Accessories add the finishing touch and personalize looks to make them unique. They also contribute significantly to the attitude of the basic pieces. The same top and pants can be dressy or very casual by the accessories we add. Consider a white shirt with jeans. Add a blazer, heels, stunning earrings, and a fabulous bag to create a look that will take you out to dinner. The same white shirt and jeans with a hoodie and sneakers project a completely different attitude.
The accessories in my collection include structured handbags with minimal hardware or logos, a variety of shoes and boots with a visible arch, simple belts without logos, large square silk scarves, a few high-quality pieces of fashion jewelry, sunglasses, and unembellished hats. I avoid any items with bold or repeating logos and embellishment, as well as trendy colors. I have owned many of them for several years, and I display everything so that it is easy to see. Hats are the exception. I keep them in hatboxes at the top of my closet. You can always take a photo of shoes or hats to tape to the outside of the box.
My lifestyle, the weather where I live, and plan to travel were crucial points to consider as I made well-planned purchases to take me through the next decade. I can wear all the pieces in my current wardrobe in endless combinations. Those elements allow me to put together flattering looks that are comfortable, effortless, and appropriate for any event all year-round.
Maintaining your wardrobe and accessories is as important as making the initial choices. At the end of each season, I turn a critical eye on the things I used or wore most often. If it looks worn, pilled, faded, or a bit too tired or scuffed, it goes in the donate bag. (Goodwill offers a textile recycling program.) The condition of an item becomes more important as I age. A twenty-year-old gal can get away with wearing faded jeans with holes and a worn thin tee. I am not interested in these trends. Wearing worn out, torn, or faded clothing isn’t going to work for me. It will seem that I have been wearing them for twenty years, and they have started to fall apart. It doesn’t have the same effect!
An intangible benefit of owning a well-planned wardrobe is the confidence that comes from knowing you look your best. You can almost walk into your closet, close your eyes, put on a couple of pieces and come out looking great.
The red knit top is by Clara Sunwoo from early spring. The pants are by Lior Paris here. Get 15% off your entire purchase during August with the code Splash. The light fawn bag is here. Similar shoes are here.
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We were on our way to brunch at Café Lola when I wore this look. It was sunny and eighty-nine degrees. I hope this week’s series helped you with tweaking your wardrobe. Have a lovely weekend!