There’s no denying that accessories have the ability to make or break an outfit: a fancy frock can fall flat with an unflattering shoe, while denim can prove evening-appropriate when paired with an embellished bag or a satin kitten heel. It’s for this reason they’re worth some extra consideration. Here are some tips for successful accessorizing.
Don’t save things for best: There are two sides to this particular cost-per-wear debate: if you’ve invested in something special, to keep it pristine it’s best to save it for rare occasions, and on the other hand, wearing something often is the best way to get your money’s worth, and if it’s a special piece, it’s a no-brainer outfit elevator.
Pick expensive-looking accessories that allow you to get away with wearing more casual looks to evening events.
Don’t underestimate the impact of jewelry: A great necklace and earrings make a more casual ensemble look much more considered, and this season’s oversized gold necklace is perfect for that. Though layering fine styles offers the same impact but in a delicate way. Thick pieces like clunky signet rings and curb chain necklaces are great if your typical style is casual and they add an interesting talking point. You can also go for quirky gold hoops, and coin necklaces, while generous, abstract styles are fantastic with anything. They include graphic resin earrings to heavy metal hoops being part of your chic new look. Don’t shy away from mis-match styles, embrace longer lengths and be sure to stick to just one accessory when taking on the trend.
Think about texture clashing: Mismatched textures, like velvet and satin with mock-croc or patent leather add another element to an otherwise minimal look. Clashing textures can be quite playful and allows you the space to have fun with your outfits. For example, pair a suede flip flop with jeans, a leather bag and a chunky jumper.
Be wary of fad trends: If you’re thinking of dipping your toe into a trend, accessories are often the easiest way to add a modern touch to older pieces, but it’s worth considering longevity to ensure you’re not splashing out on something flash-in-the-pan.
Hence, you have to invest in accessories that naturally suit your style as you won’t need to think about how or when you’ll wear them.
Match everything: Anything with shine matches up perfectly. Sling a gold cuff over a black long sleeve knit to instantly soften your look. Metal belts worn over white shirts, multiple fine hoop earrings worn together or a silver block heel shoe; elevate your look with ease and opt for dazzling accessories.
You can even make your finishing touches stand out by choosing contrasting shades where possible; pair a white midi skirt with a black heel or a white clutch against a striped shirt.
Embrace colour: Take on as much or as little as you like. Be it a block colour bag in a primary shade, or a matchy-matchy shoe and clutch combo – mixing in some rainbow shades will transition a look to something ultra-cool. One shade is good, two or three is even better.