Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Accessorize: Our Ability That Separates Us From the Animals

"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize." Clairee Belcher

This is one of my favorite lines from one of my all-time favorite movies, Steel Magnolias. Accessories are to clothes what exclamation marks are to a line of prose, what ribbon is to gift wrapping, what sprinkles are to a cupcake.  Without them, an outfit looks and feels incomplete.

Accessories can include numerous items:
  • Hats
  • Glasses
  • Scarves
  • Ties
  • Jewelry
  • Bags
  • Belts
  • Hosiery/Socks
  • Shoes/Boots
There is so much one can do with such an array of items, but I find when doing wardrobe styling, some of my clients don't possess a natural ability to accessorize.

I love teaching people how to get creative with accessories, and have included several ideas here on how to start accessorizing like a pro!

1.  Look at examples of accessories and the many ways they are used to complete outfits on my Pinterest boards "My Style Recommendations" and "For The Guys".  You'll also find examples from the simple to the ornate and outrageous in my "Accessories" Pinterest board.

2.  Check out what accessories are hot for this coming spring.  (Source:
Document Clutch
Reworked Cowgirl Boot
Luxe Cuff
3.  Learn how to accessorize outfits that flatter your body type in this spring's Dress Your Best workshop.  At this year's workshop, we are doing an Accessory SWAP!  You are invited to bring a like-new or gently-used accessory you no longer wear to trade for another accessory from other workshop participants.

Once you start playing around with accessories, you'll get the hang of it.  Have fun with it and don't worry about trying to match everything!

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