Accessorizing Rules – Bling, Boom, Pow!

I love accessories – jewelry of all kinds and sizes, shoes, scarves, etc, etc, etc. Sometimes it’s a struggle trying to find the RIGHT accessories, and sometimes it’s more of a struggle trying NOT to overdo the accessories!

There was a terrific article on the Oprah.com website by Adam Glassman that listed 6 Rules for Accessorizing. Now you know I couldn’t let that one go by without putting my two (or four) cents in, since Accessories are one of my passions! Mr. Glassman is the Creative Director for O, the Oprah magazine – and does a great job in that capacity.

Here are his Rules for Accessorizing:

1. Your necklace should be working FOR you – a long strand that hits just below the bust makes you look taller and leaner.

LYR Note: I agree to a point – a long strand can be long and thin, or long and chunky. Picking a long and thin necklace will work better for a woman with a small frame, someone who is small-boned, and for work (unless you work in a creative profession). Watch the length in relation to your desk top if you sit at a desk all day – you may find yourself getting your necklace caught in the center drawer of your desk, or bumping the desk top as you scoot closer to work on a project. Try measuring a current necklace that works well for you and replicate that length. Getting out of your comfort zone? Remember to try one or two items in a new style or new length before you purchase a lot of things that don’t work.

2. Not sure when “finishing touch” becomes “overkill”? You can never go wrong with a stack of skinny bangles.

LYR Note: A “stack” of skinny bangles will be a different number based on your height and arm length, and what you’re wearing. Be careful that you don’t “jingle” when walking down the hallways, gesturing, or typing – that will get really annoying really fast in an office environment. If you’re taller or larger-framed, consider a single statement bracelet (a wide cuff, for instance) but keep the very dramatic ‘bling’ for after work hours.

3. Don’t be afraid to add something diarmingly bold and masculine – like an oversize man’s watch – into the mix.

LYR Note: Another caveat – if you are small boned or petite, check out the boy’s watches in a department store to follow this trend without overwhelming your size. You don’t want it to look as if the watch is wearing YOU.

4. Try wearing just one big, memorable piece. A wide cuff can easily become your calling card. (See LYR Note #2)

5. When shopping for earrings, consider the shape of your face: Pendants look best when yours is round or square. Studs, buttons or short drop earrings offset a long or oval face. Hoops are always a good choice.

LYR Note: If your ears are not pierced (mine are not), be careful of the weight your earrings. A set of clip earrings that won’t stay on your ears and force you to either bend down to pick them up often or wear them so tight that they hurt your ears are not the best incentive for a beautiful image. For pierced earring wearers, heavy earrings can cause your holes to stretch and over time may require plastic surgery to correct.

6. A ring should flatter your fingers. Narrow bands or styles that extend toward the knuckle make your digits appear longer; thin fingers can pull off a wider style.

LYR Note: Be careful of wearing multiple rings on one finger or consecutive fingers – you don’t want to look as if you emptied the jewelry box on the way to work; if you work in a creative profession, you have a little more leeway, but be sure that your jewelry does not impact your ability to do your job.