Whimsical: Lulu Frost Traveler Pin

Little Pin, Little Scarf, Little Belt

 
Have you ever gotten dressed and realized that while you look totally presentable — perhaps even good — you look a little dull? If the fundamentals are sound, you probably need just a little something to make the outfit really work. That something is often a belt, a pin or a small scarf around your neck. With a little experimenting (trying a few accessories on), you’ll figure out what is needed.

Finished with a brooch

Finished with a brooch

Vastly better with a belt

Vastly better with a belt

Enhanced with a scarf

Enhanced with a scarf

Unfortunately, it’s very hard to predict when, exactly, you will look in the mirror and say, “Quelle dommage, my dullness.” Therefore, you may want to lay in a few supplies — think of it as assembling a prop box — to have on hand. The particulars may vary if you have a definitive style (e.g., minimalist, classic, whimsical), but most of us combine elements of different styles, so here’s what I would recommend.

Four Brooches: a sparkly pin, a natural or organic-looking pin (natural stone or wood), a precious metal pin (silver or gold), and perhaps a slightly whimsical pin

Sparkly Vintage: Hattie Carnegie on eBay

Sparkly Vintage: Hattie Carnegie Brooch on ebay

Sparkly, Oscar de la Renta Pave Flower Brooch

Sparkly, Oscar de la Renta Pave Flower Brooch

Organic: Seugli Kwon Broken Night from Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h

Organic: Seugli Kwon Broken Night from Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h

Precious Metal: ____ from Galerie Noel Guyomarch

Metal: Kye-Yeon Son Innate Gesture from Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h

Whimsical: Lulu Frost Traveler Pin

Whimsical: Lulu Frost Traveler Pin

Whimsical: Post-modern Cameo by ____ Galerie Noel Guyomarch

Whimsical: Post-modern Cameo? Tore Svensson Mr. T from Galerie Noel Guyomarch

Oscar de la Renta Wire Rose Brooch

Metal: Oscar de la Renta Wire Rose Brooch

Five Belts: a narrow black belt in shiny calf or patent leather; a wide black belt, in shiny calf or possibly suede; two skinny belts in bright colors; an animal print belt

Four Little Scarves (18-24″ square): a black and white geometric or abstract print; a traditional leopard print (caramel and chocolate browns); a couple of scarves (abstract, floral or geometic patterns) in colors that you like to wear — which for me would be green and yellow. You may remember that my favorite sources for scarves are my mother’s scarf drawer and eBay.

I am theorizing here, but I think a collection of accessories along these lines ought to cover all but the most unforeseeable needs. Let me know what you think.

Now, don’t go out and try to find all of this in one day! These are items to be picked up over time and that should only be purchased when you find something that you love — except for the skinny belts, which are not really capable of inspiring love, but are extremely useful and therefore should be obtained expeditiously.

9 thoughts on “Little Pin, Little Scarf, Little Belt

  1. Great must haves for a quick turnaround. I find cuff bracelets to be easy, not noisy and a good accessory too. They say a lot with color, texture, and even size. Kate

  2. Great advice, Victoria, and I also agree with Kate. Cuff bracelets are easy, distinctive accessories that can brighten up a look immediately. And. they come in a wide variety of styles, widths, etc.
    This is my first time commenting, although I have thoroughly enjoyed each entry along the way. A little bird that is close to you recommended your blog, and I have been hooked ever since! Thanks for the time put into giving great advice and lovely visuals along the way to guide us.

    • Hi Eva — I am so delighted that you have been enjoying the blog! Thank you for visiting, and for commenting. I am deeply curious about the little bird — can you identify her (him?) by initials?

  3. Definitely agree on brooches (and bracelets addressed in an earlier post), but the accessory I like the most is earrings. They add sparkle and/or color to my face, which is older than yours :-) , and with pierced ears I needn’t worry about losing one. I wish I could still wear little belts, but sadly, not any more. They look great on you!

    • Susan — You are correct about earrings. I don’t have pierced ears, but I do admire other women’s taste in this particular area, particularly when their taste is sparkly.

  4. Great suggestions. The belts don’t work for me but they look great on you. I too love bracelets of all types and colors, have been collecting them for a while. I have tons of scarves and they do dress up or enhance an outfit. I also have a collection of pierced earrings.
    I have a question if you don’t mind or perhaps you answered in another posting. Are your curls natural? You have lovely hair. Have a great day and keep on inspiring us!

    • Hi Sheila — My curls, such as they are, are natural. My hair is more wavy than curly, but when it’s cut short with layers, it curls. Thank you for the compliment and for reading and commenting!

  5. I think accessories will be the final touch that usually personalises the entire look.
    I had forgotten to wear my brooches and today I am wearing four of them on my lapel.

But what do you think?