Introducing Play Into Your Wardrobe
Are you bored of the things in your closet? Are you lacking a sense of joy or excitement when you get dressed? If you answered yes to either of these questions, maybe it’s time to channel your inner kid and introduce some play into your wardrobe. Now, as a self-proclaimed kindergarten chic enthusiast, I tend to go all out with every colour of the rainbow, but you don’t have to. Here are some super simple ways that you can spice up your wardrobe.
As you may know by my last article, I love statement earrings. My collection currently holds ravioli, little chili peppers, knives, lemon slices and many many more. If you’re not into super playful ones like this, the other route is some simple silver or gold hoops or dangle earrings. Statement earrings are a super easy way to add an edge to your outfit, whether it be sour keys or hoops, they will add a pop of fun to your look.
2. A pop of colour
Details: jeans (similar), top (thrifted), mesh top (thrifted)
Like I said, I am a colour enthusiast. I love all things neon and glow in the dark, so you can always spot me in a crowd. To spice up your outfit you don’t have to throw on an entirely coloured outfit, but even something as little as bright coloured socks goes a long way. This pop of colour acts as a focal point in your outfit, drawing the eye. One of my favourite things to do is wear a few items of the same colour, for example pink socks and a pink hat. This helps to pull the entire outfit together and look cohesive.
3. Funky socks
A pair of fun socks peeking out from under your pants is a great way to be inconspicuously playful. Or take it to another level and show them off completely, paired with culottes or a skirt. I personally own a variety of funky socks, ranging from flowers to dinosaurs depending on the setting. And if you’re a Halloween fanatic like me, check out Spirit Halloween around the holidays for some of their wearable spooky socks.
Patterned shoes, socks, pants, shirts, you name it and I support it. For a long time I was afraid to wear patterned garments because they're very bold. But since introducing them into my wardrobe, I’ve fallen in love. Whether it’s mixing patterns together (which can be risky) or wearing a simple leopard print shirt, you’re sure to stand out. The thing that really got me into mixing patterns was Dusty Ray Bottoms walking the Rupaul's Drag Race runway in a striped blazer and polka dot scarf. To this day, that is my favourite pattern combination!
I mean this in the traditional sense of a simple black or brown belt, but also in the wackier sense of utilizing other things as belts. For example, a chain, string or ribbon. My everyday belt is simple; black with silver grommet detailing. No matter how simple the belt, I find that they always spice up an outfit. In terms of the more playful route, using chains, string or ribbon can be a great fashion statement that looks cute, while being practical.
6. Graphic eyeliner
Whether you’re a whizz with the makeup brush or a complete beginner, graphic liner is a great place to start. It is pretty simple to get a handle on, since you can really do any shape you want- there is no wrong way to do graphic liner. My favourite black eyeliner is the Nyx Epic Ink, which is long-lasting and easy to use. Graphic liner can be done in simple black, or with colour. My go to coloured liner is Bymelolops water ink, you can grab a full set for $82 here. If that’s a little out of your budget, the Nyx Vivid Bright liners are a great starting point. I guarantee that if you wear graphic liner, you will turn some heads. Whether you go for all black or a pop of colour, this liner is sure to be a playful touch to any outfit.
7. A bold lip
A bold lipstick, no matter the colour, will automatically pull your entire look together. A safe option is always red, since I believe it looks good on everyone and is easily styleable. Although my new favourite colours to wear are the Sugarpill U4EA Liquid Lip Color and KVD Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in witches. Put on lipstick and I promise that you will feel like a different person.
8. Fun mask
During COVID, when our lipstick cannot be on display to the world, the alternative is to wear a fun mask. Many stores and small businesses now sell fashionable masks that you can style according to your outfits. This is a breath of fresh air, no pun intended, if you’re looking for something more exciting than normal medical masks.
9. Clay rings
That's right, TikTok’s new obsession- clay rings. I personally don’t own any clay rings (yet) but I am a lover of rings in general. Rings can add a fun twist to your outfit, like adding something playful like a strawberry clay ring or an edgy chunky silver ring. Jewelry has the power to alter the overall vibe of your look.
Details: Scarf (similar), blazer (thrifted)
Scarves versatility makes them a great addition to your wardrobe. Wear them on your neck, belt loop or in your hair, the possibilities are endless! You can even try combining some of the other suggestions, like mixing patterns, to take your outfit to the next level.
Adding something playful to your outfit can be a great way to have more fun with your wardrobe. Whether it be something simple or whacky, there are a plethora of things you can play around with. I challenge you to try one of these suggestions above or come up with your own ideas to incorporate into your daily style.