Accessories 102: Theme Beauty Bundles
Change the Feeling or Vibe of Any Outfit in a SNAP!
Happy day, sweet reader!
I hope someone has told you today how special you are! If not, take it from me. You are to me! I hope that you are special to you, too!
Back in April (Which now seems like a lifetime ago.), I wrote the first Accessorize Like a Pro post about Beauty Bundles in which I focused on bundles of the color variety and dropped a mention of Theme Bundles. What I didn’t expect was Sally in St. Paul’s interest in Theme Bundles! Since she asked and I’m sure others of you have the same question, but didn’t, today let’s dig into Theme Bundles.
This it tricky, because in a much earlier Beauty Bundle post, I lumped two different kinds of Theme Bundles together, that I now find it necessary to un-lump. The first we will continue to call Theme Bundles (as explained below) and the other we’ll call Design Bundles. (They play by their own set of rules, and that’s where my pesky polka-dot bundle will end up!)
A Themed Beauty Bundle is a grouping of accessories that share a common thread, that might not have anything to do with color. Normally, when you pull a theme bundle together, you will find some color cohesion, because certain themes tend to certain colors. Unless you have a rainbow themed bundle, then all bets are off!
One of my favorite things is to help a client pull together one or two theme bundles. It really helps them see their accessories in a new light, and makes choosing a grouping to add to an outfit less fraught! Theme bundles are also great for packing or if you a looking to simplify, to pull together an accessories capsule for a season. Summer’s capsule is coming soon, and along with it, a new grouping of accessories!
Rock ‘n Roll & Capri Bundles
Themed Beauty Bundles are exceptionally good at varying the mood of an outfit. Imagine a pair of classic jeans and white tee. Add some items from a Rock ‘n Roll bundle, and you will get a very different feeling than if you paired the same jeans and tee with the items from my Staycation in Capri bundle. The Capri bundle below is from another summer that I did NOT go to Capri… But I pretended! (I’m seeing a theme, here.) You can see how theme bundles play out in this old Jeans + White Tee post… With some outerwear thrown in for good measure!
Let’s do another video demonstrating the power of three bundles: The Rock ‘n Roll, The Mod and the Preppy. (Yes, all the preppy bundle items are still in my wardrobe, but you would never see me wearing them together unless I was going to a costume party… My prepster days are long behind me!)
Preppy & Mod Bundles
Since you’ve seen the basics of my Rock n’ Roll bundle; here are the Preppy and Mod bundles from the video…
South(?)Western & Faith Bundles
Let’s try some other themes on for size. (Or should I say style?) How about a Western/Southwestern themed bundle or a faith bundle? I’ve been known to pile on all the faith pieces when I need some extra comfort, a different kind of comfort than I get from my Sentimental Jewelry.
Tips for Theme Bundles
Yes, wearing all the items in one theme bundle might feel costume-y, especially if it’s a large bundle, but think of your theme bundle as a style pantry. Pull out just the ingredients you need to spice up one outfit recipe. Start with three pieces from the bundle. If that doesn’t seem to be making the statement you’d like, add another one or two at a time until you get where you want to be! Some themes, like the Rock ‘n Roll, lend themselves to excess. Others, like the Mod, tend to more restraint. You do you!
How About You?
Do you group clothes or accessories by “feeling” or theme? How about accessories? Does this concept help you look at your accessories in a different way? Or find items that “go together” more easily? It may sound very outfit mentality to pull these together, but remember, these are fluid. You don’t need to keep them together, and any one piece might fit into a number of bundles! I would challenge you to spend 15 minutes playing with your accessories and see what kind of bundles you come up with. Maybe you’ll find a beach theme, a nature them or a glitz theme? Then come back and tell me; I can’t wait to hear what themes you find!