Easy Outfit Ideas for Couples

Statement pieces for men selected by Apache.

I have never seen a blog that addresses easy outfit ideas for couples.  Maybe I’m wrong, but I prefer to think this is an original idea!  We are obviously a couple that enjoys fashion together and i’m sure there are more of you out there, so we are gonna talk a little about his and also hers.

Our appreciation for style has gifted us many fun memories over the years.  As a couple, we have enjoyed browsing boutiques together, picking out outfits, trying them on for one another, and then getting all dressed up for dates feeling so fresh and so clean. Ultimately confidence can make or break any outfit.

Do we shop all the time?  Hell no, our last name is not Kardashian!  We aint rich…yet…. and we are not shopaholics either. We would rather not be in debt over clothing- been there and done that already. Instead, the medical and college bills are the reigning King and Queen of our debt and sufficient at holding the current Golden Debt title without any help from us making UN-budgeted clothing purchases!

Apache and I both take really good care of what we have so our clothes and accessories literally have lasted decades. Plus, our mom Regina spoils us with apparel every chance she gets. When you take loving care of your clothes and respect what you have,  most things can recycle, continuing to stay a relevant piece for you.  Also, if you choose items that cater to your personal style and fit well as opposed to simply following trends you will always look great.

Here are some easy tips for how to make 3 different looks from just 1 outfit for men and women.

Her Easy Outfit Ideas

An easy foundation

Choose a solid color dress or closely related colors for your foundation (dress or top and bottom). For me, black is always classic and one of my favorite colors because of its versatility. If I feel dark I can express it with black or I can show a fun colorful side by adding a bright scarf.

Look # 1 This is what i call a multipurpose outfit!

Begin to accessorize

Every woman should have a basic black dress.  A simple, well fitting black dress can go a long way.  First of all you can just wear it alone with sneakers or high heels right?  This is a no-brainer dress it up or down item. Realizing it might get a little chilly, I added another layer, black leggings.

Transition one outfit  into 3 different looks via accessories! I decided to get  funky with this thrift shop grey suede vest. Playing on the red vest beading, red jewelry is an easy choice .

Look #2 Found this cool suede vest in a thrift shop!

Considering makeup as an accessory, increase the loudness with a bold lipstick or tone it down with a nude. A mash up of a bold lipstick with the casual aspect of a black bandanna and Adidas sneakers worked for our date night. We went to dinner, a show and then out to dance.

The next two looks i’m giving are just me having fun with accessories. Bring on the lace accessory jacket, hat, sunglasses, jewelry switch ups and makeup.

Look #3 Just grab an accessory jacket and a great hat!

Music can be a really fun motivator when experimenting with different looks. The goal is just to feel good and confident in what you are wearing. If you have trouble with mixing and matching, get a perfect black dress or another solid color that you love to create multiple looks with.

When in doubt, accessorize- just my opinion.

Makeup and jewelry can go a long way. You could wear the same outfit several times in the year feeling brand new each time by simply changing a few small details.

His Easy Outfit Ideas

Apache was able to pull off his 3 looks with one outfit so seamlessly. He transitioned into 3 different looks ranging from dressy to stylish-casual by switching up accessories, and then simply by how he wore the top.

Accessorize yo man

If you are a female reading, get some great gift ideas for your man’s birthday or father’s day from Apache.

I love Apache’s reserved look with suspenders and bow tie.  As Apache mentioned in the video, he has found many unique neck ties in thrift shops and Goodwill stores so don’t feel pressed to press your pockets all the time.

Look # 1 Vintage neck ties can be found in thrift shops for best prices 

Man jewelry looks great in my opinion. Apache loves Native American jewelry as well as leather cuffs and Kangol hats.

Same outfit worn differently

Create a more laid back look without changing the pant or top. Simply  open the tie and let it hang around your neck, open a few buttons and maybe add some shades!

Look #2 A laid back approach.

If your clothing options are minimal, we have been there before. Try using accessories to give yourself a fresh new look!

Look #3  Did we mention that we both love rocking Adidas?

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself” – Oscar de la Renta

 

 

My First Fall Fashion Blog!

Feeling fabulous in my new Pikolinos boots! (Praise hands)

Excitement galore! This is my very first fashion blog which also happens to be Fall oriented! 

Sometimes style can be a form of self expression for me.  I am also a mood dresser.   My colors and style vary with the day depending on if I’m feeling excited, brave, sexy, tired or solemn- just the truth. 

For my introductory Fall fashion blog I want to share some of my basic ideas about style. 

First, confidence can make or break most looks. Secondly, I think it’s really cool to pair old items with new ones. Tying in older clothing pieces with new ones can turn a trendy looking outfit into a creative looking one!  I begin to see the older piece of clothing/jewelry in a new light.  Shopping vintage, goodwill and going through my older items I find treasures to pair with newer fashion items to help create my personal style.  Lastly, in general I’m very attracted to clothing that looks like a piece of art work.  When I find a piece that looks like art or that i find very unique, it will stay close to my heart, be re-used for many years to come, and I may invest (out of my budget) if I can.

In my opinion, artful pieces are not trendy so they never go out of style.  In addition, Apache has been very helpful over the years sometimes finding amazing items for me that I may overlook initially.  We make a great team!

All that being said, it’s been a long and lovely summer and I am super ready to rock some Fall fashion! One of my favorite Fall colors is ochre, it’s so rich and I think it looks really great on all skin tones! This color does something for picking me up and making me feel beautiful.

Confidence is all in our heads

Looking good on the outside is an inside job.

Some people dress down because that’s how they feel about themselves or they are just not confident enough to wear what they truly like. Others just enjoy dressing down which is cool as well- i do too sometimes. Confidence or lack thereof is what could make a very casual outfit look like more than it is or not. Really it’s not about the outfit but more about what a person feels about themselves that others will see.

Nobody knows what’s going on inside of your head. Although, we can give away clues by our posture, the projection of our voices and also facial expressions. All of this begins with what’s going on inside of our heads. Check your thoughts.

The insecurities that we may choose to believe in is not who we are. The negative self talk does not make those thoughts factual. Negative self talk is just something we decide to take on as a self defeating belief system. Although this will take practice, guess what, we are allowed to change our minds!

A little confidence can go a long way! But, if you can’t find a little, fake it until you make it! Act as if until it becomes true for you!

At times i have to work on changing my mind. I have been guilty of this type of self abuse and therefore spent many years preventing myself from enjoying great experiences and joy. If you start changing the words you tell yourself, you will begin to project out more good feeling and self confidence. Try it out! Walk tall, know you are God’s beautiful, unique creation and tell yourself that your awesome just the way you are. I guarantee that whatever you wear will look a lot better when you embrace self love.

Fall Fashion- Pairing the New with the Old

Shopping for new Fall fashion items

Obviously the color attracted me first but upon laying my hands on the stretchy fabric of this dress I knew we would be one! 

The stretch in this dress is crazy ladies; and as much as my weight has fluctuated since I bought it a year ago from Urban Outfitters, it’s been a great gift.   When I bought this dress in Urban Outfitters I was just happy it stretched nicely across my then wide muscular back and today I am happy it flows loosely around the waistline- no bulge showing here!  As women our bodies tend to go through so many changes so i love an outfit that can adjust accordingly. When I turn this baby around there is this plunging crisscross back- a unique twist, yes it’s one of my fall favorites!

My Pikolinos ankle boots are so dope-says me!

The burnt sienna color opaque tights I got from Target. There is a special place in my heart for Fall colors!  I have quite a few pieces that I can pair these tights up with for a cozy feeling so they made a perfect purchase. 

Trying my burnt sienna color stockings and Pikolonos boots with a different outfit!

I couldn’t say too much about my new favorite footwear brand Pikolinos – LOVE!  They save my feet with ultimate comfort and style.  I can rock these leather boots and walk all day long like I did in Asheville, NC boutique and gallery crawling without a problem.  At 41, I am so over being uncomfortable in an effort to look cute.  The outfit must be functional or i can’t be bothered.

I wish I had learned the lesson in my thirties that being uncomfortable aint cute!  My fellow sisters, we need the full package so we can feel our best.  I love these brown ankle boots because I can wear them with a dress or jeans and Fall thru Spring easily!  Pikolinos produce quality leather shoe craftsmanship. So although these boots are expensive they were worth every dime for me.  Also, I purchased another pair when they were on sale in Delaware for 50% off so keep an eye out for those deals and save. 

Shopping for something old

Now, on to my oldest piece- I found this vintage men’s blazer in a thrift shop probably 8 years ago. It’s a timeless piece that adds class, a pinch of androgyny (which I love) and angle to an otherwise very girly look. I knew I could wear this jacket every year because it was classic as opposed to trendy. I also noticed this gem was 100% pure wool- another investment. This blazer kept me oh so warm in my ochre colored dress – jackpot!!! Make sure to raid the vintage and thrift shops, I didn’t pay more than $8 for this jacket. 

Fall Fashion Colors -adding artful accessories

The earrings I bought at the LEAF festival up in Black Mountain from a Native American craft maker.  They were $35 but I felt they were so beautiful and could dress up most outfits.  They paired well with this outfit because the colors were in the same family as my outfit including yellow and orange.  The color of rust is a mix of red-orange-brown and so I pulled in the same colors with this blazer.  The pop of blue in the earring and in my hair was minimal enough to just add a spark of surprise to the color scheme.  The other statement piece of jewelry worn is my wide gem bracelet which was a gift from my other Mom.  This bracelet speaks for itself as far as color choice.

I would say don’t be afraid to try adding a bold statement piece to your outfit if it makes you feel great. Your outfit should make you feel like the best version of yourself. Create how you always wanted to see yourself. Make sure to have fun experimenting with looks you want to wear but are just doubtful to rock- you may get a pleasant surprise. 

Congratulations to me on my very first Fall fashion blog!!!  This was fun! Please let me know if you enjoy this type of blog and wanna see more!

By Nikia Knapp  

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