Accessories are the best way to elevate an otherwise plain or basic outfit. For those of us feeling the autumn chill, consider the following sets. Leave a comment and let me know what your current cold weather accessories are.
Sweater weather is fully upon us in the northern hemisphere, and we are looking to get cozy. I'll save cold weather accessories for another day (soon) and talk about main layer possibilities today.
Moving left to right and top to bottom.
This first pick is in Godiva territory, but would work for many Valkyrie as well as Maenads. Valkyrie might wear this with jeans and boots or a straight skirt in a different texture weight, tights, and boots. If you prefer something a bit tougher, there are plenty of great sweaters with the laced neckline right now.
For Fae, a sweater with airy chiffon sleeve ruffle cuffs. She will need her details in wise jewelry choices and a jacket with more visual interest. Another soft and romantic pick. A shorter skirt with tights and detailed booties or a print pair of culottes and patent booties are possible.
This caped sweater with button detail is so gorgeously commanding for Magic Queens. Wear with a trim cropped pant and thin heeled (as low or high as you want), pointy boot.
A simple slouchy sweater for Maenad means a great backdrop for incredible accessories. I'd really like to see a silk scarf with this one, and a great pair of dangly earrings. A pair of jeans and a boot with something interesting going on complete a casual fall look.
This is a quirky pick for Nymph to bring her polished basics to life. Reminiscent of mushroom ridges and ruffles, it is made for an autumn walk in the woods. I like it with a fine suede straight skirt with slits for walking, tights, and a smart pair of tall boots.
The neck is a bit overly chunky and bold for Angel, but I couldn't pass up this particular shade of blue and the dramatic cut outs for the cold shoulder. It's a good transitional sweater as she could wear it bare shouldered for warm early fall days and with another layer under (perhaps in a print, tone on tone for a subtle route) on cooler days. Maybe half tucked into nice jeans and with boots with button decor.
A bit simple for Dragon Princesses, but all the better for her jewelry. With fitted stretch pants, print optional, and a short slouchy boot, maybe velvet.
Mermaid casual with an asymmetrical stretch skirt and blue or green ankle booties. She'll want either a fun piece of jewelry or somewhat funky purse to top it off, or fence net tights to add the interest.
A perfectly draped backdrop for Seer jewelry, it would also be a great sweater to play with interesting belts, slightly dropped to hip. With pegged pants and button detail booties or a tapered jersey skirt.
Which of the looks most inspires you to up your cozy style game?
Base 5 as a system of shapes and scale has been mentioned in numerous previous posts, and has been growing into a wonderfully complementary system to Fantastical Beauty. As it has grown, we have new shape and base names to further shed associations and connotations with a long history of legacy systems. We have Illustrative drawings, and we have sub-identities for each type. The Base 5 guides are coming (with the sub-identities included in the guides).
This is a good time to be really clear: Base 5 is NOT any other system. Base 5 designates celebrities, clothing recommendations, and typing differently. Base 5 does not consider yin/yang nor personality/essence. Base 5 is shapes and scale. Whatever you are in comparable systems DOES NOT correlate with Base 5. You MUST start with fresh eyes and not fall into assumptions- about yourself, about others, about shapes/fabrics/etc.
The shapes are Round/Circle, Mixed Round and Linear, Oval, Rectangle, and Line. They each can lean Round or Linear.
Round is renamed Lush
Mixed is renamed Spirited
Oval is renamed Timeless
Rectangle is renamed Flowing
Line is renamed Regal
In addition to shapes (in your body, in your clothes, in accessories), Base 5 gives us scale (of your body, extended to prints, accessories, and clothing proportions).
Until we have the guides, consider what your dominant shape is. What shapes are seen in your hair? Eyes? Eyebrows? Nose? Cheek bones? Lips? Jaw? Neck? Shoulders? Bust? Waist? Hips? Torso as a whole? Legs? Palms? Fingers? Feet? Toes? Where do you pull linear? Where do you pull round? Are you more in between? Is that in-between-ness more oval or rectangular?