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Sunday, 3 November 2019

Transform A Boring Outfit with Just Three Accessories

Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon in an outfit transformed with three accessories
I'm as guilty as the next person of throwing on an outfit on dark wintry mornings and then cursing later how boring it is.

I liked the colours and print of this Mistral skirt from last winter and purposely bought a blue cashmere cardigan to wear with it this year. So this was my intention, adding burgundy ankle boots and a cream silk blouse. Arriving at work, I realised the outfit looked dull, dull, dull.

Here's how I transformed it with just three accessories.

I normally wear cropped cashmere cardigans: the longer version can make us look frumpy, and it adds quite a few years.  Below, the "before."
Over 50s fashion blogger Gail Hanlon shows a boring outfit which makes her look frumpy. By adding three accessories she improves the line and feel
First, I unbuttoned the cardigan. Then I added long blue boots.  Ankle boots are less trendy this year. They're better worn with trousers or jeans.  With skirts, the new longer boots, particularly with round toes, have the edge.
Over 50s style blogger Is This Mutton transforms a skirt and cardigan by adding long boots, a necklace and a wide belt
I rummaged in my jewellery box and found a suitable blue necklace I'd forgotten I have, and a blue sapphire ring I bought second-hand in Plymouth last weekend.

Finally I cinched my waist with a wide blue belt. Belts of all descriptions are very in this winter, and this wide one instantly reinstated my waist and made me look slimmer.

Et voila, the outfit made less boring.
Over-50s fashion blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton shows how a formerly boring outfit of a print skirt and long cardigan is improved with a wide belt, necklace and long round toed boots
Of course, I might be deluding myself and you may all be thinking the original was better!  Give me your thoughts in the comments.  Do you have any other tips for great accessories that will instantly transform an outfit?

Disclosure: nothing was gifted for this post. I use affiliate links to show you what I'm wearing (or similar), and I get a couple of pence if you click through. 

Outfit details:  boots,  skirt from Mistral (old) - I like this one from their new range; cashmere cardigan 

I'm back on Tuesday with Sentence a Day and on Wednesday with #WowOnWednesday. Hope you can join me.

Sharing this post with: Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, Style with a Smile at Style Splash, Ageless Style at A Pocketful of Polka Dots, Turning Heads Tuesday at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, the Weekly Link Up at Claire Justine, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb,  #SpreadtheKindness at Shelbee on the Edge, Mutton Style, #AnythingGoes at My Random Musings





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