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

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.)

 


4. Hair

Ginnifer Goodwin, Elle Magazine

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?

Mustard, Black, and White by Kristine

J.Crew cardigan ; c/o Modcloth blouseUrban Outfitters skirt; Seychelles shoes; Old Navy purse

First of all, a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!!! Have you called your mom yet? :)Mustard is quite possibly my favorite color right now. Something about it – and I’m not sure what it is – goes with neutrals so, so well.  I love how this cardigan looked on top of my black and white polka dotted top. I’m always very conscious of what colors I choose to pair with black and white.

And another thing – I kept this in my closet back home while I was adventuring in Japan. When I came back, it was like I had discovered a new treasure! Lesson learned: Time away really does make the heart grow fonder, even with clothes. Who knew?

How to Wear Modest Skirts (Without Looking Frumpy) by Kristine

Living in Japan, I was always in awe of everybody’s fashion choices. Everyone looked so kawaii (cute) in their knit sweaters layered over button up shirts with shorts, tights, and heeled boots. I have envied Japanese fashion since I was in junior high school, and seeing it in real life was an absolute dream.

Just one problem:  the fashionable Japanese girls that I admired were very keen on showing A LOT of leg. We’re talking short-shorts and mini-skirts galore. And it looked great on them. Somehow, they found a way to balance out the amount of skin they were showing by covering up their top half. (I really saw zero cleavage while I was in Japan, which I very much appreciated.) However, because I was surrounded by these amazingly stylish, beautiful, leggy women, and because I have very high modesty standards when it comes to showing skin, every now and then I would find myself feeling so, so frumpy.  I’d look at myself in my seemingly matronly knee-length skirts in the mirror and just frown.

But then I thought, just because I don’t show a lot of skin, doesn’t mean my body doesn’t look good. Showing skin and being leggy does not automatically equal womanly. Sure, I may not ever be sexy…but I don’t want to be seen like that anyway.

Over the years, I have figured out ways to wear modest skirts without looking frumpy. These ways work for me, but I’d love to hear your tips in the comments as well!

H&M shirt ; J.Crew belt (similar); vintage skirt (similar);
Forever 21 shoes (similar)

1. Wear heels.

If you’re petite like me (I’m 5’2”.), this is definitely a must. Lengthening your legs is a must to fight the frump, especially when wearing skirts! I’m talking 2” heels or higher. I can’t tell you how I feel when I put on heels after dressing up for the day:  I finally feel complete.
J.Crew cardigan (similar); J.Crew Factory necklace;
Urban Outfitters top; Crossover skirt from Japan
2. Wear skirts at the waist, not the hip.

Wearing skirts at the waist definitely elongates your bottom half, which is what you want! I also feel as though it creates a very 1950s silhouette, which is very, very feminine. I have some skirts that actually fall at my hip naturally, but I belt them at my waist so they’ll stay up. Just a trick of the trade 😉

Forever 21 hat (similar); Forever 21 top ;
Uniqlo skirt; We Love Colors tights; c/o Blowfish

3. Pay attention to where the hemline falls.

Supposedly, just above the knee is the ideal length for making your legs appear longer. I don’t necessarily follow this rule, but it’s good to keep in mind. For me, I usually wear skirts somewherearound the knee area.

 
What tips have you got to wear modest skirts without looking frumpy?