I enjoyed the FABruary Style Challenge so much - though some days proved particularly challenging! - that I was delighted when Imogen decided to have another Style Challenge in April. I was also relieved when I saw that, instead of having to wear something specific each day, there was to be a different theme each week. As you can see from my heading, the theme for the first week is "Accessorize".
When I was younger accessories didn't have a large role to play in my wardrobe. I suspect that my husband wishes that things hadn't changed, as my shoes keep teetering towards his side of the wardrobe! As I get older I have realised that too many dark colours don't flatter me, though I know the value of good quality basics that don't date, so I use accessories to brighten up my look.
On Monday I wore my navy trench coat and navy jeans when we went out, which on their own might have looked a bit dull. However I slung this green satchel over my shoulder and tied a multi-coloured scarf around my neck, which contained green and blue amongst other colours, so the overall effect was brighter and even (dare I say it?) slightly on-trend! I bought the bag last year and was pleased to see that green was to be one of the key colours for Spring, as I have never considered myself to be a trend-setter before!
Today my accessory was a scarf that I have owned for many years and never tire of, as it contains some of my favourite colours. I decided to make the scarf the focus of today's outfit, so wore a top and some trousers that matched it. I think that my overall look is improved by wearing this simple scarf, which pulls together an outfit that otherwise would have looked like I had grabbed the first two things that I had come across.
Do you have a favourite accessory that you wear to brighten up your basics? I think it's a great way for those of us who are over 60 to look more up-to-date without appearing to be fashion victims.