Update and personalise your look
One of the quickest and most inexpensive ways to update and personalise your look is with accessories. A plain white shirt looks very different when worn with a strand of simple pearls, a chunky necklace of ethnic wooden beads, with glass beads in different colours or with different coloured scarves. The combinations are almost endless even though you’re still just accessorising one basic item of clothing.
Expand your wardrobe
The look of any of the basic pieces from your Core Wardrobe Plan (see April article) such as a khaki, cream or brown T-shirt can be changed by the addition of scarves, cardigans, jackets or necklaces in different colours. And, as you now know, you can wear almost any bright colour with these neutral shades – so try adding red, pink, rust, yellow, green, blue, navy, turquoise, violet or fuchsia in scarves or necklaces to these basics and you will be expanding your wardrobe easily and with great effect.
Accessories are widely available and, when you really start looking consciously, you’ll find that you’re spoilt for choice! Almost all clothing stores have a range of accessories and there are many interesting stores that stock accessories exclusively. Once you’ve gathered the main clothing items of your Core Wardobe Plan, and played and experimented with them to see which combinations you can put together, you’ll know more what you’re looking for and it will be easier for you to choose from the huge variety of accessories on offer.
Remember your True Self Style Words©
Most of us are shopping in the familiar chain-stores for basic items of clothing, so we all have similar shirts, tops, trousers and jackets in the classic colours in our wardrobes. How we personalise these basic pieces and make them our own is where accessories and the True Self Style Words© (see February article) come in. Your True Self Style Words© give you more clarity about yourself and your individual personality, so it’s that much easier to know which accessories will express this. Keep a look-out for pieces that resonate to your personality, lifestyle and your individual design proportions.
For example, if you’re delicate of form, choose delicate accessories that don’t overwhelm you such as light chains, bracelets, rings and/or earrings, but if you’re larger and more dramatic, choose accessories which reflect this. Keep everything in harmony with what you know about yourself.
Your accessories should also be appropriate for your lifestyle and surroundings so avoid wearing noisy, jangly jewellery if you’re in a crowded office as it can be distracting for others while you work on your computer, answer your phone and move around. I remembered this recently when I was conducting a workshop and I noticed that the two wooden bangles I was wearing knocked together every time I moved my arm, irritating me and, I’m sure, the delegates in the room. I removed one of them and it was quieter!
Less is more
Unless your True Self Style Words include Extravagant, Dramatic, Flashy or Diva (in which case the following doesn’t apply to you that much!), it’s usually true that ‘less is more’. I have some much-loved earrings which are so over-the-top that I can only wear them with neutral clothes that don’t compete with them! If you’re wearing a large ‘statement’ necklace, you may not need dramatic earrings as well, though a large bracelet may work, as it is further away. A silk flower pinned to your jacket or shirt will usually make a sufficient statement so that you don’t need a showpiece necklace or big earrings too.
Seeing what you have
Accessories are the finishing touches so use them to express your mood. If you have space, put them out where you can see them as it’s easier to create new combinations in your outfits when you can see what you have. Hang belts on tie racks and try putting hooks into a pin-board to hang up your necklaces, earrings and scarves. Look for original ways to display your accessories such as colourful scarves hung over a ladder or bracelets and rings hanging from a mug stand.
In this way, you’ll be more likely to wear your accessories – it’s really worth it.
Extracts taken from Reclaiming Beauty – Look Like Your True Self.
Contact Glynis for workshops, seminars or individual sessions on 082 551 4985.