Accessories have always been an integral part of my wardrobe. I favor classic basics, so accessories provide the finishing touch and add spice to my combos. The gray sweater here, black jeans here, and black loafers here were my staying at home look for Friday. I added a few accessories before going out the door.
The weather was sunny with temperatures in the high sixties on Friday, so I wore no-show socks. We stopped for a brief stroll around the VA campus’s deserted grounds before going for takeout food.
Shoes should relate to what is next to them if you want to look long and lean. (Nude shoes with bare legs in summer, for example.) If the weather is mild, wearing no-show socks with pants is an up to date look. Black tights provide a slim line all the way to your waist, keep you warm in winter, and are more attractive than bulky socks.
Handbags are a key part of every look, and like the wrong shoes, they can make or break the effect. While I like to use the same (warm or cool) tones in the bag and shoes, I don’t try to match them. Relating the color of your bag to the color of your belt makes sense because you wear them close together. In this case, the bag (similar here) is the color of my plum lipstick here. Lip and nail colors impact your ensemble and should also be considered as part of the color palette.
The bag can serve as a pop of color to look more modern. The four basic handbags would include a casual crossbody or shoulder bag for daily use, a tote bag for travel or day-long errands, a small clutch for evening, and one for elevated daytime use (church, brunch, or business meetings.)
This bag is a great size and shape, and I love the style. However, the bold gold detail kept me from ever carrying it, so I’m giving away this lovely handbag on Thursday. Leave a comment below to enter. The winning comment will be randomly chosen.
Hats add an element of style and mystery, but they also keep the sun off your face or help you stay warm. I started my collection of hats and silk twill scarves while in my twenties. After getting skin cancer on my face a few years ago, I almost always wear a hat while outdoors. A similar hat is here.
My skincare routine is here. Some of the products are now 15% off, so this is a good time to stock up. Similar earrings are here.
Hats with a brim, not more than a couple of inches wide, and a crown that does not rest on the top of my head to flatten my hair are my best choice. Women with roundish faces need some height at the crown, be it a hat or a hairstyle. Bucket style, ballcaps, beanies, and bell-shaped hats are poor choices for me. If you have a long narrow face and are tall and slender, they will look great on you.
Your hat should rest about 1/8 inch above your ears but not touch them. Hat sizers can be used to adjust the size down if your hat is too large. Place the sizer inside the hat under the ribbon if your hat has one.
Ladies do not remove their hats when they go indoors. The exceptions are when your hat is obstructing the view of those seated behind you during performances such as concerts or the theater.
Belts are tricky to wear since I have a thick short waist. I don’t want to draw attention to that area, so I will never use a belt at my waistline without a jacket or open cardigan to cover my back half. I often match the belt’s tone to the shirt’s color to visually elongate.
They are difficult to find, but a low slung hip belt worn with a long top is the most flattering style for women with a short waist. Adding a low belt over a long top suggests a lower waistline and allows the wearer to look taller and more slender.
It is always appropriate to wear a belt that fits the loops of your pants or skirt. If you wear a skinny belt with two-inch loops, the result will always look messy.
If you have a long waist, you can match the tone of the belt to your pants. You can wear skinny belts or wide ones because you have more space to work with.
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