Often you need a statement piece to liven up your wardrobe, turning around an otherwise boring outfit into something special. We all get to that point where our wardrobe starts appearing boring and repetitive, and the age old woe of having “nothing to wear’ arises. If you’re someone who is comfortable with wearing neutral minimalistic outfits, but at the same time misses having the wow factor in them, then statement pieces may be a good place to start to avoid a trade-off between the two. Here are some statement piece ideas that you could try to transform your outfit from just nice to eye-catching!
Shoes are a great place to start to make your outfit more interesting. Even a pair of sloppy boyfriend jeans will look chic once you slip into a pair of heels. Choose bright neon colours for added pizzazz! Printed and patterned shoes are also a great way to make a statement! If you find accessories that match with your statement shoe pieces, roll with it.
Bonus tip: Try bringing in multiple patterns into your ensemble, with printed shoes and outfit. Of course, this does not work well all the time, but when done right, these statement shoes can make your outfit pop!
Graphic print clutches are a great way to jazz up your outfit, as are those in vibrant colours. A neutral outfit does not appear as dull if you pair it with a brightly coloured bag and you can try this out with your work attire too. Say you wear a crisp white shirt with grey work trousers, then you can carry a royal blue bag along with it, so your outfit stands out! Don’t shy away from suede handbags or ones with abstract patterns if you’re looking to make a statement. Two-tone leather bags and embossed handbags are another idea that you could try. If all else fails, bring out the classic animal print handbag and you will always be in style.
Pants, Skirts and Shirts
Printed pants as a statement piece can make a refreshing change to traditional pants, with options ranging from houndstooth patterns to floral patterns. These pants work best with plain tees or shirts, and you can even slip on a blazer for a more sophisticated look! Cutottes are also an option as statement pants – from plain bold coloured styles to patterned styles. Make sure you pair them with a well-fitting shirt or a tucked in top for the best effect.
Statement skirts can really make an impact. Some ideas that you could try include skirts with metallic accents, bold fabrics or sequined detailing. Always remember though that the statement needs to be paired with a plain blouse or a tee, so there is harmony in the overall look.
For statement shirt ideas, you may want to look at tops that have edgy cuts, prints, intricate patterns, embroidered, metallic, sequins and so on. If your statement is being made with your top, then your skirt or pants need to be kept simple to achieve balance.
If you have an outfit in a single colour, you can use statement jewellery to bring life to your look. An eye-catching necklace will go well with blacks and deep colours. Neon accessories work well with greys and pastel shades. Even a plain high-collared button down shirt will stand out when you pair it with a statement necklace. You can also bring more bling to your outfit with bangles and bracelets. You could choose anything from one solitary statement bracelet with hand-set stones to a multiple bangle sets etched with intricate patterns.
Statement pieces are all about bringing a simple outfit to life, and while part of it is about what clothes and accessories you wear, part of it is also about how you pull it all together. So don’t be scared to get a little creative when you come up with your statement look! But remember – the statement piece needs to stand alone and be the item that catches people’s attention – so only one statement per outfit allowed!!