How to Reenergize Your Signature Style
If Your Style Is Bohemian . . .
add a little structure.
You love long, flowy skirts, ethnic jewelry, fringy bags, and chunky sandals. But sometimes too much of that sort of thing goes too far…out. Slip on a tailored blazer and a straightforward tee and your beloved hippie style fast-forwards to the 21st century, looking completely fresh and smart.
To buy (clockwise from top): Alice + Olivia polyester skirt, $484, bloomingdales.com. Iro acetate-and-polyester blazer, $496, 877-726-6777. Twenty Tees raw-silk–jersey T-shirt, $95, twentytees.com for stores. Alexis Bittar 18-karat-gold–plated earrings, $185, 877-680-9017. Elizabeth and James leather-and-wood heels, $295, neimanmarcus.com. Megan Odabash ebony necklace, $195, Lola, 914-921-3162. Jérôme Dreyfuss lambskin bag, $710, 212-334-6920.
If Your Style Is Minimalist . . .
add some texture.
There are still plenty of clean lines and graphic shapes here to keep a less-is-more fanatic happy. Yet the tactile quality of these sleek and simple silhouettes gives the outfit new depth: Note the tweedy zigzag overlay on the bottom half of the dress, the blocky necklace, and the contrasting bangles (one matte, one shiny).
To buy (clockwise from top): Maisonette 1977 viscose dress, $375, 323-655-2142. Tory Burch beaded necklace, $365, toryburch.com. Ben-Amun rubberized-resin cuff, $195, 212-944-6480. Max Mara resin-and-metal cuff, $235, 212-879-6100. Banana Republic leather pumps, $98, 888-277-8953. Raoul leather bag, $395, raoul.com.
If Your Style Is Preppy . . .
add edgy accessories.
Penny loafers and ribbon belts used to be par for the course. But replace them with accents that aren’t Preppy Handbook–approved, like a slick black bag, kittenish pumps, a studded belt, and spiky earrings, and your nautical peacoat and Cape Cod–bright cords take on a cool, citified feel.
To buy (clockwise from top): Raoul silk top, $215, raoul.com. Keds at Opening Ceremony boiled-wool jacket, $425, openingceremony.us. Topshop cotton-corduroy pants, $80, topshop.com. Kara Ross metal-alloy belt, $470, 855-888-5769. Alexandre Birman pony-hair heels, $550, Zabayon, 732-761-1303. J.Crew leather bag, $348, jcrew.com. Ray-Ban sunglasses, $160, iloristyle.com for stores. Alexis Bittar gold-plated earrings with Swarovski crystals, $245, alexisbittar.com.
If Your Style Is Vintage . . .
add some modern to the retro.
The trick is not to be so literal—you don’t want to look as if you just walked off the set of Mad Men. Contrast “old” (estate jewelry, a Peter Pan collar shirt, and Mary Janes) with “new” (a glitzy loose dress, a cross-body bag, and a wraparound belt).
To buy (clockwise from top): Adam silk dress with sequins, $358, shopadam.com. Keds at Opening Ceremony silk top with cotton collar, $150, openingceremony.us. Marais USA patent-leather flats, $98, maraisusa.com. C. Wonder bag in calf hair and pebbled leather, $198, cwonder.com for stores. Raoul leather belt, $110, 212-206-8264. Samantha Wills ring of sterling silver and crystal, $220, samanthawills.com. Lulu Frost vintage Deco earrings, $360, 212-965-0075.
If Your Style Is Ladylike . . .
add neon accents.
The quickest way to recharge that closet of classics is with color—Day-Glo color. Just a couple of tiny touches, such as a high-voltage layering piece and vibrantly trimmed heels, are enough to create a major impact without losing an ounce of refinement.
To buy (clockwise from top): J.Crew wool jacket, $250, 800-562-0258. Old Navy rayon top, $30, oldnavy.com. R. J. Graziano metal-and-resin earrings, $65, 212-685-1248. Robert Rodriguez silk skirt, $285, robertrodriguezcollection.com for stores. Charles David leather heels, $250, 310-659-7110 for stores. Fantas-Eyes sunglasses, $18, 212-997-4433. Pedre leather watch, $100, 800-969-215. Kotur snakeskin bag, $336, shopkotur.com.