When I meet with clients for a Wardrobe Revival, I never forget to include jewelry, scarves and belts in the outfits we create in their closets. I am a big believer in the idea that a great accessory (or two or three) can turn a plain outfit into something really special. Just because I believe it, though, doesn't mean that I practice what I preach. It seems like accessories are always the last thing I think about when I'm getting dressed, which usually means that I skip them altogether in order to avoid running late. The necklace that would have made my outfit look super-sharp is just sitting, unused, on my dresser. Do you do this? How can we stop this madness? Here are my thoughts.
|Aldo Taylory Necklace|
Plan Ahead. One way to avoid this situation is to plan your outfits for the week each Sunday night, accessories and all. Write it down, take pictures, hang it all up somewhere -- whatever works for you. If that seems a little extreme, perhaps just planning your outfit the night before is a more reasonable goal. Both are good ways to save time in the morning and to make good use of those beautiful baubles that caught your eye enough to purchase. I vow to plan ahead this fall, but I'm going to take it a step further.
|Vera Bradley Silk Scarf|
Don't Double Dip. I have a couple of bracelets that seem to go with everything, and so I wear them with everything. I pledge to wear an accessory only one time per week, which will force me to wear some of the lovely pieces that are currently just taking up space. But, wait! There's more.
|Diana Shye Jewelry Copper Bracelet|
Accessorize First. At least twice a week, I am going to plan my outfit around an accessory. I will choose a necklace (or scarf, or bracelet, or hat, or belt), and then I will plan my clothes to compliment the accessory. This is something I've never tried, but it sounds like fun. And finally...
No, just kidding. That's it. Those 3 things. Do you have any tips for accessorizing? Will you try these tips? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
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