Friday, January 23, 2009

Fashion Tip Friday: Make Any Outfit Cuter

For those of you who already accessorize, this post probably isn't for you. But for the rest of us...

I hear all the time, "But, how DO you accessorize?" "How do you know?" "Where do you even start?" "I wouldn't know what to buy!" "I'm not sure, so I just wear the same studs all the time." "I just forget the jewelry altogether. I mean, who has time?"

I will address other accessory issues in other posts, but I want to start you off with a simple, simple philosophy: everything looks better with hoops and a bracelet. Everything.

This isn't to mean these are the only accessories in your repertoire, but it's a darn good place to start. I race around just as much as anyone, and 80% of the time I'm not going to go through my jewelry box trying on different things to see what looks perfectly right. But I do have a few different sizes of hoops and a couple different bracelets I can throw on as I'm slipping my feet into my shoes. It takes nothing extra, but adds so much.

A good rule of thumb is to have small, medium, and large hoops in both gold and silver (I only have medium and large in silver, though.) If I'm in my velour pants and hoodie, I go with smaller earrings and a smaller bracelet. If I'm in heels, the larger earrings and chunky cuff. (Unless I'm wearing a chunky necklace, then I stick to the smaller ones so it's not visually too much.) Make sense?

It's really not an overwhelming thing, and you get the hang of it so easily. Plus, hoops look super cute when worn with a hat. (Hats. Yay! We'll address that in another post, too.) They just add that something extra you were thinking your outfit needed, but didn't want to take the time to figure out.

"But, Angela! I don't want to run out and spend a bunch of money on six new sets of earrings and four new bracelets!"

You don't HAVE to!!! Go look in your jewelry box right now. I know you have some bracelets shoved in the back. You don't have to stick with gold or silver, either! I'm just giving you a simple little philosophy that will make things easier. Expand on it!!! Be creative! If you have a bunch of little bracelets, pile them on together for a chunky look!

The next time you're at Ross or TJ's pick up one of those three packs of hoops for a few dollars. You can even spend that extra four bucks on the funky cuff you passed on before because you didn't know what to wear it with. Then on Monday when you're heading out to run errands, throw the medium sized hoops on with your jeans and tee. Slip on that funky cuff. Look in the mirror and you'll see what I mean. You'll initially feel like it's too much... but it's not. You'll feel a little cuter, a little more fun, and there will be an extra spring in your step.

Now it's easy. You'll have your fall back accessories for any outfit, and the guesswork is gone!

Side note: For those of you that have questions, email me with "Fashion Question" in the subject line and I'll attempt to answer it in a post! Some of you have emailed in the past, and I've been remiss in not getting back to you like I've wanted. I'm going to work harder to be diligent at this! Send me your queries and let's see what we can do.

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Susie said...

No comments? I loved this post- looking forward to more, Angela, fashion guru friend.

Doreen said...

I'm really enjoying your posts Angela! I entered in your Starbucks giveaway and since I'm enjoying reading your other postings!! :)I plan on getting some silver hoop earrings eventually. I got my ears pierced about 6 mos ago and they told me to wait a year before getting hoops, dangled earrings. I can't wait! :)