Let’s keep going forward with our 2020 Style Goals and discuss experimenting with accessories. An accessory is meant to enhance an outfit and define more specifically our own personal style.
Stylist/designer, Rachel Zoe, is known for her quote, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” The last few days have been about reminding you that we send messages with our wardrobe choices and a new year Is the perfect time to decide what those messages will be. When we control them and repeat them, then we are developing our own unique, personal style.
For some of you who desire to be minimal, reserved, chic, tailored, and classic all of the time (a traditional Audrey Hepburn) your choice of accessories will be smaller and fewer. There is nothing wrong with that…in fact, it is a fabulous style to have.
Also, equally as fabulous are those we want to be known as creative, fun, loud, joyful, and relaxed. These are the Iris Apfel lovers of big accessories. You are the ones who need to remember to look in the mirror and perhaps remove one accessory before going out…in order not to be the loudest in the room.
My style, reflected in the looks today, is one of a strong, chic component with a bit of creative whimsy. I have my minimal days, but they are few and often mean a leadership meeting of some sort is happening.
Anything….and I mean anything, that is additional to your basics and enhances the look is an accessory…. glasses, shoes, hats, scarves, handbags, jewelry, vests, hair clips, our hair style, painted nails…all are accessories. They speak volumes about us just like our clothing and can be used to send the same messages you want to send with your wardrobe selections.
There are some of you that I would like to encourage to experiment this year with accessories you do not normally wear. If you are the minimalist, then strive to have one day a week, where you go beyond. That could mean a colorful printed scarf or wearing two silver bracelets rather than one. You do not have to go uber-big…unless you want to! For the Iris A ladies, strive to have one day a week, with quieter accessories and see how that works for you.
The intention is to have fun with this and to try some new ideas beyond your comfort zone. However, I do understand that I am encouraging you to be true to your style messaging…so also keep that in mind. We can experiment with accessories and still be true to what we want to say about us.
In the last couple of years, I have begun to wear fewer and fewer scarves. I am now wearing more necklaces and smaller bracelets. (In the past I wore the really big ones!). But I am a bit quieter with my choices than I use to be. I like quality accessories and spend time shopping for them in consignment and resale shops…as well as through sales and clearance. Then I do have some pieces which were worth the investment to me. Currently I am transitioning to some smaller bags and shopping for a beautiful cross-body bag. I think overall I have been going smaller with my accessories…but don’t hold me to that…my creative side just might see something big and bold that I want to wear.
I will discuss shoes a little more in the next post!
What are your favorite accessories right now? Are you open to shaking things up a bit? Let’s Talk……Yesterday, the slideshow highlighted Karen’s classic Foundational Five adjectives, so today we are going the opposite direction and selecting items for women like Thérèse. Her adjectives are creative, smart/clever, fun, fearless, and classy with an edge. She also said she likes to be mysterious, interesting and colorful. This was a real challenge…I don’t know that I went mysterious at all! I could throw in a trench coat…….
KEEP SMILING!! (BTW, It is so much fun hearing from you on these adjectives!!)
Now for some accessories!