Lesson Four of Big Little Wolf’s sensational style series at Divorced Women Online introduces us to the importance of accessories in personalizing an ensemble. According to Big Little Wolf, “Accessories should enhance your appearance, make sense with your style, and tell your stories.” Emphasizing the love of the French for quality and individuality, Wolf focuses on the concept of the “signature accessory.”
So back into my closet I went for an exploration of my own accessories. I’ve already admitted that my handbags are a bore. And my shoes? Forget about it. While I steadily build my scarf collection, I thought one area of my accessories held promise: my jewelry.
So into my jewelry box(es) I went.
First step, organization. I had unceremoniously stashed all of my jewelry in a big shopping bag when the top of my dresser was converted to a makeshift changing table for Tiny Baby. And, in the year since he was born, I had worn the same pair of diamond stud earrings just about every day. When I was feeling really fancy, I would throw on a simple pendant necklace.
I know, I’m wild.
So I knew it was time to reacquaint myself with my jewelry collection. I opened every box and baggy, untangled necklaces, matched earrings with their mates, and reminded myself of what I have.
The big observations:
- Silver, silver, silver. Just about everything I have is silver. While I do have a few gold pieces left from the days of yore (including my high school class ring!), my taste runs distinctly toward the platinum, sterling silver, and white gold.
- Almost everything I have was a gift.
- I don’t have much, but I like what I have.
As glad as I was to be reintroduced to my things, I was initially a bit hard-pressed to come up with any signature pieces. My accessory style has always tended toward the same direction as my clothing style: clean, classic, (perhaps overly) simple. I rarely wear anything other than stud earrings and a basic necklace.
What’s so signature about that?
Two items, though, caught my eye and with them I saw the first strokes of a signature:
Parisian Black Pearl necklace & bracelet: Husband gave me this necklace for my birthday in 2008 and the matching bracelet a few months later when Tiny Baby was born. (Sweet Husband.) I love the – wait for it – classic simplicity of the set, but I think the metallic periwinkle color (perhaps my favorite of all colors) offers a playful twist on the traditional white pearl.
I also love that I can wear these pieces alone or together, with a dress for a formal occasion (and you know my life is just chock full of those formal occasions!) or with a t-shirt and jeans for the more common, less formal ones.
These pieces are pretty and familiar, yet unique. Indeed the makings of a signature accessory.
Charm bracelet: My mother-in-law and sister-in-law teamed up to give me the beginnings of this bracelet shortly after Big Boy was born. Inspired by their gift, I unearthed my childhood charm bracelet and added a few of the still meaningful charms from it. My mother then offered me a charm from my now deceased grandmother’s charm bracelet to round out the piece.
I love that the bracelet tells the story of the most important chapters in my life: my birth; my First Communion; my days as a student, a basketball player, and a teacher; my wedding day; our first home; and my two children. I also appreciate the way in which so many of the special women in my life collaborated to create it for me, giving me another piece that is considered a classic, but is unique to me.
What is your signature accessory? Does your accessory taste toward the simple or the more showy?