Fall Wardrobe Refresh: Accessories

How to create fall accessory bundles. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Fall is my favorite season to replenish and refresh my wardrobe, and that includes accessories. As with clothing, I think it’s important to consider how an accessory will fit in, and how you will wear it with existing pieces. I find the concept of accessory groupings, or “bundles” to be very helpful not only for planning outfits, but when I’m thinking of adding something new.

Fall Accessory Bundles

To give you some ideas, I’ve created a few accessory groupings above. You could wear almost any combination of the shoes, bags, and accessory bundles I’ve shown.

Shoes: flats | boots
Bags: top | middle | bottom

Bundle 1: necklace | earrings | ring
Bundle 2: scarf | earrings | watch
Bundle 3: scarf | earrings | bracelet
Bundle 4: earrings | bracelet | bracelet

The bundle concept is also great for packing or when you need to plan outfits in advance. I’ve been asked about my process for creating a look with accessories, and while I don’t have a single formula, here are some guidelines that I tend to follow:

  • While it’s fine to mix your metals, I usually prefer to keep finishes similar. Shiny with shiny, muted with muted. And I tend to keep levels of refinement similar within a single look.
  • I try to avoid any jewelry groupings that look too much like a matched set. (If you do have some of those matched jewelry sets, break them up and wear the pieces separately, in combination with non-related jewelry.)
  • Patterned scarves can be a great way to pull together multiple colors within an outfit.
  • Metal chains or prominent hardware on bags can “read” as jewelry, so when I’m wearing a bag with a chain strap, I’ll cut back a little bit on other pieces, especially necklaces.
  • Don’t forget to factor in your eyewear, and hair accessories, if any. I don’t wear belts, but if you do, think of belt buckles as part of your jewelry grouping.
  • Keep your bundles together, or take photos for reference so that you can re-create them easily.

Do you use groupings or bundles to accessorize? Or do you prefer to create a new mix each time?

Let’s Accessorize…

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6 Comments

  1. September 25, 2017 / 11:50 am

    Hi Susan – cool idea for accessories. The bundles are like a little mini-capsule accessory wardrobe. Putting them together this way would make it so much easier to accessorize an outfit. Great tip!

    Cheers,
    Deborah
    http://www.fabulousafter40.com

  2. September 25, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    I hadn’t thought of bundling accessories before, but it sounds like a great idea. I’ve just finished sorting through my jewelry, deciding what to keep where it’s easily accessible, what to put away for possible use again in the future, and what to say good bye to. Now that I’ve done that, you’ve given me another way to look at it! Thank you!

  3. mrt250
    October 1, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Great post, as always! I clicked on the brown suede boot link, but it did not work. Could you tell me the designer? Thank you!

    • Susan B
      October 1, 2017 / 8:13 am

      Thank you! My apologies for the bad link. I’ve fixed in the post, here’s the updated link.

  4. MARLA
    October 12, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Woo Hoo! I have the black and white stripe tee and the olive utility jacket in my closet. Going to be inspired by your photo. I have very old but still look great Paul Green loafers, too. Thanks as always to you Susan.

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