Dress 10 Pounds Thinner Part 8

Accessories are not only fun, they can help us with our strategic dressing, too.

Once again, we are working to direct the eye. This means we need to think about each type of accessory, its shape, color, and where we wear it.

  • Earrings are worn in what we call the “impact zone.” This is near the face, where most people look first when they see us. Did you know that the right earring can take pounds off of your face? There was a time when I questioned this statement, so I stood in front of a mirror and tried on different styles. I saw the truth of it staring back at me.

Large, round earrings can look a bit like dinner plates hanging on the side of your face. As you can imagine, the effect is a wide, round face.

Longer, drop earrings give a more lean look. They create a straight vertical line on either side of your face. We discussed the importance of vertical lines in Part 3. The principle works for accessories as well as clothes.

Large, round hoop earrings hang so that what is seen in front is a vertical line. These can be flattering on any face.

  • Necklaces also lie in the impact zone. To draw the eye up toward your eyes, wear a necklace that rests near your collarbone. You can wear a statement necklace if the color contrast of the materials is subtle. High contrast colors will work the same as high contract colors in patterns and present an eye-stopping jolt.

Long chains create a vertical line for the eye to travel. Thin chains, rather than bulky, large beads work like thin vertical stripes. Wearing a Y-necklace also is flattering.

  • Scarves can be an important accessory. Just keep in mind the color and pattern lessons we’ve covered in previous posts. They work for scarf fabric, too.

Also, pay attention to the way a scarf is styled. An infinity scarf will accent the upper part of your body and make it appear more bulky. A small scarf tied like a choker necklace will accent the width of your neck. A long, bulky scarf will make all of your body seem bulkier. A more sheer, or thin fabric scarf tied so long strands hang straight down will be the most flattering style.

  • Bracelets are worn on one of the thinnest parts of the body. Accent this area with stacks of bracelets.
  • Rings also show off slender fingers. If your fingers are shorter, go with an elongated style. Just be sure to keep the length of the ring solidly between two knuckles. Otherwise it can overwhelm your finger and make your hand appear smaller and your fingers a bit stubby.

  • A Broach can be a nice way to add interest around your face. Place one on the lapel of a solid color jacket for instant glamour. You can even wear a broach on a long chain as a necklace. Just thread the chain under the pin bar. This only works if the broach does not have a right-side-up and and upside-down. Or use a broach to secure a small scarf to the shoulder of a dress. Again, this provides interest in the impact zone.

Experiment with your accessories. They can provide glam and shape to an otherwise boring outfit.

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Freshen Up

“Why don’t you go with turquoise?” The sales clerk stood with one hand on her hip while the other propped up her chin.

I sighed. “I don’t know, but maybe gray might look better.”

After several minutes of indecision, I chose purple and turquoise for my throw pillows. I’ve never regretted it, even after living with them for years. The reason I was able to make a sound choice? I have loved those two colors together since childhood.

The new season is calling to me this year to update colors in a different room. What’s “in” for interior design right now, and how much does that influence me? There might be some interesting new color pairings trending that would inspire me. I might discover a furniture style that speaks to me. But the most important element will be what I like.

Lucky for all of us right now, the design world seems to agree that our personality is what should dictate our choices. Here are some questions you can ask yourself that might help if you’re considering an update.

  1. What colors to you tend to gravite to when you window-shop or see things on-line?
  2. Is there a design show on TV that highlights a particular look you love?
  3. Which Pinterest interior design boards draw your eye?
  4. Do you have a fond memory that revolves around any certain colors? (The reason I’ve loved turquoise and purple is a wedding I attended as a young teen.)
  5. Do you prefer brighter/bolder colors, or neutrals?

My current room under consideration is the living room. I don’t really like brown, but for some reason, I allowed a lot of brown into that room.

I chose brown curtains when I had a green sofa. Then I bought a leather sofa because I’d always dreamed of owning one–and it’s brown. We decided to pull up the carpet in our living and dining rooms and lay wood flooring. Of course, the wood is brown. It didn’t happen all at once. But I failed to realized the brown migration until it was all in place.

This summer I decided to lighten up the decor with pops of turquoise on a few sofa pillows and a new center arrangement on the coffee table. It helps, but now I’m on a mission. I might not even keep the coffee table. After all, it’s brown.

Is there a room in your house or apartment that makes you feel down or depressed when you enter it? What can you do to make it express your personality?

  1.  Start with a few accessories or a rug. It can be surprising what a little additional color and style will do for a space.
  2. Try a different window treatment.
  3. If you can, paint the room a new color. Or paint just one wall.
  4. If the space is small, add mirrors. A grouping of small, framed mirrors instead of a large piece of artwork can open up an otherwise cramped room. Try to place the mirror(s) opposite a window for added light.
  5. Add lighting. A new lamp in a previously dark corner can make all the difference.

Stick with one predominant color and one or two accent colors for cohesion. My choice of turquoise pairs well with the existing brown. Plenty of cream lightens the heavier tones as well.

You don’t have to do it all at once. Choose one budget-friendly change and then wait until you can afford it to make another. Part of the fun of decorating is searching for just the right piece. So don’t rush the process–savor it instead.

As I sip my coffee with lots of cream on the cooler evenings of autumn, I’ll be dreaming of what my “new” living room will look like when the re-do is finished. I’ll keep my leather sofa and wood floors, but everything else is negotiable.

Which room will you choose to update? What is the first thing you’ll do?