Completing a winter outfit with the right accessories can be tricky. It’s colder, you’re bundled up, and less skin is showing. How can you showcase accessories without them getting lost in your layers? Here are ways to highlight and add polish to your cold weather outfits.
The face won’t be covered up so let’s be sure attention is heading its way. Try these ideas:
Strong earrings. Clustered jeweled earrings, statement studs or hoop earrings are a good choice to draw the eyeline up from the winter layers.
Wide brimmed hats. These can add a dramatic mystique to a winter outfit as well as protect from winter showers or sun.
The neckline is an easy area to adorn in order to bring more focus to your face. Try these ideas:
A scarf. This accessory adds character depending on your choice of print, pattern or color, plus it adds an additional layer of warmth. Choose one in this season’s bold reds or jeweled tones or find one in a dark floral print or a non-traditional plaid. You can also layer two lighter weight scarves – one in a print, one in a flattering solid color – for an interesting look.
Collar necklace. Add a statement collar necklace to the top of cashmere sweaters or at the neckline of a minimalist high-necked dress or simple blouse. This extra touch adds interest, drama or a hint of femininity.
By adding a focal point to the torso, you bring attention to feminine curves or emphasis to a silhouette. Try these ideas:
Brooches. Add one, two, or three brooches to the lapel of a winter coat or jacket, to a cardigan, or a menswear inspired long vest. Or spruce up your formal wear by adding a jeweled cluster brooch to the neckline.
Long pendant. Added to a sleek sweater or a silk blouse or tunic, this accessory is a simple and sophisticated way to add interest. That long line that you’re creating is also slimming. You may want to layer a few long chains along with that pendant for more style.
Belted coat. Do the unexpected and change out the belt on your coats. Whether a thick patent black belt, a pop of color or a textured neutral, adding your own belt to your outerwear adds surprise and shows your creativity at work.
We’re often waving our arms as we express ourselves. Why not adorn our wrist or the parts of our hands and arms that are exposed? Try these ideas:
Gloves. Long or short gloves in bright, bold colors or animal print patterns are functional for cold weather (especially with ¾ sleeved jackets) and they had flair to your outfit.
Bangles. Bangles or metal cuffs are a great addition when wearing long-sleeved dresses, jackets or coats with sleeves that hit just above the wrist. Mix metals in multiple loose bangles or wear a cuff at your wrist that’s jeweled, beaded or studded.
Great handbag. A bright colored bag can be all the accent color you need in an outfit. If it’s your everyday bag, go for a darker color, as it will show less wear over the months. But think about a second bag in a berry tone, gold, or turquoise. Color can shake things up if you’re getting bored. A jeweled or sequined clutch is festive for events or nights out.
Are you having a hard time polishing off your winter outfits? I’m always here to help. I’d love to help you accessorize for these chilly days ahead. Let’s get something on the calendar.