8-28-16 This Week: The Power of Accessories

August 29, 2016, 4:21 pm by MSP


This week: The Power of Accessories

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what exactly makes some women so stylish, while others not so much. Every time this question pops into my mind, I come to the same conclusion-it’s the accessories that make all the difference. Yes, accessories are that powerful!


For example, say you and I are wearing identical outfits. Our basic outfits will look completely different depending upon how we each put together our look using our choice of accessories, shoes, and handbags. Every woman has her own unique spin or take on accessories...and that's a good thing! It's how you accessorize your outfits shows off your uniqueness and personality.



THIS WEEK: Learn some flattering techniques that will help you accessorize your outfits in a pleasing manner...

More is not necessarily better!



Similar: Coldwater Creek Beaded Tassel Pendant Necklace



Not sure how to accessorize your outfits? No worries. That’s what this week at MissusSmartyPants will show you...various ways you can use accessories. You will see a variety of chic ideas that will help you improve your style. Not every accessory is for every woman, but having so many examples to choose from...you’ll soon discover new ways to use accessories to complete your outfit. After all, it's the accessories that make a woman more stylish!


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Pssst! Guess what's coming next week?!

MSP's Big Fall Preview Part One & Two! Posting dates: 9/8 & 9/15 

It's time to sit in your shorts and tank top and plan your fall wardrobe!

Get MSP's latest fall planner full of the latests colors and trends for this fall 2016! Be sure to sign up with MSP...


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week’s mission is to GET one item that is still missing from your closet or makeup drawer. This week, go out and get just one item, then mark it off your list! Don’t get carried away-get only 1 item you need (okay, maybe two of them, lol!).

What's is still on your wardrobe list?


Here are a few suggestions of what your closet or makeup drawer might still be missing:

__A set of makeup brushes. (Or, wash your makeup brushes w/ gentle face wash...btw, when was the last time you cleaned them?)

__Get a pair of Soma's “Vanishing Edge” panties! Soma Vanishing Edge Cotton/Modal Blend Brief

__Update your bra! Get a supportive bra (including a professional fit) at Nordstrom. They have the BEST selection like this pretty one: Wacoal Basic Beauty Underwire Contour Bra-5 colors!

__Take your pants or skirts that need alterations to the tailor this week for hemming or mending.

__Update your “Style File” (3-ring notebook with style articles, style photos, etc.). Add new fall articles that inspire you.

__Purchase a colorful scarf in your Seasonal Colors...It will be the first thing you'll wear this fall!


I’m sure there are other things you can think of. Just make a list, then see which item(s) you can "check" off from your list. There's no hurry...after all, it's a style journey!

Love, Leslie MSP

Dear MissusSmartyPants...

Dear MissusSmartyPants,
I've been a subscriber since June, and I think I'm 'getting it'! The other day I tried dressing 'casual chic' with items already in my closet and while I may not have hit the bull’s-eye, at least I was on the board! I was at the mall today and for the first time in my life, I was consistently seeing how clothes can work together to create outfits! This is so exciting!

I was also raving about you to my friend, and I think she will sign up too! We're both new moms with kids under three, but we still want to look our best without spending a lot of money. For us, that means finding pieces that work multiple ways, and also are practical and comfortable since we're moving around a lot with the kids.

I do have a question: I live in a warmer climate and am struggling with layering for fall. In summer when it's 90 or 100 degrees I don't want to wear a jacket, sweater, or scarf, and most of the year it's over 80 degrees and I don't really want to layer then either! I'm an A profile which I guess means no thin strappy tank tops, so I feel like that limits my options. Do you have any advice for me and others in warmer climates?

Also, I would love to see a 'baby steps to MSP' similar to Flylady's babysteps. As someone who has had no fashion interest or sense for most of my life, it has been a bit overwhelming to try to figure out where to start. I purged my closet and found some great jeans that fit me well, but I'm not sure where to go from here to figure out my style or round out my wardrobe.

Sorry this is so long, but I have to also say thank you so much for what you do! I don't have the time to hunt down the fashion tips you provide in your e-mails, so if it weren't for you and FlyLady, I would probably still be in my maternity sweats and flip-flops several years from now! You have both helped me change my life for the better.

Thank you so much! Please sign me: New Mom in Texas
MSP HERE: Dear New Mom in Texas,
I’m so happy to hear you are ‘getting it’. Style certainly does take some trial and error and we don’t get things ‘right’ every time, and that’s okay.
I believe that every morning when we decide what to wear, it is much more than just putting on clothes, it’s an opportunity to express who we are.
To answer your style question about dressing in a very warm climate, you are limited in your choices due to the heat. Instead of trying to wear scarves, lightweight jackets and such, it’s best to play up your style with COLOR. For example, look for ballet flats in bright colors, large rainbow striped totes, colorful bottoms or floral skirts. You get the idea: wearing less is more when the heat is on.
I do understand when you start a journey of improved style and begin dressing for your body type; it can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you use FlyLady’s philosophy of “one babystep at a time” you will begin to have “AHA” moments where understanding more about style makes sense.
4 tips to get your style to come together:
1. Start with a closet purge. Remove what you are not wearing, so you can see what IS being worn (you are probably only wearing 20% of what’s in your closet).
2. Review the weekly shopping guides for your body type. This is the best way to help you understand which clothes flatter and balance your shape best (and why).
3. Read (and save for future reference) the weekly Style Articles. They will give you very specific style: like understanding the basics of body proportion, dressing an undefined waist, how to select the right shoe for what you are wearing, and more!
4. Use my List of Wardrobe Basics (posted in each Personal Profile) to help you build your list of essentials every woman should have. There are lots of great style tips listed there to help you as well.
Please enjoy your style journey because this is something every woman needs to do for herself. Remember: it’s not about the destination, but the journey itself.
Love, Leslie MSP