{Fashion Friday} The Power of One

Fri-Yay, indeed! We’ve got a weekend of sunshine ahead…along with our daughter’s birthday party! I can’t believe my little ‘babygirl’ is turning nine. #gulp Her birthday completely kind of snuck up on me, so the party will be more low-key than year’s past, but I’ll still be making her cake…so wish me luck!

The new Spring styles are coming out hot and fast, and I’ve ‘added to cart’ more than a few times, so I’ll be sure to share the good stuff once it arrives. The start of a new season can be overwhelming…both in options, and to your wallet. The desire to scoop up all the fun new styles is tempting, but our house and travel budgets come first, so I have to be very selective.

But you don’t need a whole new wardrobe to get a fresh new look…in fact, often times a single accessory can change the entire outfit. The right piece can take an outfit from basic to BAM! Here are some outfits created using wardrobe basics, but made fab with just a single accessory.


I’m no stranger to a striped bag, and you’ve seen how many times it’s elevated my outfit.

hi sugarplum | striped bag + chambray


Jeans and a white tee are classic casual. But add a statement necklace, and you’re just as comfy, but now you’re turning heads. By the way, I had Mr. SP do a butt-check on these jeans (you know, ‘honey, do these jeans make my butt look good?’), and he gave them two thumbs up. Along with a lewd gesture we won’t mention…but basically, they’re good. Real good.

hi sugarplum | ethnic chic

Bring color and pattern to your neutral outfit with a single scarf. I like scarves with lots of colors, because they give me more mix-and-match options. For instance, swap the white tank for a mint one, skip the jacket, and you’ve got a totally new outfit!

hi sugarplum | maxi skirt


Who doesn’t have a black top, and white or black pants? Throw on these colorful little earrings (currently on big sale!!), and your outfit makes a big impact.

hi sugarplum | black and white

These shorts aren’t an accessory, but it’s an example of how adding just one item of pattern can elevate a basic outfit.

hi sugarplum | patterned shorts

Of course, I’d combine several of these elements for my own outfit. But I’m greedy like that.

hi sugarplum | patterned shorts

I’m not saying basic is boring….every wardrobe needs good basic pieces like the ones I’ve shown…but you can get a lot more mileage out of them by mixing in fun accessories. Not to mention, save money by just adding a few inexpensive pieces every season.

Which of these outfits are you most drawn to? What’s your favorite accessory for upping your outfit game? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. I just love your fashion posts, so inspiring and so affordable! Thank you , thank you! I just placed an order with Old Navy last night but I am going to need to place another now. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I love all of these outfits and ideas! Asking me to pick my favorite accessory would be like asking me to pick my favorite child–not gonna happen. I totally subscribe to this theory and love punching up basic outfits with pops of color through bags, scarves, necklaces, patterns–all of it. Happy Friday to you and enjoy the party this weekend!

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  3. I think I like the black and white combo best!!!

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  4. I wanna a pair of each of those shorts! Those earrings are gorgeous as well!

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  5. kristine wrote:

    Love your fringe purse, but sadly the cognac is sold out. 🙁 Thinking of possibly the BP cross body instead…does anybody have it?

    Posted 3.28.15 Reply