Posts Categorized: accessories

Adding Color to a Neutral Wardrobe

How to add color to a neutral wardrobe
Like many women, I love my neutral-heavy wardrobe for its endless versatility. There really is nothing so reliably chic as a closet full of whites, blacks, grays, and browns – everything goes together, and it all looks modern and clean and classy.

Living in a world of neutrals can get a little too serene and uniform at times. So here are some tips for adding non-threatening non-neutrals to daily wear, even if your base colors are all neutral themselves:

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Red shoes: Why red, you ask? Because red is a bright, vibrant color that plays nicely with ALL neutrals. Also red is a color that is challenging to many women, either because it does nasty things to their complexions or because it is too bold for their tastes. But red shoes will never make anyone look jaundiced, and always add some zip to a subdued outfit without feeling overpowering. I strongly believe that every woman should own one pair of red shoes. read more

Originally posted 2010-06-17 05:32:00.

Building a Classic Accessory Wardrobe

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My stylistic evolution began with clothes, moved on to shoes, and eventually began to encompass accessories. It took me a while to recognize the true power of jewelry, belts, scarves, and other embellishments to add personality, flair, and interest to an outfit.

But now that I’ve seen the light, I worship at the Accessory Altar. I know now that creative accessorization can save a drab outfit from hopelessness, and elevate a good outfit to greatness. I know that accessories can add texture to the bland, sparkle to the dull, and definition to the formless. I know that accessories MAKE an outfit. read more

Originally posted 2008-11-28 07:26:00.

Reader Request: Hats Off to You

How to pick a hat

Lovely Bianca e-mailed me with this question:

Is there a way to find the perfect hat for your lovely head? I mean, are there right hat shapes for face shapes?

OK, I’ll admit to having to do some research on this one. I mean, I knew the answer: Yes, certain hat shapes work well for certain face and head shapes. But how does one go about determining WHICH hat shape for WHICH face? Here’s what I found out:

First consider your body shape and type. Like any garment or accessory, hats affect how your entire person will appear, not just your noggin. So you petite gals may want to avoid enormous, wide-brimmed hats or anything truly oversized that could overpower you. You’ll do better with a small brim and low crown. Tall ladies may want to avoid anything overly narrow, pointy, or high since they will just add to your natural height. You can sport the wide brim that petites avoid, and try a shorter crown. Plus-sized gals may want to embrace full-brimmed hats since they add balance to a curvy figure. read more

Originally posted 2009-08-05 05:47:00.