The comments section allows me to hear from you, and I always read each one. Jan wrote to say, “I’ve been following you for a while but never commented until now. I must be a slow learner because I finally realize that I don’t need more clothes. I simply need more/different accessories. I’m stuck in a rut with lots of shoes and purses but mostly black. Regardless of what I wear, I look the same.”
Jan also wrote to ask, “Would you please consider posts on how to build a collection of jewelry/scarves/purses/shoes (I realize this would be multiple posts)? Thank you for your blog and for being the voice of reason in a world of fashion blogs where most push the new and trendy.”
Thank you for the great question Jan. I hope this post helps guide those who want to add to or start collecting accessories to fit their needs.
I wore the look above without accessories while relaxing at home today. The soft cotton cardigan, tank top, and comfortable sneakers give the look a relaxed vibe. I thought it might be helpful to style the same garments in a couple of different ways using accessories.
Note that I folded up and then pushed up the sleeves and turned the hemline of the tank under so that it wasn’t so long. Styling your clothes on your body can play tricks with proportion to make them more flattering.
It isn’t necessary to match your handbag with your shoes. The shoes above are metallic pewter, and the bag is gray tweed, but they relate to each other in attitude. Both are dressy rather than relaxed and casual.
Wearing shoes in the same tone as my pants (or my skin) and bringing a bit of attention to the waistline keeps my legs from looking short. Adding a necklace, watch, bracelet, and small stud earrings, finish the look with a bit of polish.
The Dramatic Heart Necklace is here. It comes in two chain style choices and lengths. My necklace is the 22″ short oval-link style. (Use the code SAS10 For $10 off any one item at Beauty in Stone Jewelry.)
The jewelry I wear most often looks like fine jewelry instead of dramatic, colorful costume jewelry. Understated pieces that you can wear to complete various looks without being memorable are the most useful.
Shop for accessories that fit your lifestyle, your personality, and your coloring. For example, your best nude pump will be the color of your skin. Your scarves should include the colors that look best near your face. Your handbags should be large enough to hold all your necessities.
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