would just taunt the lesser coats. Therefore, I try to make it my outfit, rather than a functional companion piece. This won’t work if I’m going to dinner or to someone’s house, but it’s perfect for stand-around cocktails or outdoor window-shopping on Newbury Street. I keep my clothing underneath simple and lean (too heavy and I end up needing to disrobe or risk overheating).
Depending on the coat’s shape, color and occasion, try wearing black skinny pants with simple high heels. Nothing to distract the eyes downward and off the coat. Keep the shirt neutral, a simple boat neck tunic or boyfriend tee, whatever works best with the coat’s style.
Next in Just “wow” Them Part 2, I’ll have tips on wowing them with red lips–a sometimes intimidating endeavor but the perfect way to give a KISS.