Karen Walker Sunglasses,  H&M Top (similar here), Zara Heels (similar here), Kate Spade Watch, Tory Burch Bag, Lou Lou Earrings (similar here)

Right after graduating college, I rented a pretty small bedroom with a closet in which only baby hangers could fit. This meant I had to hang a lot of my shirts on a rack that was visible from anywhere in the room. While this probably wasn’t the setup Carrie Bradshaw had in mind when she quipped, “I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” (Okay, so I’ve never actually watched a single ep of Sex and the City. I was sheltered!) But it still served a similar purpose–it was a constant reminder of my spending habits.

The first thing that really struck me was how uniform my wardrobe looked. More of the same. And it was almost comical how closely my clothes matched the neutral tones in the rest of my room. My accessories, bedding, and even wall hangings weren’t so much simple as they were sterile. Thus began my mission to choose more colorful pieces that weren’t similar to what I already owned. This off-the-shoulder top was my very first purchase, at least as an adult, of an item this vibrant. Red seemed like the easiest segue into a more sundry style. It pairs well with all the basic, neutral pieces I already own, as sampled here.


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