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The Power of Accessories

Today Jennifer and I are happy to be joined by our friend Eugenia from The Age of Grace on the Over 50 Fashion Edit. We are talking about the importance of accessories. Let’s face it accessories are your best friend after 50 (or in my case after 60). They can detract attention from your most unflattering parts, highlight your strong features, and add color to light up your face. They can add interest to a simple ensemble,  extend the life of your wardrobe and add personality to it  The key to successful accessorizing is finding accessories that emphasize your personal style, taste, and preferences. Let’s talk about the Power of Accessories and how they can amp up your wardrobe.

THE POWER OF ACCESSORIES a well styled life, cindy hattersley, age of grace


For simplicity’s sake let’s divide up our accessories into four simple categories


Of course, we all need our basic shoes but statement shoes can elevate your style and express your personality.  Choose comfortable ones or you will never wear them!


It doesn’t need to be expensive costume jewelry is fine, or invest in a few vintage pieces that you can enjoy forever.


If you have a few in different patterns and sizes they can add color, pattern or texture to your look.


Scarves and belts can add color, texture, and pattern, and hats can add warmth, or provide shade in the summer as well as adding personality.

I took a simple outfit, an oversized Free People Cashmere Sweater, and my favorite Spanx faux leather leggings and styled them six different ways. I love accessories.  I love collecting pieces on my travels, and on Ebay, Etsy and small boutiques.  Most of my accessories have been gathered over time. Many of my silver bracelets I have had for years, but it is fun to pick up one while traveling as a remembrance.

My accessories roughly fall into three categories, a group of American Indian items that I have collected over the years, vintage sterling silver, and vintage bone and faux tortoise. They are all easy to find on Ebay and Etsy.

Fashion Over 50 Blogger Cindy Hattersley how to style one outfit six ways

Let’s take a look at each outfit beginning with the top left in the above graphic. This look features a scarf that I purchased last year, similar linked below, my favorite spanx faux leather leggings, free people cashmere, and a necklace that my daughter gifted me and an American Indian cross pendant.

Fashion Over 50 Blogger Cindy Hattersley how to style one outfit six ways

I am wearing the same column of black, a scarf, a group of silver bangles, silver hoop earrings, and comfy velvet birdies.  All items linked below picture that are available.

cindy hattersley in velvet birdies, spanx, and free people cashmere

Here I added my rag and bone crossbody (purchased on Ebay last year), tortoise earrings, bone bangles and the Madewell Remy Mules.

cindy hattersley in black free people cashmere and rag and bone crossbody bag c

A crisp white shirt from chicos is added to the column of black with vintage rhinestone accessories I have collected over the years.

cindy hattersley in free people cashmere and chicos white shirt

Here I am wearing the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings with the Free People Cashmere sweater, a leopard scarf,  bone bracelets, and tortoise hoop earrings

cindy hattersley in black cashmere and leopard scarf

This last look you saw in our Fall Fashion Trends Post here.  

cindy hattersley in free people cashmere, spanx faux leather leggings and artemis mules

Don’t be afraid to shop Ebay and Etsy for interesting accessories.  If you are patient you can get good deals.  I am planning a post on how to shop Ebay and Etsy soon. If you need ideas on how to accessorize you might enjoy the links below.  You might also enjoy my interview back in 2018 with Eugenia on Ageless Style here

Masterclass How to Use Accessories

Vogue Fall 2020 most important fashion accessories

Style on the Side Why Accessories are Important

A Quick Guide to Accessorize like a Stylist

I hope you enjoyed The Power of Accessories Fashion Over 50.  Do you have some favorite accessories that are your go-to;s?  Please share. Now pop over and visit Jennifer and Eugenia for some more fun. I hope you will join Jennifer and me each month for our monthly over 50 fashion edit.  





The Monthly Fashion over 50 Edit with A well style d Life and Cindy Hattersley


Reader Interactions


  1. Karen B. says

    You’ve become a natural at modeling. I love all of the accessories and outfits you’re wearing. I definitely believe accessories are key to completing an outfit. There used to be a shop by the name of Backstreet that taught their sales people to encourage clients to complete their looks with the beautiful line of accessories the shop sold. It stuck with me and I try to remember to accessorize each outfit.
    Thank you for always providing great style that inspires me to do my best when dressing.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Karen

      Thank you for always being so supportive. I so appreciate it. Sounds like Backstreet was a great place!

  2. Ginger says

    Love your creative use of accessories! You look fabulous in all of them! Like others, I really like your cool shoes.

  3. Francesca B. says

    Love it all thank you for the ideas Cindy. The Birdies and the tapestry shoes are on my christmas list and I love the way you wrap your scarf, i will have to try that!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Francesca
      The birdies truly are like wearing slippers. I love the new woven version. I can’t wear uncomfortable shoes anymore so they are my go to for comfort. I find the artemis sliedes to be comfortable also. They are wide enough to accommodate my bunions. I would love to have another pair I have to confess!!

  4. Nancy Brantley says

    You look great in anything you wear!! I love your style because it don’t look like an old style….very chic young looking! As other comments your smile is pretty with your natural hair. I love the length of your hair also.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Nancy

      Thank you so much. There is a fine line between looking current without looking like we are trying to hard, right?

  5. KaRen says

    Another thought from me. I love to stack bangles and have collected many over the years. I find that at my age, if they pinch or bump me, the can leave an awful purple bruise. Another unforeseen consequence of my collected years.😕

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Karen

      For some reason my skin is not sensitive. I am sure that will come. I certainly have many other age-related issues just not that one yet!!

  6. Sarahlondonstyle says

    What a great post. I love the way you curate and collate your accessories, mindfully over time. This makes your look so you and how wonderful that is 😊
    Sarah x

  7. Rita says

    I loved this post. Please show us more posts on your accessories, how to stack bracelets and close ups of some of your favorite pieces and why you chose them. Your look is so unique and not cookie cutter which is so refreshing. Thank you very much!!

  8. Dianne🇨🇦 says

    I love this….showing what one outfit can be changed so much with accessories.
    My fave is the white shirt & rhinestones!
    I am beginning to want to hide my neck as I age(almost75)
    I agree , your smile is the winning accessory

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Rita

      thank you so much. I still have a toothy childhood smile from my childhood. I have a collection of rhinestone accessories that have been purchased on Ebay and Etsy. When my daughter got married we put a vintage rhinestone pin on each bridesmaids bouquet.

  9. Karen says

    All of the looks are winners! I am coveting the animal print scarf that you show because it is in light colors but I guess no longer available.
    Could you please comment of how the Spanx faux leather pants fit? Would you say they run TTS?
    I agree with Gayle that you have a great smile and I love how you rock a darker lip.

  10. Heidi says

    Hi Cindy,
    You always look fabulous, and I think your clever use of accessories is what sets you apart from others. I’ve admired your style and it’s fun to see where you purchase items, and to read your tips and insights.
    XO Heidi

  11. Dora Renata Pala says

    Buonasera Cindy
    Nota dolorosa parlare di accessori due giorni fa ho perso un foulard Hermes che era appartenuto alla mia mamma, quindi doppio dispiacere. Sei deliziosa in tutte le foto, mi piace particolarmente la numero tre. Personalmente non saprei quale accessorio considero il mio favorito, dipende da cosa indossi, e che cosa può completarla nel migliore dei modi. Un abbraccio.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Dora
      So sorry to hear about the Hermes jacket. That is terrible! Thanks for weighing in. Have a great day!

  12. Gayle Miller says

    Cindy, all looks are flattering and interesting, but your best accessory is your wonderful smile. It just makes me happy to see you smiling!

  13. Nancy O. says

    Great looks, Cindy! My favorite all time accessory is a pair of red shoes. I turned 70 in August and have had red shoes for 65 of those years. There are currently 4 pairs in my closet. Scarves are a close second, but I haven’t been wearing them as long. 🙂

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Nancy I can’t tell you how may times I have searched for a great pair of red shoes that are comfortable and stylish! I love that!

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