I had a fashion epiphany from high school girls this week. And no, I’m not going to start wearing mini skirts and tight sweaters. I’m not aiming to look like a high school kid, but they do know how to dress.
Let me explain. I was setting up for a show and there were high school girls all over the place and they all looked so tasteful and nice. I mentioned this to one of the mothers and she said that they were wearing dress code and uniforms. And then I saw it! They definitely were wearing dress code. Khaki pants or skirts and white shirts. But it was the accessories I was seeing! I mean, the cutest pumps and moccasins and loafers. Fishnet or lace or striped stockings. Beautiful bags. Stylish, yet conservative jewelry.
And I realized something I had been thinking all along but never saw so glaringly. Accessories are the paint on the pallet. The main outfit can be inexpensive and plain. But you dress it up with stockings or shoes and you have a smashing outfit! You can even carry the same beautiful handbag every day. Accessories don’t have to be excessive. You don’t have to wear a different pair of shoes every day. But if they’re beautiful and fashionable, they make the outfit. And now jackets and sweaters and scarves have become major fashion accessories. They can also be worn more than once a week and if it’s a reversible jacket, well nobody has to even know!