At Armoire, we love hearing all the different ways our bosslady members wear their styles. One of our favorite methods, and one that is incredibly time and cost efficient, is to use Armoire as a sort of wardrobe stimulus package. Just like adding a few new ingredients from your pantry can create an even more appetizing and cohesive meal — we’ve got those same special ingredients to spice up your wardrobe. With Armoire, add color, texture, and newness to your favorite basic essentials.
With a few tips from our Senior Stylist, Marie-Caroline Moir, make the most of what you already have in your closet and gain the ability to create dozens of new choices with your monthly subscription box.
Read on to see how Armoire helps you curate elevated looks for your busy work week, and for your precious downtime on the weekend.
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Styles by: Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia, Theory
1. Skinny Jeans
Get out of your denim rut, and choose some classic and novelty pieces that allow you to amp up any theme you choose.
Workday: For an equestrian vibe, try a classic blazer and white button down; wear them with over-the-knee boots. Hoop earrings and a printed, silky scarf worn bandana style will really emphasize the potency of this time-tested trend.
Weekend: Switch up the ubiquitous ankle boot for a clean sneaker, and try a chubby faux fur coat over a chambray shirt. The broader proportions of the top will balance the slimness of the jeans. A wool fedora popped on your noggin will have you flossing and feeling like a street style star.
Styles by: A.Oei, Paper Crown, Joie, Ted Baker, Milly
2. Black Leather Jacket
Avoid the instinctive pairing you’d usually choose for this jacket, and go for counterintuitive combos instead.
Workday: Throw your jacket over a diaphanous dress or skirt, and a black turtleneck; the juxtaposition of gritty and graceful will be startlingly charming.
Weekend: Try your tough-girl jacket with joggers, or some flowy culottes—both great choices. Blocky heels, clogs, or white sneakers are all spot-on shoe choices, while a bright knit beanie keeps the entire outfit slightly, and appealingly, off-kilter.
Styles by: Boden, Ted Baker
3. White T-Shirt
Your trusty white tee is no longer just a weekend staple; with a little imagination, you can create a cookbook full of outfit recipes built around this humble little guy.
Workday: French tuck your t-shirt into a bold, tweedy pencil skirt, and add some sling-back kitten heels and wrap a cozy cowl around your neck if your office trends towards frosty.
Weekend: Give the predictable cocktail dress the night off, and play with a sexy combination of high and low for a date night or girls’ night out. Wear a dark, shapely skirt with this understated top, and gain all sorts of freedom to go nuts with some sky-high heels, or super-bold statement jewelry. Alternatively, a pair of silky trousers with a t-shirt is a fun, unexpected style for evening. Again, with such a simple shirt, you have lots of visual space to play with your accessories—so have fun with them!
Styles by: Scotch & Soda, Tularosa, Equipment, Prairie Underground, Diane Von Furstenberg
4. Sheath or Shift Dress
Naturally, this bad boy will never be a bad choice, especially in a dark neutral shade, but who says you can’t experiment with an old standby?
Work: Modernize and refresh the classic silhouette of these dresses by layering a bright blouse or crisp white button-down underneath the dress.
Weekend: Make the classic feel artsy with minimalist flats and a statement coat, plus a structured handbag; this a perfect ensemble for Sunday morning brunches and afternoon museum visits.