Mixing and matching sounds easy, but can be pretty difficult in reality, especially if you gravitate towards intricate colors, patterns and prints. (Leopard print totally goes with gingham, right?!) Luckily, there’s a way to simplify the mixing and matching process once and for all.
Allow us to introduce you to the “Base – Accent – Pop Method.” The three-step process is adored by the RTR stylists and makes experimenting with your wardrobe a piece of cake. Follow the trusty guide below and be sure to catch the insider tips from our Style Director Blaire Rabenhorst under each step.
Step 1: The Base
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“The base is the foundation of an outfit,” says Blaire. “These pieces are what I call classic pieces. Classic pieces can be a white button up shirt, a pair of black pants, a dress or your favorite denim. They’re often neutral in color (but they don’t have to be) and timeless. The base should be easily added to!”
Step 2: The Accent
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Here, Blaire welcomes playing with color: “While your base pieces are typically heavy in neutrals, your accents can be a mix of color and neutral shades. The beauty of a more neutral base is that any color you can wear with black, you can also wear with any other neutral shade.” The accent is typically a layering piece that can be worn with or on top of the base, like a wrap dress or jacket.
Step 3: The Pop
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For the last step, get creative with accessories. “Pop pieces are shoes, jewelry, scarves, belts, handbags and those small details that go a long way,” says Blaire. “The pop is usually picked last when I style clients. The pop is only as good as how well it coordinates with the rest of the look.” In other words, experiment! Let the “pop” be your excuse to play that fashion wild card. Renting means no risk, so why not?
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