Well hello there! I took off a few days from work for a much needed break. But I’m glad to be back here today with a little more enthusiasm and energy. Taking off time from the blog always makes me a little scared that my readers won’t be here when I return, so I’m very thankful that you’ve showed up here today. I’m sharing our sixth style formula in our Oh So Pulled Together style mini series, Accessorize to Maximize.
Seven Simple Style Formulas
In case you’re new here, let me catch you up to speed. We’re continuing a style series I’ve titled Oh So Pulled Together. More than any other question, I’m frequently asked to share tips for creating stylish outfits. So I decided to create this little style series and really hone in on how to put together outfits that make you feel and look Oh So Pulled Together. You can check out all the post in this series here.
Within the series I’m sharing 7 simple style formulas. So far we’ve looked at:
- Style Formula #1: Top This!
- Style Formula #2: One & Done!
- Style Formula #3: Shoes On, Show Off!
- Style Formula #4: Layer It On!
- Style Formula #5: Bottoms Up!
Accessorize to Maximize
Today’s formula is another simple one that we sometimes over complicate. Here’s the formula:
(Simple Garments + Clean Lines) x Carefully Chosen Accessories = Maximized Style
To illustrate today’s style formula I purposefully selected very classic and pared down garments. I wanted us to see that, while I generally accessorize all of my outfits to some degree, this outfit is really “maximized” by the accessories. In fact, without the subtle touches from the accessories, this sweater and pants could be a little boring.
By the way, my lovely tortoiseshell sweater is from Talbots. And they’re offering 30% off your entire purchase right now. They recently got in more new fall and winter things. So today is a great time to check them out.
But I also intentionally completed this pared down look with just a few very simple accessories. My next goal was to remind us that a little goes a long ways when it comes to accessorizing.
In fact, if we err with accessories it’s usually by doing too much, adding too much. When in doubt, scale back.
There are a multitude of ways that you could have accessorized this black pants and tortoiseshell brown cashmere sweater duo. There’s no one right way to accessorize an outfit for maximum results. In fact, adding accessories is your prime opportunity to showcase your personal style. For instance, if you’re more of a feminine, romantic, you might swap out my tortoiseshell chain necklace for pearls and my brown hobo bag for a flirty lady purse with a top handle.
I chose to wear my black suede block heel sandals because I like the modern vibe they bring to this otherwise very traditional outfit. (These Vionic heels are also very comfortable! And they’re available in wine red, dark blue and taupe, too.) But you could accessorize with classic pumps, sporty loafers, feminine ballet flats or even edgy moto boots.
Notice that my black suede block heels also feature a tortoiseshell strap that ties into the rest of my outfit. It’s little touches like these that make an outfit interesting and memorable.
I chose to create a very pared down two-tone outfit by wearing a tortoiseshell necklace (somewhat similar) and keeping my other accessories in the same colors as my pants and sweater. And I decided to let my necklace be “enough,” so I simply wore classic gold hoop earrings and left off a bracelet completely. That last intentional choice actually took discipline because I almost always wear a bracelet…or two or three!
On the other hand, when I originally planned this outfit, I had picked out this tortoiseshell statement necklace to wear with it. Unfortunately it didn’t arrive in time. But it’s here now, and I do plan to wear it with this simple but elegant outfit some.
Yes, sometimes I wear more accessories and other times I choose louder accessories. But I’ve discovered that when I wear fewer accessories and keep them a little quieter, I shine more. My jewelry, handbag, shoes and other accessories (such as belt, scarf, sunglasses or hair accessories) contribute to a more aesthetically cohesive and chic look when I keep it simple and resist the urge to over-do it.
Besides showcasing a little of your personal style, accessories simply communicate effort. And a little effort reads as “oh so chic.” But remember that a lot of effort reads as “trying too hard.” So indeed there is a fine line between accessorizing tastefully and beautifully and over-doing it.
I’ve found that accessorizing is one of those things that just takes a little practice. And it’s also a matter of personal preference. So wear what makes you feel good, what makes you feel beautiful.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I certainly enjoyed having you here. Thanks so much for taking a few minutes to stop by. Have a blessed and lovely day!
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Blessed for My Day
Jesus calls us to worship God in spirit and in truth. To worship Him in spirit we must have a spiritual birth. Only those who are born again can truly worship God fully. And to worship God in truth we must both worship Him as the true God that He is and worship Him truthfully, being transparent with Him.
Let’s think primarily about worshipping the true God. We must ask ourselves if we are worshipping a god we have created. How can we prevent that? The best way to make sure we’re worshipping the true God and not a god of our imagination is to consistently spend time in His Word, asking Him to reveal Himself as we read.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” ~ John 4:23-24