thumbnail_2Dallas Teague Snider talks with Darlene Real Higginbotham for her podcast Purpose Without Limits. Dallas and Darlene talk about her passion to help others shine through their appearance. Clothes are not only an escape from the everyday stresses of life, but can be an emotional burden. Darlene works with others to help them unclutter their thinking and their closets when it comes to finding their unique sense of style.

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Riverchase Galleria & Darlene Real-Higginbotham Presents: Prom Jam

Use accessories to bump up your basic black

Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 2:00 PM     Updated: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 3:11 PM

You’ve been invited to another holiday function and you claim you don’t have a thing to wear.

If you have basic black in your closet, problem solved. All you have to do is use accessories to give your outfit a new look.

“Accessories are like tinsel. They are the last thing you put on to give you that holiday sparkle,” said Birmingham stylist and fashion expert Darlene Real Higginbotham of Appearance Matters Inc. 

“Some of the hottest accessories this holiday season are rhinestone necklaces, scarves, belts, large stone bracelets, embellished headbands, chunky rings, pearls and fur wraps and vests,” she said.

“Preparation is everything. When we prepare, then, we feel much more confident.”

And don’t worry if you don’t like black. Colors such as all gray, all brown or all winter white, are other options to consider as a clothing canvas before you accessorize.