My friend Jess shared a friend’s rules for accessories. I hadn’t heard of this, but I love it! Note: all comments included in the text are presumably from the original author.
Part 2: The 5 Point System
This is a little trick my friend told me she learned from her mom. How can you accessorize without looking gaudy and overdone? You use the 5 point system — i.e., every accessory equals a certain amount of points and you should never go over 5 points. Here’s some guidelines:
♦Earrings: Studs = 1 pt, large or chunky hoops = 2 pts
♦Necklaces and Bracelets: slender/small = 1pt, large/chunky = 2pts
♦Hair accessories: 1 pt each. In the case of my hair accessory today, I gave it 3 pts — 2 pts because of the loud color and 1 pt for the bronze detail
♦Watch: 1 pt or 2 pts if extra large/loud
♦Belt: 1 pt
♦Wedding Rings: I never count these as points!
♦Shoes: You’re supposed to count these as points, but I never do. I say the higher the heel, the better!
♦Bags: Again, you’re supposed to assess points, but I say the more texture the better. Besides, are you really going to drag your bag with you everywhere you go? No, you’re going to give it its own chair! 😉
Gosh, I’ve always considered myself a light accessorizer, but according to this list, even if I skip shoes, bag and wedding ring, I NEVER leave the house without a total of four points – EVER. I’m assuming scarves also should be included, so there are times I roll out with pushing TEN points. Yowza. Again, that’s without adding shoes or a bag.
What you can’t see: a gold dress watch, two small, gold bracelets on the right arm, the wedding band (doesn’t count) and another ring on the right hand. That’s four points right off the bat.
These are the earrings, so I’m quite sure they’re two points. They are definitely my flashiest, biggest pair, but I lurvers them. They’re pushing “vintage” status; I believe I bought them to wear for the first New Years Eve the Knight attended as a married couple, but I’m not positive.
That brings us to six points already. I also carried a small, black wristlet and wore flashy gold shoes, but no one saw those unless I raised my skirt off the floor to show them off. The dress had a matching wrap, so I don’t know whether that counts as an accessory or not, so I’m somewhere between six and nine points, and frankly, I think the outfit could have used a necklace, which would have been another two points, and had I worn beaded barrettes to hold back my hair, we’d have been at a whopping 13 points or so.
I honestly don’t know that I’ve EVER been over accessorized in my life, but 13 points sure is a long way from five. What say you?