Accessories are the one category in my wardrobe that survives my closet cleanouts and wardrobe purging. They’re the easiest way to make a unique statement with our style and allow us to stretch our wardrobe. They can also make the difference between being over or under-dressed. Today I have a style point system for accessories that you might find fun.
This month, Cindy and I are joined by the always stylish, Eugenia, to share our accessorizing style.
“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” ~ Clairee Belcher, played by Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias
Style Point System
I found several point systems on the web so I’m not sure where it originated. You may find it a fun way to put your outfits together. Start with one point for each garment you have on then add:
- Shoes = 1 point
- Handbag = 1 point. In a bold color =2 points. If it has metal details = 3 points
- Hat = 1 point
- Scarf = 1 point
- Manicured nails = 1 point
- Red lipstick = 1 point
- Belt = 1 point
- Eyeglasses = 1 point
- Earrings = 1 point
- Necklace = 1 point. Statement necklace = 2-3 points depending on size
- Watch = 1 point
- Bracelet = 1 point each unless large, then 2 points
- Rings = 1 point each
- Makeup on = 1 point
- Dramatic eye makeup = 1 point
- Visible pedicure color – 1 point
As mentioned, there are varying “rules” about this system saying that if your outfit has over 16 points you are over-accessorized and if you’re under 6, you’re practically naked. Most of my outfits fall somewhere in the middle.
One of my favorite accessories is a hat. Many women aren’t confident wearing hats, but they protect my skin from the sun and add a pow factor to my outfits. I do wear them more often in the summer, but winter hats are just as fun. Most hats look best when placed straight across your forehead. Tipping them back off your face is a popular look these days but I’ve always looked goofy wearing them that way.
I hesitate to say a scarf is my favorite accessory, but it’s pretty close. They have saved many a vacation by allowing me to make the same outfit look different and are a great way to add color or pattern to an otherwise neutral outfit. I love to hold them in place with a pin that adds another level of interest to the outfit.
Most of us have some favorite jewelry so it’s fun to switch up how we wear it. Mix your metals and break up your collections. Wearing all gold or silver used to be the thing, but not anymore. I have several sets of earrings and necklaces but seldom wear them together. Matchy, matchy sets feel dated and that’s the not a look I’m going for.
I always have my eye out for a handbag or tote bag in an unusual shape. It adds fun to a totally classic outfit.
I almost never wear patterned garments but I’m a big fan of patterned footwear. Leopard, cheetah, zebra you name it. It adds a dash of fun to simple outfits.
Have you tried a style point system for your outfits?
Thanks for reading ladies and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident and amazing.