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VillaVogue: From Basic to Anything But

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Glasses and jewelry are perfect for accessorizing.

When it comes to the winter weather blowing a frigid breeze and the unbearably bitter temperature, all you want to do is bundle up in a sweatshirt, sweatpants and a giant oversized puffer, and maybe even throw on a pair of UGG slippers. However, strengthening your style in the cold months can be easier than you think. All you need to do is add a bit of flair, and I am here to tell you how. There is more to “style” than just a simple pair of jeans paired with a basic sweater. Not to say this frequently worn combination isn’t cute, and certainly convenient before an 8:30 a.m. class, but rather that there lies much room for improvement.

Layer Up
Create a whole new style with the clothes already in your closet. Adding a baby tee or long-sleeved shirt under an oversized sweater can strengthen any simple outfit. A minor detail can transform a basic look into fashionable attire. Not to mention, layering is a practical choice to keep warm when the temperature drops below 30. Another simple, yet effective, styling tip is the collared-shirt layering method. This trending favorite is rampant on any Pinterest board and is an easy trick to look extra chic.
Knit Scarf
Thick-knit scarves are making a comeback. Cashmere, knit, wool, you name it. A warm scarf wrapped loosely to your solace is the perfect description of cute yet comfortable. From patterned prints to bold vibrance or minimalist taste, whatever route is chosen, a scarf is a courteous boost to any customary outfit.
Golden Glow
Earrings are the finishing touch to every outfit, bringing it all together with show-stopping decadence. Gold hoop earrings are a quick and effortless way to make anyone look put together on their laziest day. Not necessarily overwhelming, but a simple and sophisticated touch that is sure to elevate the look.
Samba Sensation
These kicks will never go out of style. Everyone knows the classic Adidas Samba trainers that took hold of the soccer world for years on end. They have always been a staple, whether the three stripes, white or black, and canvas material surrounding them. However, the Adidas shoes of today aren’t comparable to the ones of the past. Footwear is an accessory we frequently neglect, but is always a reliable source to add a bit of flavor. The styles are new, colorful, bright, vibrant and readily available for your choosing.
Claw Clip
Claw clips have always been a low-maintenance way to pull hair back, fighting the little descents of curls and strands that slip to your face. However, what used to be purely practical has evolved to a staple hair product in everyone’s drawer. From plain colors to printed patterns and unique designs, there are a variety of claw clips to not only match your outfit for the day, but also express your style.
All Tied Up in Ribbon
A lovely bow is the frosting on top of the cake and an elegant topping to any outfit. Consider it an easy and affordable way to achieve a playful look. Whether a casual shade, a fun pop of color or patterned pleasure, a bow to pull back your hair has become a hit for any event. An astonishment in the fashion world and favorite for many is the half-up-half-down look that is tied in a ribbon, as it captures pure sweet decadence.
Travel Tote
A big tote bag filled with various compartments to hold your goods is an easy way to elevate your routine life and captivating style. Throw whatever you desire over your shoulder and get moving for the day. A tote bag is not only a practical way to have your essentials within reach, but also a charming fashion piece.
Stack ‘em
Pick your poison: gold, silver, rose, bronze, the list goes on. Whatever you like, necklaces look best when stacked. No matter the style or material, necklaces add a necessary bit of sparkle. From vintage pieces to a minimalist stack, any combination can encapsulate an individual’s vibe entirely. Typically, people choose several necklaces of different lengths. Some may match, others may be a random assortment of colors and charms. Over the top? No. Expressive and unique? Yes. Some extra shimmer and shine never hurt any look.
Fabulous Frames
A necessity for your vision or a necessity for your style? A common argument that brews in the fashion media is whether glasses are for sight or show. I’m here to tell you they fill both of those requirements. Blue-light glasses are raving in the market as a staple piece in lazy, study outfits. My favorite four-eye pair are chunky, leopard print and brown glasses. They are both affordable and cute.

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