Change Up with your Accessories

Change up an accessory for 3 generations

Change Up with your Accessories 

Quote of the day: “When you surround yourself with smart people, they challenge you to think harder and in entirely different ways.” Marissa Mayer

Trying to change up the way an accessory item is used, can take some real brain work. There are times that I see some other bloggers talking about using an accessory in an unique way, and I think, “why didn’t I think of that?” You know, it’s that V-8 moment? That’s why I thought this quote was so appropriate for this theme.

Today we are taking one accessory, and making it work for a totally different use. I’d love to hear if you’ve ever have done this with your accessories.

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Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I came upon this belt after my cousin gave me a couple of her dresses she was purging.

You can see the dress when I wore it for an Instagram post. Click on the small arrow on the right side of the photo so you can then see a better closeup of the dress. When I originally wore this dress, I replaced the belt that it came with, with a brown one. But as I was replacing this matching belt on the hanger, it reminded me of a skinny scarf, so I came up with the idea to wear it as a scarf.

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The skinny scarf may not be your favorite version of scarves, but they can be just as versatile. The three of us experimented with this style last winter. And if you don’t feel the need to buy this type of scarf, then you might check some of your clothing items, for matching belts to use as  a scarf.

I was going to keep the look relatively simple with jeans & a top.

Of course that’s like asking my husband not to eat bread, LOL! But I ended up adding the vest as another layer. I am one of those women that love vests of all kinds. I’ve been wearing a utility vest quite a bit this month. But I also love the longer vests  as I feel they can add some interest to an outfit. You’ve seen this vest on the blog when we went shopping as a brain activity!

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My jeans and shirt were both thrifted for $1 each recently! I remember when I first started seeing distressed jeans, and I couldn’t ever imagine buying a pair. Well, obviously that has changed. Besides I figured for $1, it was a deal no matter what! And I don’t mind this distressing as much as some of the other ones I’ve seen. But you can disagree….I know I used to.

If you ever want to try the style, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on them, then the thrift store could be your friend. Or checking out what I’ve found with this pair or this pair. And I’ll go out on a limb to predict, that soon we will be seeing patches put over these holes as a recurring trend.

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Jeans: Silver-thrifted (similar here)~~Vest: Mel & Lisa (similar here)~~Top: Banana Republic-thrifted (similar here)~~Shoes: Mercanti Fiorentini (similar here)~~Scarf-really a belt: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: In order to change up an accessory that Nancy has in her closet, she grabbed a small scarf to wear as a bracelet.

These small scarves can be perfect for other areas too! Not only around your wrist but also as decoration on your purse, like I wore recently. The only hard part is trying to tie it easily around your wrist. If you have a trick for that, please share.

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Since the scarf was red and black in color, Nancy stayed with that same color scheme for her outfit. Although when we talked about shoes, we came up with a neutral pair good for walking. Metallic flats could be a perfect pair of footwear in your closet. This pair looks comfy, along with this pair.

She loves wearing her capri pants while it’s still warm outside, even though it seems like there is always some controversy among women about these pants!

What I don’t truly understand, is that they aren’t that much different than longer skirts this same length.

change up a scarf to a bracelet

The embroidery trend is still going strong. We all realize that every style comes around a couple of times in our lives. And the 1970’s are certainly making their comeback lately.  This embroidery can be found on jeans, tops, purses, shoes, and even booties. If you still have some from the first time it came around, I’d love to hear about it.

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Pants: Simon Chang (similar here)~~Cardigan: J. Jill (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Ecco (similar here)~~Bracelet-really a scarf: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: My mother is quite the creative soul, and we have seen her change up her accessories many times.

I had her replicate the idea of using a necklace as a strap for a clutch purse. It’s not easy to see against the background of her tunic, but the strap of the purse is actually a very long necklace.

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The first time she did it with a silver bead necklace and silver clutch. That purse was hard sided so my mom just put the necklace in it without anything to hold it in place. For this example, the clutch purse is fabric, and so she ended up safety pinning the necklace in place.

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My mom purchased this tunic on one of her cruises a couple of years ago.

I actually think she can find any treasure in any gift shop on earth! But this one was even on sale, and she’s worn in quite a bit. It’s such a standout item, and really is the star of the show. She wore it for our travel series 2 years ago.

I do think that a fun tunic can be a year round treasure. This one could easily be worn in the colder months with a turtleneck under it. I always think the asymmetrical tunics are so interesting. This one has more of the winter colors in it, while this one is perfect for the kitty lovers out there.

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Pants: 62 East (similar here)~~Tunic: Pia Rossini (similar here)~~Shoes: Proxy (similar here)~~Necklace as purse strap: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

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These were our ideas to change up an accessory you were meant to wear one way, into a totally different style. Is it anything you would do?

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Not that you need to be able to change up every accessory in your wardrobe. But I did find some fun items under $25.


  • Your trick with using the sash belt as a scarf is genius! I have a number of fabric belts like this, but I’ve only even worn them with their corresponding dresses. Sometimes I remove them and use a different belt with the dress, but I’d never thought to remove the dress and use the belt as part of a different look. Now I will!


    • I was actually a little proud of myself for this one, Liz (although I’m sure there have been plenty more before me who have done this). But I was actually thinking of throwing out the belt, when I put it around my neck to get it out of the way, and then I thought “aha—a scarf”.
      You gotta love it when the brain actually works! ha ha!

  • Looking good ladies! Loving the blue vest.

    Jessica |

    • Thanks Jessica!! I haven’t worn this vest much, but I bet you could make it super cool somehow!!!

  • You all look great!

  • Love your look Jodie!! That blue vest is so pretty!

  • I love Nancy’s silver pumps! But my, Mother is looking fabulous here Jodie. Red is her colour xx

  • Great ideas, ladies! I love seeing others ideas like this! People can be so creative. I’ve used belts to make straps for clutch purses, as well! You can use traditional ones, or rope belts off of dresses make great ones!

    • That’s such a great idea—-see, you’re another one of those creative minds people, Ronnie!!

  • Oh Jodie, what fun! I often use dress belts as chokers or scarves, too, because they never look right on me as belts and I just can’t let them go to waste! And scarves as bracelets, absolutely! I never thought of the necklace as a purse strap though. Brilliant!


    • I used to throw them out, Shelbee, but it would be smarter to use the self belts as something else. Heck, I could use it as a bow on a present too!!

  • Three very clever ideas. I’m especially intrigued by the “necklace as a strap” trick in Charlotte’s outfit. I’ve been seeing scarves wrapped around the handles of a purse which has spark my imagination although I haven’t tried it yet. As for capris, I think the trick to combating frump is making sure they are a slim fit like the ones Nancy is wearing.


    • The last time my mom used this trick with one of her necklaces, the purse was firmer, and didn’t need to have the necklace pinned in place. Of course, you had to be careful when you opened it….but it’s ingenious, I think!
      Thanks, Rena!!

  • I love long vests and your blue one is beautiful! I’ve used scarves as belts before and love the look. Your orange scarf stands out so nicely against the blue vest. The scarf around Nancy’s wrist is adorable; I have not tried that yet, but now you have me wanting to go through my scarf collection to find a small one for my wrist. And I love that your mom is a gift shop shopper! I’m a gift shop fan myself! You never know what unique item you’ll find in one of them!

    • Thanks so much Cathy for all of the wonderful thoughts!!
      It’s true about shopping at the gift shops—there are usually more unique items there!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Very creative and cute looks, Jodie!

  • Very creative way how to use accessories. I love to play with scarf like you, Jodie. I’ll post soon the post about it. I love how your mum use the necklace. I once need desperately silver belt to put whole outfit together (5 min before shooting o)) ) so I used the metallic removable purse strap. It works perfectly for me. o)

    • Now see…that’s an idea I hadn’t thought of, Anna! But it’s brilliant!! Now if I can only remember it when I need it…ha ha!!

  • Judy Gramith

    You three are absolutely ROCKIN these looks. You all look terrific and your creativity hit the sweet spot in each individual version of darlingness!!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    You gals are so creative. I know what you mean about the distressed jeans, Jodie. I got my first pair at a thrift store and now they are one of my favorite pairs to wear. Funny how our minds can be changed once we try something. – Amy

    • It’s so true. I remember saying to a friend, I would never buy those kinds of jeans. Hah…and look at me now!!! We are funny people!

  • Another fun post, Jodie. I actually like capris, as long as they are short enough that they don’t look like regular pants that are too short. I hated that as a long-legged teen and still do today. Love those comfy looking silver shoes and your red ones too. Your vest MAKES your outfit. It wouldn’t have half the impact without it. I would wear Charlotte’s tunic over my blacks – to death!

    I have also repurposed self-belts as necklaces (long and short, double-wrapped), headbands and hatbands – and once for a bowtie for my puppy to dress him up for a party! I also have a couple of ties that I use the very same way (except not on TinkerToy).
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie –
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

    • I have to admit that I chuckled out loud that you’ve used the self belts for Tinker Toy. That is just absolutely brilliant!!!!
      As for the regular pants that were too short…I can understand how that stays with you over time. Not that I had that issue. My issue was that I wanted what everyone else was wearing….not a hand made garment that was unique. Funny how things change, huh?

  • You three are so creative! I wouldn’t have guessed your scarf is actually a belt! Your mom’s necklace as a purse strap is so clever too!

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    • Thanks for the vote of encouragement. I was wondering if I should use the #creative or #crazy?? LOL

  • Karen

    Very inspirational! ! I have a few self belts and will try your idea. I’ve never thought to do that! I did once wear a beaded belt as a necklace, thin beaded belt, and it worked! Your jeans are cute, and not overly distressed, so they look modern but not teenage (hope that makes sense!) Once again, I like the close fit if Nancy’s capris. I have tied those small Scarves on purses and totes, but like it a lot as a bracelet. Another idea to try! Love your mom’s tunic and her stirrup pants. They look really good with her shoes, showing the little bit of skin in the front. It seems to make her legs look longer. Can’t wait to try these ideas!

    • Thanks so much Karen!!
      I used to throw these self belts away, because I’d rarely wear them with the piece. But now that I thought of this, I may start keeping them.
      If you do wear the scarf as a bracelet, it’s so helpful to have someone to tie it for you. It’s not the easiest to do on your own!!!

  • Sonia Makosso

    inspiring post, love your quote of the day,

    • Thanks Sonia!! I love quotes, because you really get your bang for your buck!!
      I’m so glad you stopped by, and I hope you’ll come back again!

  • Love the orange scarf on you Jodie and the colors/patterns, so true accessories really make a look. Love everyones sunnies… cool
    jess xx

    • Thanks so much Jess!! Orange is a great color for the season!!

  • $1.00 each for that cute shirt and jeans??? I’m impressed! Very creative and cute styling with today’s looks!

    • Let me just say, I’ve learned from the best (that’s you!!). When I read that the consignment shop was have $1 sales, we were there right when they opened!!!

  • Love this and shared it on my FB page. I love how you always stay true to the theme of style being ageless!
    ~Melissa xx

    • Thanks so much Melissa!! That’s so incredibly nice of you to share it and say that!!
      Happy Monday!!

  • Cindy

    Very good! I like your creativity!

    • Thanks so much Cindy!!! It’s fun to try to change things up!! And hopefully good for the brain??

  • I’m not sure how to tie the scarf around your wrist but I have always thought my scarves were too pretty to not be worn more ways than just around your neck. Some of them do seem like they should be more like jewelry. My daughter who has a young slim waist wears a scarf in place of a belt. It looks adorable as you can imagine. I think your thin scarf works well when it’s warm weather too but you still want the bit of color near your face. I love clicking on your links to see what similar items you’ve scouted for us!

    • Thanks so much Julia!! The hard thing about the scarf around your wrist is getting it tied by yourself. When you have someone to help you—it’s a piece of cake! But alone?? Not so easy!!

  • You are just the cutest thing, Jodie! I love your style. I do like the skinny scarf; I’ll have to rummage through my closet for belts and see if I have anything that would work.

    • Now the question is, do I store it with my scarves, or belts???? What a conundrum!!!!
      Thanks Lisa!!

  • I once had an aversion to distressed denim, but that has of course completely disappeared! I love the idea of using a scarf as a bracelet – now that I have a shorter one I’m going to have to give it a try.

    • I still get grief from many of my older neighbors when I wear distressed denim. But hey, I just give them grief right back!!
      I almost want to put a snap on my little scarves so they’d be easier to wear as bracelets. They are hard to tie by myself around the wrist!!

  • Mother Daughter

    Love the ideas you have given. I do have a denim jacket from a number of years back that will fit right in with the embroidery that is now current. And of course I had to check out the shoes, the Fitflop ones are very interesting.

    • Don’t you love it when you keep something, and then it’s totally hip again?? I can’t wait to see your jacket!!
      Thanks Victoria!

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Fun tips on using accessories in a different way. I love Charlotte’s tunic and the red lipstick really looks great on her. Is this one of the Look Fabulous Forever lipsticks? I am considering ordering from that company. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much Rebecca!!
      I’m not sure which lipstick this is on my mom….but I’ll forward this to her, so maybe she’ll be able to respond!! I know she’s actually been using the lip primer that was from LFF company. Even though at first she thought she had a reaction to it—now she’s been fine with it, and I think it helps with less bleeding!
      Now I need some of the primer!!!

    • Charlotte Miller

      Hi Rebecca, Yes, I think it is that lipstick. I keep it in the sleeve so I know which one it is and it’s called soft plum–but seems to go on pure red. Thanks for your favorable comments.

  • You ladies always look so happy and fabulous. I love the scarf around the wrist look! I have done that a few times and think it is so edgy! Great tips and ideas Jodie!

    • Thanks so much Cheryl!!
      I’ve even done this trick with the scarf around the wrist before, but do you know my hubby didn’t like it? Maybe my scarf was too big? Because he liked this one on Nancy!!

  • Pauline Starsmore

    Oh Jodie what if the thrifted jeans ar’nt supposed to be distressed, and someone has just worn holes in them.!! Ha Ha.

    • Well, that make me laugh, Pauline!! Because you could be right!!

  • I absolutely adore these accessory ideas! I need to try the bracelet wrap asap. Have a great week Jodie!

  • donnanance

    You ladies all look so pretty with your “thinking outside the box” accessories! Too many times we reach for something and wear it in the same old way. The thing I like about your outfits is that they looked finished but not overdone. Happy Monday! xoxo P.S. How is Rob?

    • And I can understand how we get into our clothing or accessory ruts, Donna! It takes time and energy to come up with different ideas. Although I am amazed at my mom’s thinking at times. How do you think to take a necklace and make it a strap?? #creative or #crazy?? Ha ha!
      Thanks so much Donna! We were out looking at houses on this day, so actually in public!!
      And Rob is okay….we probably won’t get the biopsy result for another week.At least they stretched his esophagus while they were in there….

  • You all are always so creative which is one of my favorite things about your blog!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thanks Amy!! I certainly wasn’t this way while I was working—it takes time to come up with these ideas, and who has that when they are working???

  • fashionistha

    Pretty ladies. Loving all the looks!

  • Stevie Turner

    Love your mother’s tunic! It’s very bohemian – or bo-ho as my son would say.

    • Isn’t it so cool, Stevie?? My mom knows how to find the best items!!

  • I still haven’t jumped on the skinny scarf trend, but I need to! I always love seeing different ways to wear them. Y’all look great!
    By Lauren M

    • They are fun, and not as much material to get in the way. Maybe I notice that because I’m messy?? Ha ha!!
      Thanks Lauren!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Jodie your Mum is soo creative! Thanks for this idea.
    Accessoires are the cherry on the cake for me 🙂
    Your destroyed jeans are great for 1$
    I wish you and your mums a wonderful week. XO Tina

    • Isn’t my mom something, Tina?? I wonder how she even comes up with these ideas!!
      Thanks for such a lovely comment!

  • Oh I’ll take the “smarter” comment as I use several scarfs on a 2 week trip. Changes up the same series of clothing in so many ways. Packing light too!

    • It’s totally the smart way to change things up!!

  • Eileen Flanigan Sinda

    I have a lovely orange scarf that I wear each autumn.

  • Savvy Southern Chic

    Fun ideas!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Using a long necklace as a strap for the purse is pure genius.

    • Isn’t my mom something else, Bernadette? Like how do you even think of these things, I always ask her??

  • I think your mother looks absolutely stunning in her tunic! And I think that is a great idea with the necklace! You have great ideas! I still am thankfull for your lipstick tip every day!

  • Pamela Graham

    I love the way you girls are obviously much more adventurous having fun and working together. Nothing better than shopping with a girlfriend who pushes you out of your comfort zone! All looking great x

    • Thanks so much Pamela!!! We do push each other—sometimes for good and sometimes for annoyance—ha ha!!!