Blogging around the Internet recently, I ran across the idea of a 16 point rule of accessorizing. Hadn’t I blogged about that before? (Before I actually became accessory positive, that is?) I couldn’t find that I had, although I remember discussing it with my sister and her friend Dana; I also had an idea where it originated.
In the classic,Casual Power:: How to Power Up Your Nonverbal Communication & Dress Down for Success, Empowerment Consultant Sherry Maysonave recommends a Professional Image Point System.
A classy, professional image does not score over 10 to 12 points for any outfit. Here’s how my point system works: … Give each item of clothing one point. In addition, count your shoes as one point and earrings as one. Then count your watch, or any belt, ring, bracelet, necklace, or scarf that you’re wearing as one point each. All accessories (including hair ornaments) get one point each.
Sherry Maysonave (1999)
Times have changed. A couple of years ago, Karen, an Image Consultant in The Great Northwest, put out an updated version of the classic “16 points accessory rule”. I love that your hair counts as an accessory if you have received a compliment on it in the last two weeks! OTOH, I still feel like, even with glasses and always wearing a belt, 16 is way too many points for me.
So here is my analysis of the matter: level of embellishment is a distinct element of personal style idiom. Do you feel over- or under- embellished? If so, you may wish to count your “points”. If not, you may also wish to count your points; the range you are in may be just right for you.