My Top 5 Favorite Not-So-Obvious Accessories by Kristen

Friday, January 06, 2012
Hey there! I'm Kristen from The Mrs. and The Momma....a blog about my musings of life as a wife, mom to four, and a clothes-loving gal. I started my blog after having my last baby to chronicle how my style would evolve during my "transition" phase, but my blog has turned into much more than that. It's really my fifth child.

For me getting dressed everyday is something I look forward to...especially the accessorizing part. But we all know the basics of accessorizing, right? What I mean is that items such as belts, bags, scarves, and jewelry are commonplace in what we wear. They naturally pull together outfits and are basically the cornerstones of accessories, if you will.

What I love about fashion are the other accessories that give that needed "pop" to an outfit. Not that the above-mentioned items don't make things interesting, but sometimes I look in the mirror and think, "This just needs something more." when my other accessories aren't quite stepping up to the plate. Enter:  My Top 5 Favorite Not-So-Obvious Accessories. (You like that title?)

5.  Nails

Yes, nails can be an accessory. Well manicured, bold-colored nails can bring that wow-factor. What better cheap and easy way to change your look from day to day? (Ahem, more like week to week, for me at least.) 

Ginnifer Goodwin, Elle Magazine
4. Hair

I've had approximately 36.7 hair styles in the past decade of my life. I just love to try new styles and colors.  A statement hair style such as a pixie cut, a platinum bob, or simply curling normally straight hair can be an accessory to any wardrobe, because the hair standing out on it's own diminishes the need for strong accessories elsewhere. Look for people with similar face shapes and coloring as you for inspiration to see what new "statement" hair styles you could try out. I'm absolutely in love with this particular cut.




3. Lips

I know this is kind of a given, but when you need that pop of color, the best way to achieve it in mere seconds is slapping on some bright lipstick. Your choice of make-up, specifically lipstick color, can make or break a look. Coming from a generation who has generally shied away from lipstick and adhered rather to gloss, I find it somewhat hard to get on the bandwagon, but I'm trying. Just make sure you line before you apply. Nobody likes bleeding lipstick.


2. Broaches

Pins and broaches are wonderful in my book. It's an extra bonus if they are vintage, such as this one that belonged to my grandmother.

Whether they're placed on a lapel, hat, purse, or on a chain as a necklace, broaches are super versatile in adding an interesting flare. Next opportunity you have, go rummage through your grandmother's old costume jewelry...I'd be willing to bet you'll score a find!
1. Hats

Okay, people, if we all band together, I'm pretty positive we can be successful in bringing fascinators over to America. I would die for an occasion to wear one! But until then, I guess I'll settle for regular hats. Boo. No, not really...I love wearing hats. What better multi-purpose accessory? Not only do they cover up bad hair days and keep your head warm, but there are endless possibilities when styling an outfit around a hat. My favorites include the Gap beret I'm wearing in the above picture and the one below from Target.
Coco Chanel said, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory." I'm not sure I agree with this statement, but whenever in doubt, I do make sure I've got at least something of interest going on. So I'd love to hear...what are some of your favorite not-so-obvious ways to accessorize?

21 comments :

  1. This is such a great list! Nail polish is definitely an accessory in my book as well, and I love hats too, though I haven't been very adventurous with them. One of these that I really need to work on is hair, I've had variations of the same haircut (long layers) nearly my whole life, because I'm too scared that I won't like anything more dramatic.

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  2. Crimpy hair, it adds something extra to any outfit! It's always my favorite add-on!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  3. i wish my toes were that pretty haha. mine look a mess no matter what polish i put on them. anyway i agree nails are the best accessory. I love getting creative with mine.

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  4. i love those nails. I can't beleive your 21 and married! crazy. I'd love to hear that story some day :)

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  5. oh wow. what is that that you've put on your toes? is it some sort of decal or polish-strip? it looks way too shiny to be regular polish!
    they look like little mirrors! i love it :)

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  6. I think it's amazing that Kristen manages to juggle being a mother of four AND maintaining her blog!

    http://sincerelysammie.com/

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  7. Very pretty ring! :) I really love the nail polish as well I think I can really do a lot for an outfit.

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  8. I love that picture of Ginnifer Goodwin... that is the photo I took in when I got mine cut into a pixie style a few months ago! It totally serves as a statement, and I definitely wear less jewelry now since my hair stands out on its own so much!! I love it!

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  9. I'm personally not a fan of crimpy hair...

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  10. WHat a cute little post. Love the ideas. Broches are great. I need a really shiny one.

    http://www.thegirlieblog.com

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  11. I'm the same. I wish I could transform my hair with varying cuts and styles but with my round face it's a bit difficult :/.

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  12. I'd love to see! I wish I could do a pixie!

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  13. I considered that cut of Ginnifer Goodwin's when I went short! She's gorgeous and I love love LOVE that cut!

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  14. I think we all need a reminder of these not-so-obvious accessories sometimes.  Especially nail color!  It's cheap and a powerful accessory!!

    Lauren
    mildmediumhot.net

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  15. Cute broach.. would look cute on a necklace chain too :p


    -Elyse
    For Elyse Clothing Online

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  16. Yes yes yes to hats!

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  17. Deffinitely going to have to work on my hair being an accessory. It's just so much easier to let it look like every other girls hair. But yes to hats! (and bright, beautiful lips too!)

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  18. Totally agree:-) love the nail polish!

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  19. My favorite way to spice up any outfit is with a scarf!

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