It’s true that women love clothes, but there’s a limit to everything. Unless you have a very large budget for clothing, you’re probably looking for ways to make the most of your current wardrobe. European women have mastered the art of making many costumes of one basic suit or dress. We American women would be wise to take a page from their book. Clothing accessories are the name of the game. Let’s take a look at some of the ways clothing accessories can create a larger wardrobe with little additional closet space.
Classically simple clothing is most adaptable in this game. The classic lines lend sophistication to your style as well. Let’s take the LBD, that little black dress we all love. This chameleon of garments can sail right through the day’s events with only a change of a belt, scarf, purse and some jewellery. A no-nonsense blazer and a string of pearls gives you a professional look suitable for an office presentation. When you meet your husband for lunch, swap the blazer for that silk scarf he gave you for Christmas. Add a couple of gold bangle bracelets, lose the pearls and you’ve got a whole new look. You’re going to dinner and the theatre? A change of shoes, with a little glitz, a satin handbag and jacket and you’re ready for compliments.
You can see how this works. It’s no wonder European women love clothing accessories. With a good selection of accessories, you can appear to have a magnificent wardrobe on a shoestring. A pink linen dress can be casual at a summer lunch, office perfect showing its professional face or a stunner at a wedding. It all depends on your choices in clothing accessories.
Costume jewellery is fun and inexpensive and can set the mood of your costume. For example, for our pink linen dress, some bright enamelled earrings and necklace in shades complimentary to the dress hue and a white fabric tote bag are perfect for that summer lunch date.
Scarves are another important clothing accessory. Made of silk, polyester or wool, you’ve got a world of possibilities to change one garment from a city slicker look to a day at the beach.
Handbags can present you with an entirely different image in your coordinated costume. Handbags should be coordinated with your shoes for a consistent look. They need not match, but should have the same feel of casual or dressy and be of similar colour shades.
Gloves are equally versatile as well as practical. Freezing weather requires hand protection. Depending on your costume, they can be fur-lined leather or knitted woollies with a fun pattern.
If your budget won’t allow more clothes just now, make the most of what you do have with new clothing accessories.