Simple Additions to a Classic Wardrobe

For yesterday's photo shoot, I had our lovely model Rachel wear a plain white T-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans. I brought a bag of accessories (hats & jackets) to compliment the handbags we were photographing. It really is amazing how simple additions to a classic wardrobe can result in completely different looks.  

It's a great way to get more use out of your clothing and not have to contribute to the fast fashion industry quite as much. I've been reading a great book by Amanda Brooks called I Love Your Style that describes several basic fashion styles (minimal, eclectic, street, etc) and details very practical advice on how to define and build a wardrobe that expresses you. 

Defining your style

Starting with some of our more classic bags (the simple shape of the Leather Pouchette and the clean lines of the Fold Over Clutch in Navy), we kept it beautifully uncomplicated. Rachel's pop of red lipstick was all that was needed to really pull these looks together:

Fair Trade Leather Purse

Color Blocked Navy Clutch Purse

For some of our more playful bags like the large Ikat Tote and the Saddlebag Leather Pouchette, simply adding a raffia fedora I found in a thrift store make quite the impact on the overall look:

Sometimes changing up a basic outfit can be as easy as adding a jacket. I've noticed that my jackets tend to be on the more trendy side and that that's where I like to play with fun colors and embellishment details. Notice how different the outfit looks with the Floral Button Clutch and the Raffia Button Clutch:

Fair Trade Emerald Floral Clutch

Fair Trade Raffia Clutch

And, of course, one of my very favorite ways to change up an outfit is to add a beautiful scarf. I love how the light pink and white stripes makes the Black Ombre Clutch really stand out and make a statement!

Cambodian Scarf Accessory

We'd love to hear some of the genius accessories you have built into your wardrobe to keep it looking fresh without overflowing your closet! 


Purse & Clutch Owner Jen LewisAuthor: Jen Lewis is Owner & Director of Purse & Clutch. You can connect with Jen on . She has been running P&C since 2011 and gets excited about connecting resources to needs. 

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