Those of us who embrace a classic look wage a constant battle: We strive for the eternally chic, but that doesn't mean we don't want outfits that are on-trend and, well, fun. A capsule wardrobe of flawless white shirts, on-trend denim, and perfectly tailored black blazers is the stuff monochromatic dreams (and fashion blogs) are made of, but it all risks falling a bit flat without—and this is important—the right accessories.
We can't help but envy the elite few among us who have truly mastered accessorizing. Their eye for turning a humdrum outfit into a stunning objet d'art is awe-inspiring, and one thing that seems to be a common factor is their skillful use of jewelry. Exhibit A: Danielle Moss, a lifestyle blogger who defines her personal style as timeless and lists Jenna Lyons and Olivia Palermo (two masters of accessorizing in their own right) as her fashion icons.
If your classic looks could use a bit of a lift, take heed: With some help from Tiffany & Co.'s new HardWear collection, Moss is showing us how she amped up three winning spring outfit formulas (one of which she wore to a special in-store event with Tiffany & Co.), all by accessorizing the right way. Enroll in our jewelry master class, right this way.
CLASSIC LOOK 1:
It's a fine line between looking effortless and looking like you haven't made an effort. When you wear a super-simple outfit, it's up to accessories to ensure your look remains elevated and put-together. "I felt amazing in these Tiffany & Co. bracelets," Moss told us. "They made a statement and completely transformed my outfit."
Behold the outfit every single one of us reaches for when we're heading out to an almost-casual dinner. It's served us faithfully for years. But if a moto jacket is your idea of edgy, it's time to be a little braver. Add a flash of gold to your look; all the better if it clashes with the hardware of your leather jacket. Not intimidated yet? Go one step further and create a jewelry moment by accessorizing one hand to the max. "I wouldn't normally stack statement pieces, but I love how these look layered together," Moss tells us. (We concur.)
Raise your hand if you keep a black blazer slung over your chair at work in case of a look-upgrade emergency? Take note, because that should only be part one of your two-step plan. Statement earrings are the real story here—not only are gold drop earrings 2017's must-have jewelry item, they're also a foolproof way to add dimension to the all-black outfits we classic dressers gravitate toward.
"[This look is] by far my favorite because of the earrings," the blogger explains on her way home from the Tiffany & Co. event. Moss tells us how she stepped outside her comfort zone and upgraded her usual head-to-toe black look with on-trend gold. "They made such an amazing statement that made me feel so good (and the endless compliments really helped, too)."