Colorful accessories for women - une femme d'un certain âge

Little pops of color to lift your mood

Wandler Penelope shoulder bag in Teal

It’s sometimes called “dopamine dressing,” but this time of year especially, I find myself craving more color in my outfits. It’s like visual caffeine. (Yesterday’s bright green sweater jacket was a happy example.)

Usually, I’m most comfortable in neutrals with one color accent. (Two, if one is a scarf.) If you’ve been living life in neutrals and are wary of color, sometimes a little is enough. Here are a few accessories that can add a some brightness to your look (and outlook).

Above, a striking teal shoulder bag.

Brighten it up…

Bloomingdale's ribbed cashmere scarf in cornflower blue.

If winter’s the Real Deal where you live, scarves are a practical way to add some color. Here’s a pretty ribbed cashmere scarf in bright cornflower blue (other colors available too).

AQUA plaid fringe scarf in orange.

If your palette is warmer, I love this muted plaid (perfect for you Autumns). This scarf is wool free, and available in other color combinations.

Longchamp le Pliage small bag in Blush.

The first time I visited Paris in 2007, these Longchamp le Pliage bags were everywhere. One Paris street style account I follow on Instagram says they seem to be making a comeback. Sure, you could always play it safe with black, but this Blush is really a fun option.

MZ Wallace Metro tote in green with canvas shoulder strap.

I know many of you are fans of MZ Wallace bags. Here’s a small Metro tote in a lively green. (There’s also a small crossbody/fanny pack in this color.)

Roxanne Assoulin Color Therapy stretch bracelets. A stack of 8 assorted pink bead bracelets.

After months of eyeing colorful Roxanne Assoulin bracelets, I finally ordered some and have been wearing them frequently. That little hit of color is a shot of happy. Maybe next time I’ll spring for this cheerful pink set…💕

Teva colorblock platform sandals.

If you have a warm-weather getaway planned, why not pack a colorful (and comfortable) pair of sandals for beach or poolside?

Marc Fisher slide sandals in Sunkist leather.

And a pair to wear out to dinner…

J.Hannah clean cruelty-free nail polish.

Here’s a sunny color for your toes. This polish is clean and cruelty-free.

Chantecaille cheek gelee in Lively.

And if a sunny getaway isn’t in the cards right now, get a little of that just-got-back-from-vacation glow with this sheer cheek color.

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  1. Anne
    January 20, 2022 / 4:11 am

    Black + color is my go-to formula for a dreary winter day!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 20, 2022 / 6:23 am

      I have my eyes open for Veri Peri, will share when I find some good examples! It’s a great color for you Summers.

  2. Marilyn
    January 20, 2022 / 5:43 am

    I loved the post today. The Longchamp bags are wonderful. My daughter got me hooked on them about 10 years ago and I can’t say enough about them. I used my first one so much it got tiny holds in the bottom. I sent it in to the company and they repaired it at no charge and cleaned it so it looked like new. That was awesome customer service. I have since added another one – larger as a carry-on or road travel for important items to keep with me in motels etc. Your choice of colors today was just what I love and gave me some good ideas.

  3. Eve
    January 20, 2022 / 6:03 am

    Time to shop for some color. I love the pink bracelet but the price is too much for me. Oven clay and a few bought beads and I’ll have something similar. The bags are great. Everything is. I’m inspired to add more colorful accessories. These colors are beautiful.

  4. Karen
    January 20, 2022 / 6:57 am

    So glad I found a blogger that has warmer coloring like I do!!

  5. Florence
    January 20, 2022 / 7:30 am

    What’s the source for the black & white sweater with the turquoise bag?

    • Susan Blakey
      January 20, 2022 / 7:39 am

      I’m not able to find it on the website at the moment. I’ll keep looking.

  6. Mary Alice
    January 20, 2022 / 7:40 am

    One word of caution about Longchamp bags – a friend was on the Paris Metro and someone slashed it and stole her wallet – (while she was totally unaware) – the nylon is not very secure.

  7. January 20, 2022 / 7:40 am

    Color is one of our (and nature’s) greatest tools. I didn’t realize how powerful it was until I started paying more attention to women’s fashion. Women like you use it with sophistication. It has intense effect on male viewers but they have no idea why.

  8. Alexis
    January 20, 2022 / 8:10 am

    I love the shot of color right now since my wardrobe features lots of navy – I just bought a colorful Kurt Geiger pendant necklace which makes me smile! I’m trying to find that “perfect” small bag so I’ll check out the MZ Wallace.

  9. January 22, 2022 / 11:15 am

    I am all for a pop of colour and I prefer to have three colours in an outfit instead of two, even four if I can manage that (seldom). Not all in large quantities but for instance blue shoes and blue earrings, a white shirt, grey trousers and a yellow belt and bag. (Did this once.) It jazzes up an outfit.

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