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The Power Of Accessories

The Power Of Accessories

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.

10 Points

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.

11 points

woman wear black hat, plaid scarf and blue jeans

WEARING 11 POINTS – HAT similarCASHMERE SWEATERBELTJEANSBOOTIES similarSHOULDER BAG

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.

8 points

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.

10 points

fashion blogger wearing long blackl sweater and grey outfit

WEARING 10 POINTS

I always have my eye out for a handbag or tote bag in an unusual shape. It adds fun to a totally classic outfit.

9 points

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?

Now let’s go see Cindy at Cindy Hattersley Design and Eugenia at The Age Of Grace so see how they wear their accessories. I know these gals are going to knock this one out of the park!

Thanks for reading ladies and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident and amazing.

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18 Comments

  1. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    October 15, 2020 / 4:57 pm

    What a fun idea! I recently watched Steel Magnolias for the first time in many, many years and the accessories quote jumped right out at me!

  2. Eve
    October 13, 2020 / 3:53 pm

    I think a scarf just adds so much to a look. I really don’t wear bracelets or rings because I don’t like to call attention to my hands which have the blue vien look on the back but I love scarves. Thst pink one with the grey just drapes so beautifully. I love the blue one too. I wonder if the intensity of a color should get a number? Like my hot pink cardigan prob deserves a 2.😊

    • Jennifer
      Author
      October 15, 2020 / 8:27 am

      Probably for the color:)

  3. Mary Ann Pickett
    October 13, 2020 / 1:57 pm

    LOVE you in that hat, Jennifer. And those cool boots! Nice job!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      October 15, 2020 / 8:26 am

      Thanks Mary Ann!

  4. Anon
    October 13, 2020 / 1:25 pm

    The right eyeglasses are worth more than one measly point. Who needs a scarf, earrings, a hat, bright makeup when people only notice your fabulous (but not as fabulous as Dame Edna’s) glasses?

  5. Yvonne
    October 13, 2020 / 12:08 pm

    I’ve never heard of the accessory point system and I would be way under 10 points each day LOL. My style leans towards minimalist. I have a lot of bold, unique items and like to show one piece at a time as the “star”. I love the look of multiple bracelets, but on me, find that too busy – I would wear one large silver cuff bracelet instead.

  6. Susan B
    October 13, 2020 / 10:21 am

    I’ve never heard of the style points system, but think it might be a very useful tool to help with accessorizing.
    I love hats and have found a few I really like because they don’t totally ruin my hair. The one I wear when it’s windy and chilly out is a very light weight beanie that’s easy to tuck into a coat pocket. I found it at my favorite hat store, Roberta’s on Government St in Victoria. They have such an array, from practical to whimsical and are quite affordable.

  7. Lisa
    October 13, 2020 / 10:14 am

    Why is it that women (older, mature women) are tucking in the front part of their shirt? When did this start? I think it draws attention to an already thicker waistline. I feel it is flattering on a younger, thinner lady, but not so much on the older crowd (me included).

    • beth byrd
      October 13, 2020 / 11:45 am

      It’s not a look for everyone, but I don’t think age matters as much as what style looks good on a woman. I think it is a flattering look on Jennifer.

  8. MP
    October 13, 2020 / 9:31 am

    “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” ― Coco Chanel
    This quote works for me. Less is more is my style.

    • Lisa
      October 13, 2020 / 10:15 am

      I agree, less is more!

      • Jan
        October 13, 2020 / 1:28 pm

        I am in total agreement! The “less is more” also applies to decorating my home.

  9. Claudette
    October 13, 2020 / 9:28 am

    What a fun post. I thought the first picture with the blue scarf was stunning and shows how one piece can totally change your look. You really inspire me in how to present myself and I like the point system.

  10. MRSBEN2
    October 13, 2020 / 8:26 am

    Actually its the first time I’ve heard of the ‘accessory style point system’ and like yourself I average between 8 and 12 points. Unfortunately I can never find bracelets that fit (as my wrist is small) so my choice in watches compensate whereas don’t wear earrings as much as I use to as currently more of an obstacle than a fashion statement between having to wear hearing aids, masks (sometimes with a lanyard) and transition eyeglasses (when driving) on top of it, not to mention my hairstyle covers them. For special occasions I do make a point in wearing them though. As to hats; I do love them but only have two for tropical wear whereas particularly for winter in recent years and for street-wear, find myself converting many of my longer rectangular scarves into infinity ones that I can adjust over my head to form a hood if raining, snowing or windy. (Do have a few felt brim ones and a leather one as well.) To sum it up; being in my early seventies I guess I’m travelling lighter now than I use to …. lol! i.e.: No more handled handbags/totes either as only cross body and wristlet ones though plain on the most part but are colorful or embossed. Great article, Jennifer!

    • Robin
      October 13, 2020 / 11:05 am

      I really related to your comments—especially about earrings, hearing aids, and masks! 🙂 Older ladies are just as interested in looking fashionable as younger ladies. We just have to try a little harder to pull it off! 🙂 Which is why I like this blog!

  11. Bea
    October 13, 2020 / 8:04 am

    Oh, I just love the idea of the point system! Thank you! During this awful stay-at-home pandemic, I have almost forgotten about my accessories. I happen to own many interesting and colorful scarves, and you are right – they add pattern, color, and interest to an outfit. Plus handbags and jewelry are terrific accessories too. I am actually going out for an appointment this afternoon, and I will add up my points as I put together today’s outfit. Something fun to think about! Thank you.

  12. Shirley
    October 13, 2020 / 7:18 am

    Wonderful post – great suggestions! Since I wear reading glasses – a lot! – I think that would be considered an accessory for me and I have several that I love! Also – manicured nails and visible pedicure are a staple as well as simple earrings most days – but I do have more “noticeable” earrings for certain times/outfits. I absolutely love hats, but never wear them because of my hair. I consider my hair/hairstyle to be one of my accessories – I have medium short white/silver hair that I believe is one of my best features. I also have a wonderful stylist that gives me a great cut and I love the way it’s styled – once I style it and spray with super hold hairspray I am done for the day! So even though I absolutely love seeing stylish ladies such as yourself rockin’ those awesome hats, I won’t be joining y’all! 🙂 And I LOVE the Steel Magnolias quote! One of my very favorite movies – lots of great quotes from all the ladies in that movie!

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