I was planning to post my November Accountability Update today (see previous updates here), but unfortunately a power failure and a horrible migraine got in the way. So I’ll have to put that post off until next week.
But I didn’t want to leave you with nothing, so here are some useful links on the topic of accessorizing. This edition covers necklaces, belts, and scarves. In a future post, I’ll share some links on additional accessorizing topics.
- “Necklaces and Necklines Revisited” – If you’ve ever been confused about which necklace to pair with a given neckline, this post from “Already Pretty” will help. There are lots of great visuals to illustrate the points, too.
- For more visuals regarding necklaces and necklines, see this post from “The Budget Babe,” this one from “Inside Out Style,” and this one from “Wardrobe Oxygen.”
- “Five Ways to Wear a Statement Necklace” – A links round-up on accessorizing just wouldn’t be complete without something from the Queen of Accessorizing, Bridgette Raes! What’s so great about this post is that the same necklace is used in five different outfits to show just how versatile one accessory can be.
- “How to Wear Belts: 7 Guidelines for the Belt Challenged” – Excellent advice for the belt phobic among us from “You Look Fab” (also see the follow-up post on this topic).
- “Reader Request: Belted!” – This oldie but goodie guest post on “Already Pretty” delves into why to belt and how best to do it. Includes lots of photos to illustrate the key points (some of the looks are dated but the principles are solid).
- “How to Solve the Belting Dilemma for Short-Waisted Women” – If you’re short-waisted like me and struggle with how to wear belts successfully, this advice from Imogen Lamport will help.
- “25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes” – You may have already seen this great video from “Wendy’s Lookbook,” but have you seen the companion videos with full instructions? Check them out: Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4
- “Scarf Knots for Every Neckline” – If you’re like me and have lots of scarves you don’t wear often enough, these wonderful instructional videos from Scarves.net will help (you can also check out their knot library master list). I plan to study them and start using my scarves more!
- “How to Wear Your Scarves in Different Ways: My 9 Ideas” – This creative post from “40+ Style” shows some ways of wearing scarves that I hadn’t thought of before. Who knew you could wear a scarf as a top?
I hope you enjoy this useful links installment. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an “information junkie” (more about that here) with a very extensive bookmark collection. I enjoy sharing the wealth with readers, both in terms of my monthly “Grab Bag” posts, as well as periodic special edition links posts.
If you have any comments or questions on accessorizing (or anything else), please feel free to share. I also welcome additional links and suggestions for future blog posts. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!
Hope you’re feeling better soon, Debbie!
Thanks, Kayla! I already feel much better, but I lost a lot of time with the power failure and the headache. I’m trying to finish my book plus I’m editing someone else’s book, so there’s more to do than usual!
Thanks for the links. One of my project60 discoveries has been that I like high waisted trousers with belts. I’ve always done the opposite, let my top extend to my hips – as a short waisted person, I think I read somewhere to avoid belts and tucked in tops with high waists. Instead of accepting this, I’ve been experimenting and love my new profile, it gives a much more defined and feminine shape. Another plus is that I can really ‘start from scratch’ building a small belt collection, as I have virtually none (unlike everything else)!
Hope you feel better soon.
I’m glad you liked the links, Alice. Interesting about the high-waisted trousers… I’m one of those that avoids tucked-in tops because I’m short-waisted and it never seems to look right. But I think it’s wonderful that you’ve found a tucked look that you like and feel is flattering. I think sometimes we just need to train our eye to like something new. Have fun with your new silhouette and with building a belt collection!
Yes, I was surprised, but sometimes it’s not a bad idea to experiment with breaking ‘rules’; it is partly re-training the eye and what you expect to see in terms of proportion. If I had an email address I’d send you a little photo.
I agree that experimentation is always a good thing and can teach us a lot. I’d love to see a photo. You can email me at debbie at recoveringshopaholic dot com (replace the “at” and the “dot” accordingly – didn’t want to put a link here because of spammers). Congrats on trying new things and finding an alternate style that you like!
Good resources! Getting the right accessories and wearing them to enhance the rest of the outfit is a great way to extend the wearability of a wardrobe. I like to think of accessories as “Hamburger Helper” — the stuff that stretches out the meat to a meal. I’m still working on my scarf techniques. More great scarf tying tricks at Maitai’s Picture Book blog.
Thanks for the suggestion of MaiTai’s Picture Book, Dottie. Lots of great stuff there! Here’s the link for others who might be interested (see the right sidebar for links to scarf ties): http://www.maitaispicturebook.com/
I like your characterization of accessories as a sort of “Hamburger Helper.” That’s very true. I believed in the power of accessories previously, but Bridgette Raes’ blog (and my sessions with her) have really driven the point home. We don’t need as many clothes as we think and are often better served by purchased new accessories rather than new garments.
Exactly! This is why I opt for mostly solid color clothes (where I spend the most $$) and then use accessories to add additional color and punch. Another great scarf-tying resource is the Eileen Fisher’s videos: http://www.eileenfisher.com/EileenFisher/GeneralContent/Video_Archive.jsp
Hope the link works.
Thanks for sharing the Eileen Fisher link (for those who click on it, scroll down to the “How T0” section to see the scarf tying demos). What a great resource! I have bookmarked it for future reference.