July 10, 2018
In my area we are almost halfway through the summer season and by now my summer capsule wardrobe is well established. I have my favorite outfit combinations that I sport regularly and there are no wardrobe holes to fill.
But that doesn’t stop the urge to want to add something new.
What does someone do when they want to freshen up their wardrobe, without overhauling it?
Focus on Accessories
The great thing about costume or fashion jewelry, is that it’s purpose is to compliment a specific outfit, not your entire wardrobe. And the cost is far lower than the price of fine jewelry.
The popularity of costume jewelry has expanded considerably in recent years. Retailers now carry a large assortment of costume jewelry to pick from. Websites such as Etsy allow you to buy a one of a kind item directly from the designer. And the trend of jewelry making for hobbyists means that now you can even create your own personalized piece.
If sporting necklaces, earrings, bracelets, or rings is not your cup of tea, you can focus on other accessories to freshen up your look instead. Summer hats are both stylish and practical, keeping your face protected from the sun’s harmful rays. A summer scarf does the same job, it just protects your neck instead of your face. Or add some hair accessories to spice up your ponytail or bun.
Switch Your Summer Bag
Certain materials just sing summer and three of my favorites are crochet, straw, and bamboo. If you are tired of your outfit, try a budget friendly summer bag. All 3 bags above are perfect for summer and under $30.
Replace Your Sunglasses
Sunglasses serve the dual function of being not only a great fashion accessory, but also serve to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and blue light, which may lead to cataracts and macular degeneration, respectively. Sunglasses also make your vision more comfortable by stopping the need for having to squint.
When searching for a pair of sunglasses look for lenses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light. Lenses marked ‘UV 400’ block wavelengths up to 400 nanometers and will block UVA and UVB rays. If you are not a fan of glare, you’ll also want the lens to be polarized.
When buying sunglasses, the color of the lens doesn’t matter, and darker doens’t mean better. Be sure to check the label to ensure that your new pair will protect your eyes appropriately.
How do you keep your summer wardrobe fresh?