Details Make a Difference!
As we continue to discover how to pack fast, the right accessories can take a sparse wardrobe and give it flair and flexibility. Here are a few ideas on how to do that.
Scarves have become a viable fashion accessory, since they weigh next to nothing, are easy to pack and can be worn numerous ways. People are easily intimidated by how to tie a scarf. Here are a few simple ideas to help you work magic with fabric.
- Use sheer,filmy or lightweight silky material.
- Large 40”+ square scarves work well as shawls, shells and sarongs.
- Oblong scarves (12” x 60”) are easiest to work with. They can be…
- tucked behind the collar of a jacket or blouse, cascading down in front
- draped over one shoulder and secured with a safety pin from underneath
- draped across the neck with the ends flowing down the back
- twisted as tight as possible from end to end, then brought together to form a unique rope necklace
- looped in half with the ends threaded through the loop to give a winter muffler effect
- tied to your handbag to make a chic fashion statement
Keep in mind that scarves are the toys of fashion and are meant to be played with. So have fun – the possibilities are endless. For more ideas of how to tie a scarf in 30 seconds or less, check out my DVD “Simply Scarves.” You will learn ways to turn a scarf into a shirt, skirt, and a shrug. (http://jillswanson.com/products-books.htm#book)
Jewelry will finish off the look of an outfit with ease. The trick is keeping it accessible and planning ahead. Store small earrings and small pieces of jewelry in a jewelry bag, or I sometimes use a 7-day pill organizer with snap-down lids or my favorite: small 2” craft baggies with zip tops and then tuck them in the pocket of the outfit you plan to wear them with.
Thread necklaces through a drinking straw to prevent them from tangling. Do not pack your best gold, diamonds and precious gems. I rarely consider wearing these good pieces when I’m on the road. Jewelry is among the most common items stolen from hotel rooms, left on the sink, or lost.
And don’t forget the sunglasses!
Jill Swanson, owner of Beauty Made Easy, image coach, style consultant, national speaker, and the author of Out the Door in 15 Minutes, Simply Beautiful Inside & Out, Simply Scarves, and Simply Closets.