I Decided My Wardrobe Needs to Be 100% More Exciting—See the Transformation

When it comes to my general approach to style, I would say it’s more on the classic end of the spectrum. I’ve always believed in investing in staples that can be worn with any number of outfits—you know, pieces like cashmere crew neck sweaters and straight-leg jeans and a leather jacket that stands up to every season (I’ve even discussed the capsule wardrobe I’ve built around these items). And while I’m happy that I have a closet full of really solid basics, I have to admit that I recently found myself thinking: What happened to the fun?

I’ll blame it on the Instagram accounts of fashion girls like Emili Sindlev and Maria Bernad, who have an exciting approach to style that includes bright colors and unexpected pieces like PVC bags and knee-high socks and orange plaid pants that just feel so fresh and cool. And despite my affinity for more timeless pieces, I felt like my wardrobe was overdue for a little bit of excitement. While I didn’t completely abandon my personal sense of style, I decided to alter my approach to fashion and add some fun to the mix. See how the changes went down ahead.