Wednesday, November 2, 2011


A small portion of my accessories!
Oh Accessories! How I love accessories! I would have to say they are one of my top favorite things in this world!

They can be anything from jewelry, belts, brooches, and purses or handbags. All of these items are important pieces to any wardrobe, and for several good reasons.

Accessories are an instant way to update an old outfit into something new. They make a statement and can define your personal taste and style. They can also be very budget-friendly, if you know where to look. Take advantage of discount stores and consignment shops. You can expand your wardrobe without spending a lot of money.

Here are some key pieces to jazz up any wardrobe:

1. Statement Jewelry:
Statement Ring $4.00 at Walgreens
Statement pieces are now more affordable than ever and bring a real pop to an outfit. Try a large ring, earring, or a necklace to make an unique statement. I also like to stack various bracelets for a different look and to add texture and color.

You can also make your own statement pieces from items you can find at a craft store. Get creative with it. And don't forget to try and go vintage, you will find some amazing deals.

Tip: Do not over crowd your pieces. If you wear large earrings, skip the necklace. Also, if you like large watches, borrow one from a man in your life. It gives you the look with out the cost.

2. Belts ( Wide and Skinny):
A belt around the smallest part of your waist will create a whole new look for an outfit, as well as give a longer and leaner look. Add one to a dress, loose shirt or even a cardigan to give a more fitted, polished look.

Tip: When using belts don't belt something bulky like a thick sweater. It will make you look lumpy!

3. Brooches:
Now I know what you are thinking- Brooches are jewelry! No, they can be used for so much more and they are making a comeback in a big way! They are very versatile and can be worn anywhere.
Here's a small list- jackets, shirts, scarves, as a pendant, on a purse, on a belt and even in the hair. The brooch is amazing, so start digging through grandma's jewelry box!

Latest thrift store finds, Nine West and Kate Spade

4. Purses and Handbags:
These are a huge part of a wardrobe and can be broken down into day and night, formal and non-formal. They come in a huge array of styles and don't have to cost much. Again, take advantage of discount stores and consignment shops. The right purse or handbag, like the right shoe, can make an outfit.

Tip: Your purse or handbag no longer has to match your shoes. A good rule to remember is it doesn't have to match- it goes.

I hope these tips help you choose accessories to incorporate into your wardrobe and update a closet of "nothing to wear". Have fun with it and don't forget to be a little fearless.

And Always
Stay Fabulous

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