Clothing may compose the most part of an ensemble, but accessories are more significant than you may think. “Any opportunity to adorn oneself is human, and accessories are an easy way to do it.” (Marc Jacobs). These 10 tips will help you accessorize with taste and style.
Know the basics.
Shoes, bags, and jewelry are all as important as the outfit and without these accessories you will look underdressed and incomplete. Do not underestimate the significance of these details and make sure they match your image and personality. Matching shoes and purse is a bit old-fashioned but could be a good start if you are not sure how to match these items properly. Standout bright jewelry will add some color and energy to a monochromatic outfit, or will emphasize your skin tone.
No matter how good your outfit looks, it is easy to spoil the whole impression by adding a cheap bag that does not match anything and is outdated. That is why, it is better to invest in a good statement bag that will last you a while and will stay in style for at least a few seasons. Blake Lively’s purple statement bag is bright and distinct and creates a nice contrast between her pale green necklace and shoes. However, the relatively neutral, though bright, color of the bag is versatile and can be worn with literally any outfit.
Know your colors.
Know your skin tone to get the most from the variety of colors. There are six skin types and firstly define which one is yours and work from there. Try different palettes to find out which colors and tones will work best for you personally. For example, if you have skin type 6 (very dark skin), you might want to consider brighter accessories to contrast with your skin. Go bold and daring for a very outstanding look. Do not be afraid to experiment. If your skin tone looks more like Charlize Theron’s in the photo above, be very gentle with which accessories you choose, and matching colors rather than contrasting will work best for you.
It is absolutely fantastic what you can do with just a couple of attention-grabbing jewelry pieces whether bought on a big sale or in a haute couture boutique. If you choose clothes that are on a budget side but invest more in classy jewelry, your total look will raise significantly onto a new level. It doesn’t have to be all precious metals and stones, but it is always better to invest in a few classical pieces and mix and match them with cheaper trendier items. Be creative when incorporating jewelry into your outfit. If your neck is open- try a necklace, a bare wrist could handle a watch or a bracelet and big statement earrings are great for a bright summer day.
A scarf is without a doubt one of the simplest yet classiest of accessories. It is very European and very distinct. Woolen, silk, thin, thick, winter, summer scarves… They are great for any season and for any occasion. A colorful scarf goes well with a monochromatic outfit, a bright Hermes scarf is a piece of art that will turn even the plainest outfit into a fashion statement. There are many ways of wearing a scarf so even if you own just one of two pieces, you will never get bored of them. Go ahead and experiment! A scarf will be a perfect accessory for any taste and size.
Belt it up.
A few trendy or classy, well-fitting belts in varying widths are definite wardrobe staples. Start with just three different styles and when you become more comfortable and familiar with the basics, you can move further. Choose skinny belts in bright colors or shimmery metallic if consider yourself edgy and hip and pair them with a romper or fitted dress. Medium-width belts that feature interesting details like braiding or a fun buckle are perfect with jeans and a tucked-in shirt, to create a more formal business-like look. Large wide belts are ideal for cinching and defining your waist and look lovely over anything voluminous or oversized.
Work the contrast.
Try contrasting your accessories with the rest of your outfit and the result will definitely be worth it. A bright necklace paired with an all-white outfit a-la Jennifer Lopez will draw attention to your neckline and your face. A pair of red shoes worn with a navy blue dress will bring out the best in both colors and add vivacity and energy to the whole outfit. This rule is a rule of experimenting and trying new interesting pairs. Dare to try and some results might truly impress you and everyone around.
Use makeup as an accessory.
Sometimes all we need is color and accent and in the look and that’s when makeup can successfully step in instead of the accessories. Lupita Nyong’o mastered the look impeccably well and her bright purple makeup takes up the role of a statement accessory. Nail polish, eyelashes, and hair extension can also take up accessories’ part.
Look at celebrities, fashion shows, designers collections and in a while, you will figure out how to incorporate accessories into your wardrobe. Most of the celebrities use accessories to enhance their looks and the outfits.
Find your signature style.
Find something that distinguishes you from others. The variety of accessory choices is endless, so and it can be quite tricky to try to limit your options. If you are only starting your accessory collection, begin by choosing a few pieces that match your current style. Are you hip and trendy or more elegant and classy? Try looking for accessories in your clothing shops to get into the mode. Once you get used to accessorizing, you can start experimenting with bolder pieces you might not normally think of as “you.” Amal Clooney, for instance, uses hat as an accessory and everyone would recognize her signature style easily.
Start accessorizing and the world around you will look brighter and more interesting.
(all images are sourced via pinterest)