Do you ever notice how some women have a style that appears effortless? Truth is the reason they look so fabulous is that they have learned how to accessorize. It does take a little creativity and practice to master the art. Think of it like you are accessorizing your home. Any basic outfit can be totally transformed with the help of a few key accessories. I have gotten better about it over the years, but I am far from an expert. ,Today I am joining Sandra from Apart from my Art, and Elizabeth from the Vintage Contessa to talk about the value of accessories. I am going to show you how to style one dress five ways.
If you have been reading this blog long you know I am all about layers. I love texture and tend to be drawn to more textural accessories, especially in the summer. I love vintage jewelry and I like to mix my pieces up with some natural elements. In the summer I tend to favor linen separates that I can accessorize minimally.
I don’t normally wear sleeveless (note arms behind back) but this Tandem shift dress I found on sale at An Be in Paso Robles. Miraculously it is pretty flattering. For a casual look, I am wearing it with a Paula Carvalho (love her stuff) necklace (you can find her on Instagram @paula_carvalho_designs) simple sandals, capri leggings, and a pair of complementary earrings (vintage). I will try to link to similar things after each pic. This dress would look great alone if you have nice legs.
Next, I added a white linen shirt from J Crew (I have this shirt in almost every color imaginable) and just tied the ends. I styled it with a Love Heals necklace (an anniversary gift from Steve) and vintage coin earrings, silver bangles (I have a group of these that I have collected over the years), a wrap bracelet, simple gray leggings, and gray flip flops,
The third incarnation involved adding a shawl (from Tancredit & Morgen in Carmel Valley), white leggings, the Paula Carvalho necklace & earrings from the first group. Remember it is summer keep it light and simple.
Next, I added my trusty Gap jean jacket, sneakers, a Madewell bandana (love these for summer), and a simple pair of Native American cross earrings.
Some of my takeaways. I almost always wear silver as it looks best with my hair. Most of my earrings, bracelets, and necklaces have similar finishes so they can be mixed and matched. You might want to read my friend Brenda Kinsel’s article about how to build a beauty bundle. Keep summer accessories to a minimum. Heavy scarves and weighty jewelry don’t work for summer. When you are accessorizing an outfit consider these five tips.
# 1 COMPLIMENT YOUR OUTFIT BY REPEATING COLORS OR PATTERNS
#2 IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF PATTERN OR PRINT KEEP ACCESSORIES SIMPLE
Here my necklace repeats the color in my tunic
Note Elizabeth wore simple earrings with this bold print
#3 USE PROPORTION APPROPRIATE ACCESSORIES THAT SUIT YOUR FRAME
Elizabeth is tall. She can pull off bold patterns and accessories
I am anything but tall if I wear large scale accessories they look like they are wearing me
#4 DON’T BE AFRAID TO ALTER OR REDESIGN AND ACCESSORY
A scarf can be tied at your wrist or on your handbag instead of at your neck.
Here I wrapped and looped a long necklace to make it work at the neck of a shirt
#5 HAVE FUN BE CREATIVE AND LET YOUR ACCESSORIES EXPRESS YOUR PERSONALITY
Sandra is an artist and she expresses her ebullient artistic personality in her accessories
My friend Brenda has a great article on How to Build a Beauty Bundle