Street Smart: Accessory Adaptability

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by Paige Schultz, Fashion Writer

With Black Friday lurking just around the corner, fashionistas everyone are on the hunt for great fashion steals. Unfortunately, while I do not have discounts or freebies to offer, I do have a bit of style advice that is definitely worth stealing.

With truly great, personal style, it’s usually not how much you spend or what labels you’re wearing that makes a lasting impression; rather, it all comes down to how you wear your ensemble. Dressing up even the most inexpensive basics with choice accessories can make any outfit look more rich and luxurious, instantly taking you from “drab to fab.”

For proof of the power of accessories, check out, Sammy, a UW-Madison senior with a quirky and eclectic personal style, who dressed up her simple jeans-and-a-tee ensemble with a fabulous embellished jacket from Zara and a few baubles from a variety of other shopping venues. As a girl who considers herself to be “all about accessories,” this communication arts major loves to find quality basics from stores like Bop and then fill in the rest of her wardrobe with economical-yet-trendy pieces from stores like Forever 21 and H&M.

By investing in different kinds of accessories, you not only add individuality to your existing wardrobe, but also expand it, demonstrating that splurging isn’t always necessary to have a closet full of variety. Simply adding a necklace, watch or headband to an ensemble can make it look completely different. Thus, you don’t have to break the bank to be stylish! Sometimes adding an accessory or two is enough to transform your closet and produce a plethora of fashionable options.

Here’s the breakdown:

Name: Sammy Luterbach

Year in School: Senior

Major: Communication Arts – Television and Film

Wearing: Embellished Military Jacket – Zara; Striped Shirt – Forever 21; Long Key Necklace – from Sammy’s mother who wore it in the 90’s; Gold Watch – Michael Kors from Bop; Dark Rinse Jeans – Henry & Belle from Bop; Brown Studded Boots – Marshall’s; Sparkly Headband – American Apparel; Twitter Handle Necklace – BaubleBar

Personal Style: “My personal style is kind of quirky and a little eclectic, but I’m also really into girly things like sparkles and sequins and lots of jewelry. I’m all about theaccessories.”

Favorite Shopping Venues: “Well Bop obviously, but I also like the really weird places that you wouldn’t normally think are super fashionable like Target and Kohl’s. I’m really into their designer collaborations. I also like H&M, Forever 21 and Zara.”

Inspiration/Icons: “Well obviously Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwen Stefani. I also like blogs like Cupcakes and Cashmere and Atlantic Pacific. Blair Eadie is the ultimate style icon. Amy Lavin from College Fashionista is also a source of inspiration for me. She has really great style.”

Spotted: Sunday, November 18th, 2012 at Bop on State Street at 11:30 AM

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