My accessories used to be my pride and joy. I loved going to thrift stores and vintage shops and finding awesome beaded necklaces or some adorable must-have earrings. There was a time I just could not pass up a clearance jewelry section without coming away with something, anything. Combine that with my love of crafting things, and I had more accessories than any person could ever need.
I loved showing up to events with that statement necklace that made the fashionistas coo. Nothing tickled me more than someone saying “Oh my gosh! I LOVE that bracelet!” I never spent a ton of money on clothes or accessories, but I loved feeling like I had an eye for picking out those pieces that got people talking. Sometimes I’d reveal my secret…”oh THIS? I picked it up in a great vintage store for 2 bucks! Can you believe it??” Or I’d say “you wouldn’t believe how easy it was to make!” And sometimes I’d just chuckle on the inside at their awe over my low cost trinket.
And now, my overflowing jewelry boxes, accessories hangers, ring bowls, necklace trees, and various other random organizers reflect just how bad my addiction once was. I have crap EVERYWHERE! But the funny thing is…now I rarely if ever wear any of those things that I once just HAD to have.
Lately I have taken on a new accessories philosophy, and I didn’t even do it with the intention of scaling back. But luckily, this new philosophy just so happens to fit my current quest towards minimalism. I’ve fallen in love with dainty and simple. Now I coo over mini hearts or tiny studs, or…if I’m being fancy, a necklace with my monogram in it. I keep things simple. Faux diamond studs, small gold heart necklace, and maybe a bangle or two if I’m feeling saucy. When I’m dressy, I pull out my faux pearls. When I’m casual, my small gold ball earrings. Simple, basic, and dainty make me feel far more fashionable than some oversized, multi-layered shenannigan hanging from my neck. And honestly, I still get compliments on my accessories, but I just don’t care about that like I used to.
Occasionally I may pull out one of my necklaces from accessories past. But 95% of the time, I stick to my simple pearl necklace or my dainty studs. This takes up way less space, is easier to keep organized, and saves me money. My need to constantly purchase is gone, and now all of my jewelry fits nicely in a dish on my dresser. Isn’t this better??
One thing that helped me scale back in the accessories department was my love of hearts. I bought a silver heart necklace and a gold heart necklace, and one day I realized I wore those two necklaces almost all the time. I also have a love of pearls (my birthstone) and I also loved things with my name or initials on it (cue my inner Laverne De Fazio). So knowing these things about my jewelry preferences helped keep me from falling back into the trap of purchasing any and every accessory that I ran across. I guess I sort of established a jewelry identity. And now I don’t purchase anything that falls outside of my dainty, heart, pearl, initials, identity realm. I guess for me, my statement pieces became things that speak to my personality, but do it more in a whisper, not an all out scream. lol.
Try to minimize your jewelry collection. Find things that define you, that speak to your personality. Keep the pieces you select simple, and you’ll find that when it is time to head out for the day, you will want to wear things that you identify with, not just things that are the right color for the outfit you have on. Here are a few things around the web that I think are cute, simple, yet adorable.
Establish your accessories identity and use it to simplify your jewelry. Let me know how you do!