6 Ways to Make a Simple Outfit Pop

Simple outfits are the foundation of fashion – a plain cake waiting to be decorated.   Just a few basic wardrobe essentials can be worn an endless number of ways if you know what you’re doing. A little black dress (LBD) in a classic silhouette can be dressed up for a wedding, worn to work, or hit a poolside barbecue. A T-shirt and jeans that fit well can go from rock-star glam to casual brunches.

But how can you make a simple outfit appropriate for any occasion? More important, how can you make an outfit pop and stand out in a crowd?

One word: accessories. These can be switched out and combined to liven up all your classic outfits. Choose from among these options to give yourself some personality and flair.

1. Nails

People don’t usually think of nails as an accessory the same way they think of purses and shoes, but they definitely can be, depending on their finish.

One easy way to make your look stand out is by having a statement nail. Bright colored nail polish, unique patterns, and glued-on pearls are just a few of this year’s top nail trends. You can get these looks with regular nail polish or with nail tips, in a nail salon or at home.

Some people naturally gravitate toward longer nails. If you’re undecided, longer nails are great for formal occasions, while for more casual outings, you might want to keep them short and sweet.

Rock your favorite LBD with a bright red polish on coffin shaped nails for your next cocktail or dinner party. There’s no doubt you’ll turn heads and get compliments on that duo.

2. Handbags

A stylish handbag is something you can swap out readily every day. Macramé, woven, or straw handbags are one of the top trends this year. As a bonus, it’s possible to find bags that are created from sustainable materials, an important consideration for those trying to live more sustainably. These purses are perfect for a casual, yet distinctive look. Look for a purse with a daring design or bright colors that expresses your personality and make it the focal point of your outfit.

Does the occasion call for something a bit dressier? Try accessorizing with a classy clutch in a head-turning design. Many clutches come with straps to turn into hands-free cross-body bags too, so you can use it for many different types of events.

3. Jewelry

Jewelry is one of the best ways to change up your outfit. Bigger pieces act as a focal point, especially when they’re in intense colors or sparkling hues.

Earrings: Some earring trends include resin or enamel earrings in large-scale designs and different metals to make unique statement earrings. Dangling earrings always make your neck look longer and draw attention to your face.

Necklaces: As far as necklaces, look for delicate gold chains that you can layer and unique chokers that will have your peers inspired.

Bracelets: A really distinctive bracelet can set off an entire outfit. Try a big cuff or something delicately beaded to make your look absolutely unique. Consider wearing your everyday watch with layers bangles or a leather wrap bracelet.

Rings: Bold rings also demand attention. Consider laying different metals and sizes across your hands for a real statement look. For more relaxed environment, pick a different finger on each hand to decorate with rings. Just wearing one can change the whole attitude of a simple outfit, making a black dress whimsical or jeans and a T-shirt sexy.

4. Outerwear

Depending on where you’re going, you can really change up your look by adding a jacket. A blazer will dress up a pair of jeans into casual business wear or make a sleeveless black dress suitable for the office. A kimono jacket is a pretty, romantic look that softens the streetwear hardness of denim.  A cardigan sweater worn with a pair of jeans gives your outfit a preppy, feminine air. Try it oversized or belted for a whole new look.

A printed, 90s-throwback bomber jacket is a cool twist on plain-material coverings.  And of course, a leather motorcycle jacket added to any outfit will instantly give you a rock-star flair with a tough edge.

5. Shoes

Nothing sets the mood for an outfit like footwear. Shoes give you the opportunity to add flare to any simple outfit. For example, leather boots provide a fierce look to the femininity of a little black dress, making the outfit less delicate. Knee-high riding boots always stand out in a crowd and likewise can balance out the sweetness of a dress. Or, wear either with your jeans for an all-around street-ready look.

A pair of stilettos in a fun color, like red or silver, can instantly take any outfit to date night or the club. Pair these shoes with a basic dress or go for a more casual look by adding stilettos to a black jean outfit.

Consider comfort when traveling any sort of distance, too. If you need to do some walking but want to look a little dressier, a low-heeled ankle bootie goes well with long skirts or slightly cuffed jeans. Sandals worn with any outfit make it instantly appropriate for any outdoorsy spring or summer occasion—choose a style that’s both practical and fashionable. If you’re headed to the beach, choose a shoe that pairs well with your cover up, for a beach-ready outfit.

6. Tights

One of the simplest ways to give a twist to the little black dress is to add a pair of unique tights. Lacy, polka-dotted, or colored, tights add a stylish flair to a simple outfit. Try a bold color or pattern to really stand out. Consider wearing tights under your most distressed jeans, to add a distinctive flare to an otherwise basic outfit.

No matter what accessories you choose, remember that if you let your personality shine through, you can’t go wrong. Online accessory shopping can be the perfect way to spring up your simple outfits. Have fun and be bold!

 

A Fashion Guide for Traveling to New York City

New Yorkers stick to a sophisticated style that values comfort and convenience just as much as fashion. With all the amazing restaurants, museums, and neighborhoods to explore, you’ll want to pack strategically in order to fit in with the stylish locals instead of sticking out like a tourist. Here are the key pieces and accessories you should bring on your next trip to New York City.

Fall Fashion

Come September, NYC is already starting to cool down after its most sweltering period in the summer. You’ll want to pack items that can layer easily – like this cute poncho – for the unpredictable temperatures. It can be quite chilly in the mornings and then rise to the high 70s to low 80s by mid-afternoon. Plus, rain is always possible in the city no matter what season it is.

Bring along skinny jeans in a classic denim or black color. New Yorkers love denim and wear it year-round, so you’ll blend in among the locals. A denim jacket is also a great option and can be easily layered on top of sweaters, t-shirts, or even a comfortable dress. This look is effortless and practical.

If you want to go a little more daring, opt for a black motorcycle-style jacket. The stereotype that New Yorkers wear all-black frequently is totally is true (and they’re more than OK with that). You’ll stay comfortable and look really, really fashionable by NYC standards.

Winter

Winter in NYC is cold. Very, very cold. On average, the temperature stays in the 30s, but can also drop to the 20s and teens during December, January, and February. The wind chill will also make it feel a lot colder than it actually is, so prepare for all of this by packing a warm coat or jacket. A wool pea coat or puffer-jacket are the most ideal. It may sound unfashionable, but most locals actually do rock the below-the-knee puffer to stay warm from head-to-toe. Layer a sweater and long-sleeve t-shirt underneath–it gets warm on the subway, so you’ll want to unzip and cool off while getting from point A to B.

Stay clear of bulky snow pants and go with black or dark denim, as well as thermal tights if you plan to wear a dress or skirt. You should accessorize with a good hat, warm scarf, and pair of gloves to protect your skin from the harsh wind and cold temps. (Pro-tip: bring a pair of gloves that are phone-friendly). Keep your outfit trendy by bringing in a pop of color with a unique handbag. As for shoes, riding boots or comfortable booties are perfect for walking around the city for hours as well as protection against potential puddles.

The reality of visiting NYC is that driving really isn’t an option because of traffic and in the cold, icy winter, it can often be tricky if you don’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle. Most locals don’t own cars, and if they do, they have compact cars that are convenient to park (when parking is an option). This fact means that you’ll blend right in when walking down the street in your puffy jacket.

Spring

Similar to fall, spring can be a tad unpredictable in terms of temperature and weather conditions. Winter can last well into April, so expect it to be a mix of chilly and warm as the city blooms into spring. Every New Yorker will be overjoyed that they can finally shed all the extra layers and you should plan to do the same. This is also a great opportunity to pack some fashionable jewelry because it won’t be hidden under a mountain of layers.

Pack a light-weight jacket and raincoat that you can easily fold-up just in case a downpour occurs. You’ll also want to carry around an umbrella, so you never get caught in the rain unprepared. This will also ensure you don’t have to buy a plastic poncho on the street like many tourists end up doing.

Waterproof booties or fashionable sneakers like Adidas or Golden Goose are the perfect footwear choice. They’ll be comfortable and look cute, plus many New Yorkers wear these for commuting around the city all day.

Summer

Summer in NYC means two things: hot and humid. Everyone who lives there is ecstatic about finally being able to sit and eat outside, but dress appropriately to not overheat. Think all natural, breathable fibers like cotton and avoid synthetic fabrics that can cause you to sweat more. Denim shorts and skirts are always in style, paired with a simple t-shirt or top. Black shorts also work if you’re trying to stay chic.

The best remedy, however, is a classic dress either in a solid color like white or a pretty floral pattern. This will keep you cool and while also blending in with the other fashionable locals. Do bring a sweater along for when you’re indoors though–most places like to blast the air conditioner. Casual sandals will help your feet breathe in the heat while walking around, but flats also work as well, just be sure to break in whatever you wear.

It’s also helpful to pack a picnic blanket, sheet, or towel you can use for spontaneous picnicking around the city. Central Park and Bryant Park are perfect for this and don’t forget a reusable water bottle so you don’t have to keep buying water while out and about.

The key to looking fashionable while traveling NYC is so be comfortable and practical. New Yorkers are more concerned with getting from place to place on time and dry than they are with looking at your outfit. If you carry a camera around your neck and break out the poncho when it rains, you might as well carry a sign that says “tourist”. Otherwise, just bring your favorite outfits and comfortable walking shoes and you’ll fit right in! Safe travels.

Colombian Design Keeps Rising!

Colombia’s creative boom is not only wowing the whole country, or South American continent, but the whole world!

Generally speaking, Latin American designers are having a great moment, with more exposure than ever before! But Colombia has mesmerized everyone with its Johana Ortiz ruffles, Aquazzura heels and Esteban Cortazar sophistication. These are only three of the great brands being showcased at the best stores around the globe like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Intermix, Neiman Marcus among others. But others are starting to emerge as well, Silvia Tcherassi has fascinated us with her most recent collections inspired by Colombian heritage and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s literature. Stephanie Mattos, creative director from La Couture Maison impeccable taste has captured everyone’s eye, specially Nina Garcia who recently wore one of her pieces.

From our very own designers: Laura Davila golden daring pieces have been spotted multiple times on celebrities like Louise Roe and Caroline Vreeland. Palma Canaria has completely changed the meaning of a “strawbag” by innovating these baskets with new materials, shapes and interventions. Tres Almas latest Divas Embroidery Collection has been one of the must have statement earrings of the year, and lets not even begin talking about Daniela Salcedo’s success with her evil eye rings, star earrings and now lip earrings!

When you own a unique handmade piece (which we value tremendously), that has all this story, tradition and work behind it, you can feel it! It just gives it a complete different meaning and aesthetic to the whole outfit! Which is the reason why we think the overall response to all these emerging designers has been so positive.

At By Malka we are continuously working on adding new emerging designers from all over Latin America, and share all this talent, designs and passion with you!

By Malka Online Experience

 

By Malka online boutique is not just a website, it’s a shopping experience.  We are connecting you to Colombia’s luxury market, sharing with you the most well-known and acclaimed jewelry and accessory designers.  With over 15 brands, By Malka will transport you to Colombian surrealism with textures, colors, shapes and uniqueness.

Every item is handcrafted by Colombian artisans and carefully designed by talented designers.  So, when you shop with us, you’re not just getting some earrings, or a bracelet, or a clutch, but you’re getting a work of art.  Browse around our “Brands” section to discover new designers, each month we are introducing new upcoming brands, and we are sure you will fall in love with the aesthetic and look of at least one of them.

Read about our designers, trends, events and much more in our life and style blog in collaboration with our By Malka Bloggers as well as Miami-based Colombian blogger Victoria de La Cruz-Sartorial Dreams.  And please, don’t hesitate in letting us know if there is an specific topic, subject or interview you would like for us to do.

We also always have online sales and promo codes going on, so there is always a chance for you to buy that piece you are so in love with! Our goal is to keep on providing great design within reach, with the best quality, from a click to you!

So stay tuned, we have many upcoming surprises and big reveals!