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Accessories: Dressing Intentionally Part Four

 

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We are back for Part Four of our Dressing Intentionally series.  I have already convicted myself of so many areas I can work on in my life.  It’s funny how doing little things can make a BIG difference.  Today I am going to share with you one thing I have started wearing that I believe makes a big difference.

Accessories

Every girl loves them.  Every girl wants more of them.  Most girls have way too many of them.

I’m one of those ones who probably has too much jewelry and not enough “other” accessories.  I love jewelry.

Jewelry can take the drabbest outfit and turn it into something amazing.  Case in point.  Here are two pictures of me wearing the same shirt with different accessories.  One picture (the beach one) I love and the other I could throw out and be quite happy never to see again.

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Let me add, too, that glasses are an accessory, so choose wisely when you pick them out.  Haha.  I’m wearing two different pairs of glasses in these photos as well and I have to say there is a difference on how they fit my face.  One pair makes me feel frumpy, I won’t say which but you can probably figure it out!

Now in the first picture, I have earrings on, but my necklace is just a thin chain (I’m not sure what the pendent was since I have my hand on it).  My hair is not at its best and the hair elastic on my wrist really doesn’t work as a bracelet.

In the second picture, I have on a pearl necklace, simple diamond stud earrings, and my hair is done in a nice style.  You can tellPsalm 4513 which one I feel frumpy and grumpy in (oh, horrors, that first picture is my wedding rehearsal!)

The first week I shared this verse from Psalm 45.  While I don’t expect us to dress like a princess every day, adding accessories to a “frumpy” outfit can make it into a piece of art.  Do a search on Google of celebrities and you’ll find that most of the time when they are photographed wearing sweatpants/sweatshirts they have a necklace, earrings, nice watch or bracelets, and most often, sunglasses!  They look stunning.  Even in a sweatshirt!  And so can we!

Scarves can take the place of a necklace so quickly.  I have recently gotten into wearing infinity scarves, lightweight, small ones, that fit nicely on my neck and don’t add height to my chest area.  I actually just got one from So Sew Organized that I LOVE.   I got this last weekend when the shop owner, Nicole, came to the Ladies Retreat I attended (nothing like delivery, haha).  Here’s a picture of us together.  I’m wearing a nice white, lacey-looking scarf, and Nicole has on another from her shop that is striped (and that I am in love with as well, haha).

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Notice the Jean Jacket that Nicole is wearing?  I had one on earlier that day, too, but it got too warm for me.  I have recently decided that jean jackets are also an accessory.  My husband begged me to buy one after one of the missionary wives that our church supports wore one during a week of meetings in the fall.  He just loved the look.  I have since found that, although jean jackets can be worn during semi-warm weather, they can also be used in the cold weather in place of a sweater for a completely different look.  And the nice thing is that they seem to complement every body type.  Now, I do think that the stone-washed denim has a nicer, casual, “accessory” look to it than the dark denim.  Having said that, I was only able to find a dark denim jacket when I went looking but there are ways of making it look lighter – wash it a few times to wear out the dye; add a rock or piece of pumice stone for a more stone-washed looked – I tried it and, although, it didn’t come out looking like Nicole’s jacket, I’m happier with it than I was…I could probably run it through the wash a few more times to lighten it even more.

Bags and Sunglasses.  How can you talk about accessorizing without talking about bags and sunglasses?  I despair with sunglasses.  I wear glasses so I can’t wear nice or fun sunglasses.  I have some clip on’s that fit over my glasses so I can kind of get the look, but it’s not quite the same.  But, seriously, if you’re going out somewhere, having the right bag/purse to match your outfit is a good option for looking great.  It’s not absolutely necessary so it’s often something that gets left out, but if you get the chance (look in thrift stores and online) look for ones that will match outfits you own.

Nail Polish.  I know, you’re probably saying, Seriously?  Yes, I’m serious.  In a church I attended a few years ago there was a lady that I was friends with who was from Pakistan.  She told me that because of the way they dress over there (being so much more covered than we are here), they always paint their toe nails.  She said she would never go out without nail polish on her toes, even in winter!  I’m not advocating that you start painting finger nails, because a lot of people are turned off by that.  If you like it, go for it.  I don’t think finger nails are necessary.  However, with summer coming (at least we hope it is here in the True North Strong and Free), we tend to go barefoot a lot and having our nails nicely manicured (even without polish) just makes you look nicer.  I actually bought myself two new colours for spring specifically to match outfits.  I rarely buy nail polish and have been working off the same three or four colours for about eight years.  Yeah, I know it’s not supposed to last that long, haha.  I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m cheap.  I got a coupon this spring for Sally Hanson so that would be why I actually splurged on it.

Hats and Headbands.  A lot of people don’t like to wear them and that’s fine.  We should make sure, though, that our hair is nicely combed and, really, out of your face is always a good option although not completely necessary.

Shoes.  This is a no-brainer for most girls.  We like shoes.  We like shoes to be comfy.   We like shoes to be stylin’.  We like shoes!

And last, but not least,

Make-Up.  Okay, I know a lot of people don’t wear make-up.  I don’t, personally, wear a ton.  My usual regimen consists of some eye-liner, although lately, I’ve been adding a bit of eye shadow, some bronzer, and sometimes lip stick (but I usually only do this when I go to church…gasp, I know).   I asked one of my favorite fashion bloggers if she had any advice in this area, because she always looks gorgeous!  And Olivia, from Fresh Modesty, sent me this video to share with you all on her daily make-up regimen (LESS THAN 5 minutes!).  Take note of her comments near the end on why a Christian should/can wear make-up.

These accessories are all great additions to our wardrobe that will help us to dress more intentionally.  Dressing Intentionally will show others that we care about ourselves and about our position as daughters of the King!  Our goal should always be to bring honour and glory to the One who created us, not to ourselves.  Although, dressing frumpy can cause us to be grumpy, it should not be our motivation for dressing well.  Our motivation should always be to bring praise to the Lord.  I don’t know how much more I can stress that concept.  It means dying to self and living for Him.   It’s not easy.  Some mornings I still have to force myself to dress nicely because it’s so much easier to throw on “comfy” clothes.  We have to consistently work at this, same as we have to work at everything else, so that we can be lights in this world for the Lord.

I hope this series has been an encouragement and a help to you.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment on the post.

Happy May!

Amanda Cunningham

Amanda worked as a full-time school teacher for two years before getting married and having two wonderful kids.She blogs about faith, family, food, and fun.While crafting takes up a lot of her extra time, Amanda also strives to help others through ministry in her church and in the community.Amanda, also known as Mae, works as the church music director and is hoping to start tutoring and teaching music again in the days to come.

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2 thoughts on “Accessories: Dressing Intentionally Part Four

  1. Great Post Amanda! Nicole’s scarf looks beautiful on you too! I had to laugh when you were talking about the nail polish…I think I have one color and I bought it when I was in college…I’m not going to tell you how many years ago that was, but I have an 11 year old son born several years after I graduated, so that may give you a hint! LOL
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    1. Haha…glad I’m not the only one on that score! Nicole’s scarves are the perfect weight! My new favorite accessory, =)

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