October 27, 2021
As nifty and attractive as this wardrobe is, it’s really the accessories that make it work!
You may remember from last week that when I chose 2 pink garments to add to this wardrobe, I also added these accessories:
Lovely as these are, they will NOT be enough for any normal person!
For years, I’ve been trying to come up with a “Master List of Accessories” that everyone should have; for years, I have not succeeded!
And I think this is okay – accessories are far too personal to be structured in this way. One of my closest friends wear a TON of jewelry – literally at least 10 pieces at any one time. Another of my friends wear earrings – maybe – every now and then. I’m not going to give either of them a list suggesting that they are wearing too much, or too little!
That said, I can make a few suggestions about a few things. Shoes, for example…
I’ve always felt that I could get through just about any period of time in autumn or spring with 4 pairs of shoes: ballet flats, loafers, something sort of athletic shoe-ish, but dressier, and a pair of short boots. Something like this:
Your four may vary, but I think that it makes some sense to consider what your essential shoe wardrobe is, and then plan purchases accordingly. When you know that you only need four (or 3, or 6 – I’m not you!), you can budget to buy the best shoes you can afford. That’s always a good move…
And I routinely use 3 bags – a teeny one for lunching and shopping, a medium-sized one for activities that last longer and might require things like extra face masks, an umbrella, or a small medicine case. And lastly, a good tote bag or backpack is useful maybe only a few times a month, but when you need it, you NEED it!
You will note that I included black leather goods, even though our dark neutral in this wardrobe in navy. Men wear navy suits all the time with black shoes – look at any executive and that’s what you’ll see. If you have the patience to look for navy things, please do it, but don’t feel pressured to do so…
After getting some cool bags and shoes, it’s time to look for more frivolous, mostly decorative accessories. My favorite approach is to take a range of outfits from the wardrobe and accessorize each in turn…
Yes, we have light pink as our primary accent color in this wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t wear a scarf with a touch of bright pink, and some matching earrings! Accessories give you a way to include just about any color that you like in your wardrobe without necessarily buying new clothes…
Similar story here – this heroine likes her plaid scarves, and she can wear any that she wants so long as they look good with navy!
But woman does not live by scarves alone – if you’re wearing ivory, pearls are a natural, flattering and logical choice for jewelry:
Sometimes the very plainest outfit you can imagine is the perfect base for an ornate scarf and some really glorious earrings!
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re wearing too much pink! If you’re happy, they should mind their own business…
Once you’ve got a good assortment of accessories, you probably will be able to add the perfect touch to any outfit in your capsule wardrobe:
Not that there’s anything wrong with another pink scarf!
Our heroine could easily greet the day dressed like this:
I firmly believe that most of us can justify owning at least as many accessories as we have items of clothing – possible quite a bit more!
p.s. Three years ago, one of our most mysterious heroines traveled with a capsule wardrobe of olive and dark rose pink…