Self-expression has always been important to Larsen Thompson. Spending her childhood in and out of dance classes — she first rose to prominence when a video of her teenage self dancing to a pop anthem went viral — the actress and Global Pandora Muse found herself drawn to anything creative from a young age.
“My mom owned a boutique when I was growing up, so I had this amazing fashion education from four years old. All these Hollywood actors would come into her store and she would dress them in the coolest pieces,” Thompson remembers.
“She would encourage me to choose my own outfits for school, letting me pick whatever unique combination I was drawn to. She taught me that fashion should be about experimenting and expressing who I am.”
But like many of us, Thompson’s journey to feeling comfortable with her sense of style has been a long and winding one. Here, she shares the style secrets she lives by.
1. RELIABLE BASICS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF A WARDROBE
I used to think I needed a million different T-shirts, dresses, pairs of shoes. Now I’ve realized a few essential pieces are all you need to create a great wardrobe. The secret is the accessories; it’s all about how you create a different moment by adding a belt, a bracelet, a purse, or some colorful sunglasses.
No wardrobe is complete without black, white, and grey T-shirts, a pair of classic blue denim boyfriend jeans, and a pair of comfortable yet fashionable sneakers. I love heels but I’ll always be a sucker for sneakers!
2. STYLE SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT LETTING YOUR PERSONALITY SHINE THROUGH
That’s what my mom always taught me, and it’s what drew me to the Pandora Moments collection. With so many charms to choose from, the collection really encourages me to express what makes me so unique.
I grew up dancing, so my Pandora dancing queen charm holds such a special place in my heart. I’ve just recently started singing, so I wanted to get a microphone charm that would always remind me of what an exciting moment this is in my life. I’m also such a family-orientated person, so my family tree charm is really important to me.
What I like most about the Pandora charm collection is that it can be worn in so many ways. Of course, I love stacking up my bracelet with charms — but I’ve also been experimenting with adding them to my belt, to my earrings, to my keys. It’s such an easy way to have fun with fashion.
3. LOOK FOR STYLE IN UNEXP
I no longer dress to impress others, so I choose outfits that I feel comfortable in and make me feel most like myself. This mentality has helped me to get off the trend cycle, so my style has become more sustainable. Vintage shopping has become part of my routine because I love hunting out these unique pieces that nobody else has. I’ve also started shopping from small businesses I find on social media. I recently got this amazing, hand-knitted crochet jumper from a seller on there. I love how one-of-a-kind it is.
4. FIND A SIGNATURE THAT’LL GO A LONG WAY
A red lip is becoming a real trademark look for me. It started out when I was on modeling shoots as a teenager. Because of my red hair, makeup artists would often do minimal makeup and just a clean, red lipstick look. On days off, I was often too busy to do a full face of makeup myself so I started simply brushing up my brows and adding a bold lip color.
It lifts my mood and makes even the most basic of outfits feel more put together. In fact, when I wear a great red, people don’t even notice my outfit, they just notice the powerful shade I’m wearing. I love that.
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