One Perspective of How to Look Stylish Without Accessories
The idea of how to look stylish without accessories is not one that we talk about much. Why? Because Lesley, Charlotte, and I believe in the magic of jewelry and all those fun extras. Yet I had a reader reach out saying she doesn’t care for jewelry. Yet she would still like to dress stylishly.
So we decided to give this challenge a go on the blog. BUT BEWARE, we all thought this was the hardest thing ever!! It goes to show once you have a habit (whether that is to wear jewelry or not to wear jewelry) it feels “wrong” the other way.
Quote of the day: “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee
The limitations we have are most likely put on ourselves. Yet it’s not easy to change our thinking. This is why I thought the idea to look stylish without accessories was a good challenge.
Without jewelry, the focus of the outfit is the clothing pieces themselves. This makes it doubly important to have the right fit and to find a piece that is more interesting than just a basic item.
Charlotte decided to wear a pair of print pants. If you think that wearing a print on the bottom half is too scary, I understand. I used to feel the same way. Yet in reality, a print can be easier to wear because it takes any focus off lumps and bumps along with being masterful at hiding any stains!!
BTW, I’m not saying that my mom has lumps and bumps to hide. I am a huge believer in embracing our bodies as is! Yet I know many women’s concern is “Does this make my butt look big?”
My response? No, it doesn’t. BUT even if it did, why is a big butt bad?
Jeans: Gloria Vanderbilt-thrifted ~~ Top: Hillard Hanson-thrifted~~ Shoes: Tiosebon c/o ~~ Purse: Rossetti-thrifted
Charlotte’s Casual Style
Our photos this day were taken at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens. Therefore, the outfit needed to be comfortable, walkable, and cool enough for the heat.
That’s why you see the capri pants, sneakers, and a backpack. Easy peasy and comfortable for a day in Arizona.
While I used to think your purse wasn’t part of an outfit, I have since learned that’s just not true especially when we are out in public. (It’s different when you spend the day behind a desk or in an office). If you are trying to look stylish without accessories near your face, then a purse is a wonderful way to bring some personality to the outfit.
For a day of exploring, it can be so convenient to be hands-free. The three of us have explored options for hand-free purses last year.
In all reality, Charlotte originally had a blue cross-body bag to bring for this day, and I had her change out to this mini backpack. I felt like the blue purse didn’t add enough personality to the mix. And without jewelry as being one of the foci, having too much blue wasn’t fun enough.
Another great reason for a cute backpack? My mantra is that just as many people see you from the back as they do the front. Therefore, give them something fun to look at. Especially if you worry about your tush.
Yes, there are disadvantages to backpacks, especially with pickpocketers. Since this event was socially distanced, that was not an issue.
Look Stylish Without Accessories With Print Pants
If you’re not wearing jewelry, then your clothing needs to make us for the lack of focus on your face. A statement or print item can be the answer. These print capris are a fun option for Charlotte. In fact, these blue print pants would work wonderfully with my color recipe. Just imagine them with a pink or yellow top to make them less matchy matchy. Remember sometimes too much matchy matchy can lead to a grandma look gone bad.
That’s why the pink sneakers work so well in this outfit. The pink backpack and shoes tie so well together and bring another color to the mix.
Jewelry: Yes or No?
I will say that a watch could be considered jewelry. And you can see how Charlotte is wearing her only watch that has over 30 matching bezels to coordinate with any outfit. Yet in all reality, it’s not a huge focus of the outfit. In fact, I bet most of you didn’t notice it.
It’s the fact with many of our jewelry or accessories. The small, delicate pieces are not easily noticed by others. That doesn’t make them bad to wear. Yet it’s good to remember and keep in mind. If you are looking to create more of a statement with your arm candy (or any jewelry), then layering more than one item may be the key. In fact, we just discussed how to layer necklaces, and it’s just as easy with bracelets.
Insider tip: I always recommend taking daily photos of every day’s outfits. That way you can “see” how others see you.
So are you on team YES or NO for jewelry??
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 others think.
My hope is that you get ideas and inspiration 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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