Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
In keeping with the theme of a prior article on accessories, I have to ask: who doesn't like them -- the little additions that offer sparkle and color? Who wouldn't want to make use of something simple that might update a plain or lackluster outfit, thereby flattering the wearer? Consisting of many things, accessories have been called indicators of style. They are the aperitif, the dessert, the coffee at the end of a great meal. Religious, cultural, or ethnic in origin, they are an easy way to modernize a look. In mixing great timeless or heirloom pieces with those less costly or newer, one can create a flattering mein, in minutes.
Scarves - can add color, pizazz, or warmth to any outfit. Available in a multitude of fabrics, shapes, and sizes, these -- designer or not -- can be worn around the neck, as a belt, or they can be woven into or around a purse strap. If large enough, a scarf can double as a sarong. A pashmina can be draped about the body in a multitude of ways, thus accentuating or de-emphasizing certain areas.
Watches – are not only functional but they can be fashionable and fun. With so many to choose from, a no-nonsense person can make a statement, with something stainless. Or while swimming or snorkeling, a waterproof watch may be worn. There are a plethora of colors and face styles to choose from. There are bracelet watches, and keepsake timepieces from other eras. Beautiful ribbon, in the color and fabric of one's choosing can also be substituted for a replaceable watch band.
Brooches or Pins – these were long thought by many to be for the aged or the stuffy, but not so! A decorative pin can update the look of an outfit, thereby adding panache or class. Brooches and pins can hold clothing together. With their endless uses they may be used to replace buttons. They can become belt buckles, shoe sparkles, or why not use them to change the look of a purse or coat? Brooches or pins can also become focal points -- pendants for necklaces that need new life.
Ethnic beauties, we know that culturally, since the days of ancient Africa and India we have been drawn to nose rings, oft times for religious reasons. These are also lovely accessories. In bible days, the prophet Isaiah [3:18] spoke of women in Jerusalem wearing ornaments about their feet; thus anklets have long been worn. Toe rings aren't new either; both pretty up the lower extremeties.
Hats, eye glasses, footwear, gloves, handbags, totes, and purses all aid us to accessorize as well. So take another look at the items you own and those that you will acquire. While making use of them, you just might find yourself flattered!