Adding Color to Your Neutral Accessories

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Outfit for the summer heat

Adding Color to Your Neutral Accessories

Even with neutral accessories you can add color to an outfit with a little creativity. That’s been the theme for the week as a request from a reader. Both Lesley and Charlotte approached the idea differently so we could try to cover all of the bases.

Quote of the day: “May you live all the days of your life.” Jonathan Swift

Even if you only have more neutral accessories, you can make them colorful with some DIY ideas. Creativity can be a learned process yet even better than that is the fact we have a ton of resources to give you ideas.
Not only are there many blogs that you can learn from, but also Pinterest, YouTube and just googling the idea will give you information.

There are more than one kind of DIY you could incorporate for the idea of adding color to your neutral accessories.
1– Paint your earrings
2- Add tassels to your necklace
3- Glue buttons (or any colorful items) to your necklace
4– Hang colorful things from your necklace (Lesley used a brooch), but how about multicolored paperclips or wine charms?

The thought of transforming what you already have to something new is good for some pieces in your collection, but obviously not all of them.
If you ask me, I would say to choose:
1-Pieces that you have more than one like it (for example, if you have 2 or 3 silver pendants that are similar, why not decorate one of them?)
2-Something you have that you haven’t worn in years. Even if it was expensive or sentimental, it doesn’t bring you joy just sitting around. Analyze why you don’t wear it, and maybe you can change it up.
3– Something you like yet it’s not a good color/metal for your coloring. Especially since our coloring changes over the years, it’s good to be able to make it complimentary to your complexion.

BTW, jewelry is not all that hard to make yourself with a pair of needle nose pliers and supplies from JoAnns or Amazon. Or so I’ve heard from friends.

Neutral accessories given more color

Skirt: Tobi ~~ Top: from Fashom (try a box here)~~ Shoes: Converse-thrifted ~~ Purse: ~~Hat: Panama Jack-thrifted

Painting your Neutral Accessories

Adding color to neutral accessories

This is not the first time (or I’m sure it won’t be the last) to paint my earrings. In fact it was the subject of discussion on an Instagram post this spring. In the past I’ve painted my earrings so they would show up against my hair color.
What did I use to paint them? Fingernail polish!!

Insider tip: Painting your earrings with fingernail polish works because your earrings don’t rub against your skin much. It could also work for pendants and some necklaces depending on which portion you wanted to paint. For bracelets, you’d be better off using an enamel paint.

With the above earrings, I bought them with the idea I would paint them because they just don’t have much color to them. I decided to try adding dots of different colors all over them.
For the earrings below, I painted the silver metal with a red nailpolish. Silver isn’t as good for my complexion, so I gave it a warmer hue with the red.

Insider tip: The best part of this exercise is if you don’t like it, don’t worry. You can always repaint it with another color. Sometimes fingernail polish remover would work to take it off also.

Colorful fedora

Adding Extras to your Necklace

Now I wanted to get creative with a gold necklace that I’ve had for ages. Even though I wanted to add color to it, I didn’t want to give up the possibility of wearing it plain at a later date. So I created some tassels. If you want to leave the tassels on forever, then it’d be better to have the neck of the tassel be around the necklace for extra support.
However, I wanted to be able to take them off, so I created a cord to attach to the necklace.

Insider tip: If you want to be able to interchange the tassels, it’s better to attach them via a lobster clasp, which are inexpensive and easy to purchase.

Here is a great YouTube video on how to make tassels (not mine). I changed it up by using embroidery thread and wound it around a business card. The first one took about 10 minutes, but after that, they were each an easy 3 minute project.

Accessories in an outfit

The Rest of the Details

Lime green sneakers?? Who knew that they would come in so handy for outfits. One of the things I love about Converse sneakers is the variety of colors. I had been searching for a lilac pair (I thought I would wear those a lot), but found these preloved lime green ones at a boutique this winter.
While these aren’t comfortable walking shoes by themselves, I have learned how to make them work. I wear a pair of my Sheec no show socks for a little extra cushion and then my custom made orthodics for support.

Insider tip: There are orthodics from the stores too. I used to have a pair I purchased in the past that have also helped.

My mini backpack is always a good purse to be hands free. These smaller ones are nice because they aren’t as overwhelming.

Black & Pink

I chose a top that would showcase my not so neutral accessories well. This pink top is from my Fashom box. My stylist chose it for me because it’s lightweight along with having something interesting on the back and the hems. I always think that asymmetrical pieces are so much more flattering. Another plus for this top? I can tuck it in since it’s not bulky.

Insider tip: I recommend for EVERYONE to try a clothing box at least once. Even for someone like me who loves to shop, it’s been a tremendous advantage. I wrote a post about the 3 different companies that I’ve tried. Yes, I’m partial to Fashom, but I believe it’s the communication between you and your stylist that can make or break your experience.

The black skirt is one I tend to wear more in the winter with over the knee boots. Yet with this heat in Arizona, I have become a little more bold with my style. I’ve been wearing shorts and shorter skirts like I’ve never done before blogging.

Keyhole top with neutral accessories

Smooth Back

Ever wondered how I get that smooth back look? And trust me, I am wearing a bra!! It’s all because of my Shapeez bra. The back “band” covers more area and thus doesn’t create a roll of extra skin that otherwise shows up. The three of us wrote a post about these in the past. Now that I’m living in AZ, I wear the shortee ones with no problem.
No, I don’t get any commission on Shapeez. I bet you would love them as much as I do, if you tried them. They are also COMFORTABLE. I don’t feel the need to take off my bra at the end of the day because the pressure is over a larger span.

Add to your neutral accessories

The Artsy Part of Phoenix

Roosevelt Row

We saw SO many wonderful murals in just a two mile block in this area in Phoenix. It’s called Roosevelt Row and it touted as a walkable arts district. In fact, there is an event called First Friday where you can tour galleries, venues and art-related spaces to see a variety of artwork.

After our foray to get some of these murals on camera (and make sure to see some of the others in Lesley’s post and Charlotte’s post), we made our way to breakfast at Matt’s Big Breakfast. This breakfast place has been on Diner, Drive In’s and Dives and was much anticipated by my husband. While it wasn’t the best ever on this day, we are giving grace for the circumstances of the times and will definitely be back.

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what other’s think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?


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