The other day I was musing in my journal pages. I asked this question: What makes an outfit interesting?
Why strive for interesting?
“Interesting” catches attention, draws people in, gets you noticed. At my age, I feel an exuberant drive to show up in the world, to have presence. I don’t ever want to play into the image of an older woman fading away and becoming invisible. I’ve been an unwavering advocate for women 40, 50, 60, and 70 to express themselves, to be radiant to joyful in their outfits. It’s good for our personal self-esteem and it’s good for society as a whole to see women glowing in their own style spotlight.
Focal points create the way into an outfit
One of the techniques I use every single day with myself and my clients is creating focal points. An outfit needs a focal point. It stimulates the message you’re sending with your outfit. It radiates energy and creates interest. It allows an outsider to enjoy the whole outfit you created. A focal point can lead to lots of “You look great” comments which is also wonderful for our self-esteem, right?
If like me, you have a wardrobe of mostly great basics as opposed to a closet full of novelty items, accessories are essential tools for creating the focal point your outfit needs.
Necklaces make great focal points
Whether it’s a necklace that has some volume to it already, just as it is, or you create your own “necklace” by clustering a few of them together, it’s the perfect tool to create interest in you and your outfit.
In the group of three necklaces above, the blue group is actually made up of three necklaces which I hugged together when I fastened them in the back of my neck. I wanted them to look like one necklace. The other two necklaces (the orange and clay colored one and the one full of floral clusters made of metal) came that way. They are masterful at creating interest. (Thank you beautiful necklaces!)
Sometimes I have to cluster necklaces to get a strong enough focal point. In the outfits above a single necklace wouldn’t have been enough. Because I didn’t have one grand necklace that worked with the leopard print dress I created a focal point and interest by using a few necklaces that related to one another. I created a three-tiered group that shared two main colors: gold and black. They are different in scale. I put the largest one in the middle and flanked it on either side with the finer ones. They all have shine and luster which helps give more design weight and presence to the group. I’d never combined these before but I really like the effect.
The necklaces on the white cutout blouse have color and metal in common: silver tones (including gunmetal) and white (wood beads on one and pearls on one). They are all about the same length and they all have pendant drops. I’ve clustered them near the nape of my neck. I like how they rest on the white top inside the “V” shape created by the jacket which buttons right under the bustline. I don’t care that they are falling on top of one another. It’s part of the messy necklace look that is so popular right now.
Okay, dear friends! Would you share how you use necklaces to create interest in your outfits? I’m all ears!