Teach-me-how-to-be-a-girl filter: I do not understand how to accessorize. Hold my hand and show me how it's done.
No matter how many fashion blogs I read or how much attention I pay to how stylish people dress, I cannot seem to internalize anything. I've concluded that mere observation and a list of rules isn't enough; I need to understand how a stylish person approaches
the process of getting dressed. Let's put aside clothing for the time being (too difficult) and focus on accessorizing. I do not understand how to coordinate half a dozen different accoutrements while negotiating the narrow waters between too-matchy Barbie Island and too-clashy Eighties Archipelago.
And this is where you, fashionable Mefite, come in! I'm going to show you an outfit; you explain how you would approach accessorizing it if you were me, focusing on the process and logic behind your decisions. Links to sample items would be great, especially if accompanied by an explanation of which characteristics make those items ideal.
So I bought this dress
to wear to a wedding in June. (It actually looks quite nice in person, despite the $25 price tag.) I have no idea where to even begin, but I need to fill in the following syntagmatic slots:
(I would prefer to wear the silver strappy heels that I already own, since shoes are the most expensive and difficult thing to add, but feel free to supply hypotheticals as well)
(I already own a very simple pewter fake-croc clutch, which once again I'd prefer to use)
(I am very petite but buxom, so I think the dress would be more flattering with a wide belt instead of the same-fabric sash that it came with)
(Go wild here; no constraints other than that I have a skinny neck so necklaces are always longer than me than on normal people.)
(I've recently started getting into these; I have short, curly hair that I can't do anything with in terms of styling, so fascinators are a good way to "dress up" my hair a bit for special occasions.)
To give you a sense of my personal "style" (if it could be called that), were money no object, my entire wardrobe would be from Anthropologie. My budget is, sadly, more on the Forever 21 order of magnitude. But I am relatively crafty, so feel free to point out more expensive items that I could attempt to replicate on the cheap.
Oh, and if my coloring is relevant, I am pale and cool-toned, with dark brown hair.