Look down at what you’re wearing right now. Do you see just a top and bottom? If yes, you’re missing an important outfit detail. It’s the final touch, or as I like to call it… the cherry on top.
It’s natural to think of your outfit in terms of a top and bottom. Because when you choose what to wear you’re most likely matching a shirt with pants. Or maybe it’s a blouse and a skirt. Or just a dress. Either way, an outfit made up of two parts or less is incomplete.
Click play to watch the video where I explain the cherry on top technique that takes your outfit from whatever to something MUCH better.
And read on for my stylist advice on how to make a style statement with your clothes.
Have you ever heard of the closer in baseball? As odd it feels for me to make a baseball reference (I don’t watch baseball, or any sports!), the closer is the perfect metaphor. It’s the pitcher who comes in during the final innings to win the game. The cherry on top is similar. It’s that little something that makes your dessert extra special. Every outfit needs a cherry on top to feel special.
In a basic top and bottom combo, you’ve got two pieces. This look is fine when you’re going super casual, and don’t really care about what you’re wearing. But if you want to step it up and make a statement with your style, you’ll want to add in another element. You’ll want a final touch.
There are lots of ways to elevate a two piece look. The most obvious solution is to layer something on top. Jackets, sweaters, cardigans and vests serve as an excellent clothing closer. But let’s say it’s 90˚ outside and the last thing you want is more layers. You’ve got other options!
Accessories are inherently a final touch. In order for them to count as the cherry on top they must make a statement. Small diamond studs will not complete your look the same way a pair of crystal fringe earrings would. And while I appreciate the delicacy of a refined bracelet, it isn’t going to be a cherry on top.
To determine which accessories will finish your look, notice which ones catch your eye when staring in the mirror. Scarves (neckerchiefs!) are awesome at finishing an outfit. So are hats, statement jewelry, sunglasses and belts.
If you still want to keep your outfit simple – like the top and bottom combo, consider adding in a bright color, strong print or graphic design. This style detail can be your cherry on top! Plaid, stripes and polka dots make lovely finishing touches.
One thing to keep in mind…if you’re wearing a dress – it still counts as a top and bottom combo (because you’re top and bottom body parts are covered). In this situation, you only need one more final touch.
So when you look at your outfit, and you only see two pieces…consider what you have in your wardrobe to add in as the cherry on top. Look for layers, statement accessories and strong prints or color.
If you want practice putting together outfits that look complete, join the free facebook group, Closet Shopping Collective. We’re creating fresh outfits from what we own to help us stay positive, feel productive and have fun. Join us here.
What do you think of having a cherry on top for your finishing touch? Are you already doing this? Or will you try it?