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.
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
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.