A long time ago, I read somewhere that a woman should spend 30% of her clothing budget on accessories.
I thought that sounded ridiculous. Because accessories are optional, right?
That was 10 years ago, and I’m finally learning the whys and hows of accessorizing.
Why I’m learning to love (and wear) accessories.
Accessories make outfits look complete. When you’re accessorized, it looks like you tried. That’s a good thing.
Accessories are great for minimalists. Accessories let you get by with a small wardrobe, because you can easily change the look and feel of an outfit with the extras: dressy or casual, playful or sophisticated.
Accessories are easy to shop for. Finding clothes that fit your body can be tough. Accessories are easier to find, more likely to fit well, and a lot more fun to shop for than the right pair of jeans.
If accessories are so great, what keeps me from wearing them?
I don’t make the effort. Accessories are the finishing touches–they’re usually the last thing you do when you’re getting dressed. They’re so easy to skip if I’m not committed to making the effort.
I forget. Before I had a system for storing my accessories, they were often out of sight and out of mind.
Solution: Put them where you can see them!
My jewelry had become a tangled mess, so it was very hard to find what I wanted in the morning. (I threw out my old broken jewelry box last year before I had a replacement. Big mistake!)
Now my jewelry is where I can see it: my necklaces and dangly earrings are hanging by my closet wall at eye level, and my studs and bracelets are in the cute little egg crate on my dresser. It’s impossible to forget!
Bonus: the clutter is gone, and that always makes me feel better.
How often do you wear accessories? What are your favorites?