I babysat my seven year old niece a few weeks ago, and one of the activities we do almost every time she comes over is play dress up. I have a few colorful wigs I bought a couple years ago just after Halloween (you know, when they are basically giving them away). So she likes to wear those and then just go through my closet and MESS EVERYTHING UP. Jk. I mean, she does make a huge mess, but she generally helps me put it all back up… or most of it anyway. :)
So, this last time, she walked into my closet and I had just gotten the boots I'm wearing in this post. And she immediately noticed them and said, "Oh, I'm gonna dress up like a rock star because those are rock star boots." So now every time I wear these boots, I feel pretty cool, guys, because apparently these boots are rock star boots. Obviously I had to pair them with a rock star tee, and my ultimate idol, David Bowie.
But in all seriousness, one of my favorite "tricks" is to try and dress up what is essentially a tee and jeans outfit. I wear tees and jeans SO often. I also love dresses, leggings, and all that, but jeans end up being something I wear more often during the week because you can do anything in them (like computer work or stand on a step stool to take photos of food or craft projects—ha!). So finding ways to dress up that uniform works well for me.
Emma's Wearing: Tee/eBay (similar here), Coat/SheIn, Jeans/F21, Purses/Marc Jacobs, from Sarah Rhodes IG sale (similar), Boots/Rebecca Minkoff (similar pair), Choker c/o Bauble Bar, Glasses/ABM for BonLook Jack and Norma frames. Also, my pins are all my "local" pins as they are from Springfield, MO: Golden Girl, The Mixtapes, and Coffee Ethic.
Take it away, sister!
"Dress up time" is definitely on my top five list of things I CANNOT WAIT to do with my daughter. I'm almost tearing up right now! I already have a dress up bin in our kiddo guest room with so many random gems. It's a fun way to reuse old halloween costumes. And I love having a reason to buy a crazy hat at Goodwill! Ugh—MY HEART.
xx -Emma + Elsie
Credits//Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with New A Beautiful Mess actions.