When I saw this photo in a post on Lingerie Addict about the new Spring/Summer collection from Knickerbocker, it gave me the idea for this whole post! Sometimes, it’s the little things, the bits and bobs that take a Plain Jane outfit to the next level and make it sweet or memorable! I think I really picked up on this idea while I was dressing in lolita. For work, I could put on a one piece and a pair of boots and be ready to go, but if I wanted to take it to the next level or look all put together for an event, it was time to start layering.

Now mind you, these cute underthings wouldn’t probably be viewable to anyone but you (and maybe a dear friend or lover) but cute underthings always add an extra spring to your step. Perhaps you also choose to wear thigh high stockings with a garter belt? This one from Purrfect Pineapples is adorable! I still have one I snatched up during the Liberty of London collaboration with Target. I’ll probably wear it until it’s worn out. Want the extra bit of sass that comes with wearing a garter belt but can’t find any stockings you like? Do what I do! Cut off your tights at the top of the leg. Mine haven’t frayed yet, but with a bit of craftability, you could sew it so that it didn’t in the future!


This cute set of earrings is absolutely perfect to add a little twinkle up near your eyes. As a general rule, I prefer posts over dangles, but choose which works best for you and your look. I really like these ones from NestPrettyThingsShop on Etsy (check out her shop! It’s full of cute accessories) but I’ve been known to rock a pair of donut earrings from Tokidoki, because, hey, donuts! Can’t go wrong there 🙂

Glasses are great for more face sparkle and you don’t even need to have vision problems to wear them anymore! A quick Etsy search returned TONS of vintage frames which generally come with non-prescription lenses in them. I recently got some custom Adventure Time glasses from PoppinCustoms which I really like. Also, Warby Parker makes some great frames and for each one you buy, they give one to someone in need.

Brooches are a great way to spice up a jacket, sweater or dress. There are tons of options available as well. You can go handcrafted and get one of the adorable felt ones you find on Etsy. I love HanaLetters, Zygomatics or, if you’re a brony or pegasister like I am, Pegasus Pins. Noialand and GingerMelon sell PDFs so you can make your own if that’s up your alley!

Up until about fifty or sixty years ago, women weren’t really dressed to leave the house without their hats. It’s fallen out of favor now, but that’s no reason not to try to resurrect it! There’s so many options and you can go either cute or retro, or a little of both:

hatsfrom MiriamLealaggspinupcoutureSheenasBellaBows and Angelic Pretty (1, 2)


But I feel like I need to quote Coco Chanel here and say:

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

This is super sound advice. Sometimes all this stuff can just look busy. Take a good look at yourself in a full length mirror. Is there one thing that stands out as too much? If so, take it off or, if it’s required by polite society, replace it with something more toned down or neutral.

There are so many other things I thought of but in an effort not to make this post gigantic and overwhelming, I kept it to these. I’m assuming there’s so much left to mine here, I’ll be doing another one soon!