How to Dress up a Plain Outfit

August 16, 2016


Ladies, this is my mom uniform in all it’s glory. I have four kids (all under 7) and I NEED comfortable clothes.  I realize there is nothing fancy about this outfit and it is rather plain.  Adding accessories to any plain look gives the outfit some pizzazz and makes me (and hopefully you) feel more confident when I go out and about with the four munchkins.





The particular accessories for this look include an “X” statement ring I received from Rocksbox a year ago, and this lovely statement necklace I received courtesy of D.Monaco Designs. This necklace is one of a kind and is actually one of the most intriguing necklaces hanging from my necklace boards. The tassels to the stones in and out are just a marvel and I was sad to see that this particular item was no longer on the website. It is light to wear and the stones in the middle actually move slightly when you touch them as they are supported with wire that is attached to the frame. This is definitely a fun necklace. Oh, and did I mention it has tassels? This makes for the perfect fidget accessory ladies.



With the summer coming to an end I feel like my mood for wearing color has exploded as Fall entails more earthy tones to neutrals and little color.  I am soaking it up while I can.  With that, this maxi skirt is the perfect example of wearing color while I can before the skirt and colors start retiring for a new season.

What piece of jewelry makes you marvel? 

What pieces do you add to your clothes to give an outfit some pizzazz?

Outfit details: Tee: JC Penny, similar//Skirt: JC Penny,  very similar//Necklace: c/o D.Monaco Designs (sold out online)//Ring: c/o Gorjana via Rocksbox,similar//Sandals: Old Navy, old, similar.

Now for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up

Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:



Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your Co-Host Casey of Cattails, Rabbit Trails & Thistlefish!

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Casey Capra is the writer behind a faith, marriage and fashion blog called Cattails, Rabbit trails & Thistlefish! She is 22 years old, a full time psychology student, and a newlywed who is passionate about women knowing their true worth. She has challenged herself to find cute modest outfits that don’t break the bank by blogging about it every week. She has also challenged herself to create her own knitting patterns and (finally) learn how to cook!
Her favorite thing to watch is Food Network, her favorite way to work out is cycling class, and her least favorite thing about herself is her food allergies.

You can follow Casey by: Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter

Now on to the Featured 5 (well 6 and you will learn why below) from last week:



I was inspired by how Karen of She Thought She Could and Amy of Amy’s Creative Pursuits both met in real life. See the distance they traveled and the fun adventures they had by clicking on their links above. I would LOVE to meet several of you in real life. Any of you in the Roanoke, Virginia area?


This blue dress on Lee was the perfect inspiration for looking for a good fitting little blue dress for myself.


I am always inspired when a blogger takes an article of clothing and remixes it. This white button down shirt post from Anna shows just that.


 I can relate to Roxanne’s picture taking experience from this post. Other than that I love this floral jumpsuit look.
 Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host: Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all. Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

To link up it would be great if you linked my button to your post that you link up. Get button code below:

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  • Megan Wilson August 16, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Great simple chic outfit, Rachel! I love tips to dress up day-to-day looks. thanks for hosting another great link up!

    Megan Wilson

  • Happiness at Mid Life August 16, 2016 at 12:42 am

    This necklace is a great addition to your outfit. I am all about comfort when it comes to my “momiform”.

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Lee August 16, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Ah Rachel!! I am SO glad that my dress inspired you into a blue dress! That makes me so, so happy!! <3

    Also, your "mom-iform" is awesome. You look comfortable, happy and stylish!
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  • Amanda August 16, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Loving the gorgeous blue of that skirt– it;s so summery! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  • Sheree August 16, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Jewelry and bold color def makes an outfit pop. Your necklace is so intricate in detail and interesting to look at. I wish I can wear fashion jewelries more often, but I am allergic to non-precious metals which is why you only see me wearing the same necklace, bracelet and earrings in every outfit…lol Have a wonderful week Rachel!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  • Nancy August 16, 2016 at 2:17 am

    It is a fun necklace! Thank you for hosting!

  • Anna Shirley August 16, 2016 at 2:43 am

    In fact, I like plain outfit, because plain outfit is fun outfit. You can play with it as much as your fantasy and creativity allow you. You can add nice necklace like you did. Or a few necklaces, a bracelet, a ring, a scarf, a vest,…………. etc. And it will be always something new. Thank you very much for featuring my outfit. You made my day!

    Anna xoxo

  • Laurie August 16, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Rachel, this look is classic and elegant. I always love a streamlined look. Thank you for hosting x

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life August 16, 2016 at 4:28 am

    I also use scarves to dress up outfits.

  • Shelbee on the Edge August 16, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I love the color of your skirt! Such a cute mom outfit! This is very much how I dress in my daily mom life, too. And once you add an interesting necklace (or a scarf), you have elevated basic to fabulous! I would love to meet some of you wonderful blogger friends, too, but alas, I live in the remotest area of upstate New York and have not found any fellow bloggers nearby! Perhaps someday…


  • Kathrine Eldridge August 16, 2016 at 7:13 am

    What a beautiful necklace! This transforms your classic look. Thanks so much for the link up!

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles August 16, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Share my excitement in the second installment of my collaboration with Los Angeles brand TOBI this week at the blog – I am sure you’ll love it as much as I did!

    Happy Tuesday!


  • Trina August 16, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Very cute and love the necklace:)

  • Marta August 16, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Cute outfit & love the necklace! Thanks for hosting:)

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom August 16, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I really prefer comfortable outfits, too when I am tending to the kids all day! That blue is a pretty color for a maxi skirt, I have a similar one in gray. That necklace is so pretty and really does dress up the look!


  • Amy Arnold August 16, 2016 at 8:48 am

    This is a great mom outfit! You look very put together. Accessories always help.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • jodie filogomo August 16, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I think you’re exactly right—adding accessories make the outfit seem more intentional!!
    Although I’m trying to get out of the mindset of different colors for different seasons—I want to wear them all!!

  • Shea August 16, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I love how jewelry can really take a look up a notch! You look comfy and cute in this look and I agree that the necklace is such a stunner!

  • amy August 16, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Awww, I’m humbled that you chose Karen’s and my post and the lovely words you shared. It was such a valuable and amazing experience. I hope to meet many more bloggers in the future. I would love to meet up with you too! If I ever travel to Virginia, I’ll give you a head’s up. Fabulous necklace!

  • Jennie August 16, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Wonderful look for casual summer style and I really like the bright maxi skirt! Accessories make such a difference and your necklace is a real statement piece.

  • Leah August 16, 2016 at 9:29 am

    You are so right! Adding accessories adds a chic touch to any outfit! love your necklace!

    xx Leah /

  • Rachael Thomas August 16, 2016 at 9:32 am

    This is such a great easy, yet put together look, and I love how the necklaces dresses it up!

  • Leah August 16, 2016 at 9:34 am

    You are so right. Adding accessories is an instant chic touch. Love that necklace!

    xx Leah /

  • Melissa August 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

    4 kids under 7 isn’t an easy task! Your mom outfit is perfect! BTW I love your hair 😉
    Thank you for hosting,

  • Jess August 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Pretty skirt Rachael and it is nice to be casual in the summer as it is just so darn hot! Love the necklace to add sparkle!
    thanks for the linkup!
    jess xx

  • Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels August 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Love that color blue! And that necklace is the perfect touch!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes August 16, 2016 at 11:13 am

    A maxi & a tee is a great mom uniform! I love how comfortable maxis are… Beautiful necklace! It really dresses up the outfit!

    Thanks for the linkup & have a great week!

  • ruth August 16, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Accessories can make an outfit great! Maxi skirts are so comfy and so easy to style!

  • Sheela Goh August 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Rachel, I have loads of admiration for how genuine you are. In a world flooded with artifice, there are very few who keep things real, especially on the blog, and that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy returning to read your posts 🙂

  • Kelsey Bang August 16, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    that necklace is so fun! great look!

  • Karen Strand August 16, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you so much for the sweet shout out for Amy and my’s post! I feel honored. It was both fun and interesting to meet another blogger in real life. I would love to meet you too!

  • Laura August 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Accessories really can dress up any outfit!

  • Petite Silver Vixen August 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Nothing wrong with a plain outfit especially if it’s comfortable! Besides, the blue is a gorgeous colour. But the necklace is very unusual and certainly draws you in.
    Funnily enough, I’ve just done a post on how awesome accessories can totally dress up an outfit so great minds think alike!

  • Irene Papadopoulou August 16, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I wanted a skirt like that since forever! love the color combo

  • Becky @ bybmg August 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    That necklace is so pretty! Such a great addition!

  • Jessi August 16, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Great post! Simple outfits are the best because you can always mix and match with different accessories 🙂


  • Emily Green August 16, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I’m a firm believer that sometimes the most simple outfits are the best. Love that necklace. Always a yes to tassels:)!

  • Kelly @birdieshoots August 16, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Maxi skirts are the best, and definitely a staple in my weekly uniform(s) too! Thanks for hosting, I’d love to have you join my link-up here:



  • Debbie Stinedurf August 17, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I agree, accessories can make all the difference. This necklace is beautiful…the double tassel makes it different and I love the stones!

  • Mackenzie Carol August 17, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I love this outfit, especially the skirt! I just love that color and it looks fantastic on you! Thanks for hosting this linkup and for sharing it at the Grace + Lace linkup!

  • Emma Peach August 17, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    That’s a really pretty necklace with an interesting design. Love your blue maxi skirt 🙂

    Emma xxx

  • Mallory L Welch August 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I love fidget-friendly accessories! I swear half of my necklaces have tassels now. Love your necklace! Thank you for hosting!

  • Erica August 18, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Gorgeous necklace! It really does dress up your outfit perfectly. 🙂


  • Getyourprettyon August 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Love the necklace. It does dress up your outfit.

  • Rena August 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Simple and easy are key ingredients for any great outfit and yours has it in spades. Thank you for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.