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Quick Guide: Accessorizing In The Winter

By Carol

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Completing a winter outfit with the right accessories can be tricky. It’s colder, you’re bundled up, and less skin is showing. How can you showcase accessories without them getting lost in your layers? Here are ways accessorizing can highlight and add polish your cold weather outfits.

Highlight Your Face

The face won’t be covered up so let’s be sure attention is heading its way. Try these ideas:

Strong earrings. Clustered jeweled earrings, sparkly studs or hoop earrings (in your best metals) are a good choice. They will bring even more attention to your face when you have short hair or you’re wearing your hair in an up-do.

Wide brimmed hats. These can add a dramatic mystique to a winter outfit as well as protect from winter showers or winter sunburns when in high altitudes.

Great lipstick color. A pop of color when it’s gray outside adds warmth and polish to your face. Deep berry colors or bright reds add excitement to your outfit.

Highlight Your Neckline

The neckline is an easy area to adorn in order to bring more focus to your face. Try these ideas:

A scarf. This accessory adds character depending on your choice of print, pattern or color, plus it adds an additional layer of warmth. Choose one in this season’s bold reds or jeweled tones or find one in a dark floral print or a non-traditional plaid. You can also layer two oblong scarves – one in a print, one in a flattering solid color – for an interesting look.

Collar necklace. Add a pearl or jeweled collar necklace to the top of cashmere sweaters or at the neckline of a minimalist high-necked dress or simple blouse. This extra touch adds interest, drama or a hint of femininity.

Bare skin. A deep, wide, or asymmetrical neckline on a dress or blouse adds unexpected drama in the winter. The exposed skin can be all the accessorizing you need for some outfits. But have a scarf on hand just in case you need to cover up for warmth.

Highlight Your Torso

By adding a focal point to the torso, you bring attention to feminine curves or emphasis to a silhouette. Try these ideas:

Brooches. Add one, two, or three brooches to the lapel of a winter coat or jacket, to a cardigan, or a menswear inspired long vest. Or spruce up your formal wear by adding a jeweled cluster brooch to the neckline or to the fabric belt on a lace dress.

Long pendant. Added to a sleek sweater or a silk blouse or tunic, this accessory is a simple and sophisticated way to add interest. That long line that you’re creating is also sliming. You may want to layer a few long chains along with that pendant for more style.

Belted coat. Do the unexpected and change belts on coats that come with their own self-belt. Whether a thick patent black belt or a python print belt in green and brown shades, adding your own belt to your outerwear adds surprise and shows your creativity at work.

Highlight Your Hands & Arms

We’re often waving our arms as we express ourselves. Accessorizing your wrist or the parts of your hands and arms that are exposed is the perfect solution? Try these ideas:

Gloves. Long or short gloves in bright, bold colors or animal print patterns are functional for cold weather (especially with ¾ sleeved jackets) and they had flair to your outfit.

Bangles. Bangles or metal cuffs are a great addition when wearing long-sleeved dresses, jackets or coats with sleeves that hit just above the wrist. Mix metals in multiple loose bangles or wear a cuff at your wrist that’s jeweled, beaded or studded.

Great handbag. A bright colored bag can be all the accent color you need in an outfit. If it’s your everyday bag, go for a darker color, as it will show less wear over the months. But think about a second bag in a berry tone, gold, or turquoise. Color shakes things up if you’re getting bored. A jeweled or sequined clutch is festive for events or nights out.

Highlight Your Legs

Tights. A textured or colorful pair of tights can be the perfect compliment to your pencil skirts. Adding a pop of color in your tights under a shoe or pair of boots would liven up your ensemble, particularly if you tend to wear more gray and black in the winter.


Don’t let the winter, rain, cold weather or gray days keep you from finding ways to add life, personality, and interest to your wardrobe. The fall and winter months are a great way to up your accessorizing game.

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I'm a 50 years young curvy fashionista enjoying my "second life." I'm a wife, mom of 3 and 1 goldendoodle. I'm a recovering attorney, accidental professor, successful jewelry stylist, and ...