No matter what your personal style is, there is a right set of fashion accessories that reflect your personality
Any woman of style will know how accessories can prove to be the powerful tool that they need to glam their otherwise blah outfit. In one stroke, a head scarf or a statement necklace can keep things from getting dull and make your #ootd a real outfit rather than just clothes.
Okay, so you get it, accessories are important. What next?
So what can we consider as an accessory? Oodles of stuff…
Let’s make a list:
- Ear cuffs
- Hair accessories
- Head bands/scarves
- Neck scarves
- Body chains
We can also add the following things to the list:
- Body wraps
Now that we know what accessories we are talking about, let’s talk about mastering the art of accessorizing.
Accessorize every day, not just when you’re dressing up
Accessories are not only for special days, they are for every day, to make you feel more stylish and confident every single day. No outfit is complete without accessories, it’s just work-in-progress.
Regardless of your routine, try to add at least one accessory to your outfit. Even when you are just wearing a plain white tee and a denim, you can add a minimal necklace or a pair of quirky shoes to create a look that is more put together.
Minimalism is the key
Minimalist jewelry is the fool-proof way to accessorize on a daily basis. You can deck up a couple of minimal pieces to make yourself stand out in the crowd or maybe go for just one or two minimal pieces for a more subtle look.
I have a stock of minimalist jewelry, that’s my thing. They are so versatile, they can go with almost anything. Whenever I feel like my outfit needs something extra, I just add one small jewelry or a cute, little bag to amp up my style quotient.
Rock some statement jewelry to dress up simpler outfits
When you would rather be playful than classic, you need some statement pieces to update your outfit. Statement jewelry are a potent tool to make you look chic even when you are in your basics. Wearing a solid blouse? No problem, throw on a statement necklace with a pop of color and you are ready to slay.
When experimenting with statement jewelry, stick to one statement piece at a time. If you are going to wear bold earrings, don’t wear a necklace. Similarly, if you are going for a statement ring, skip the bracelet or bangles. Remember, you want your statement piece to shine, a lot of them will only divide the attention.
Accessories are to complement your outfit, not to compete with it
Don’t choose accessories that will try to compete with your outfit. If your outfit already has some details and textures, don’t go for heavy or distracting jewelry or shoes or handbag or anything of that sort.
Personally, I prefer adding simple gold or rose gold layered chains or a small ring with hued stones or in geometric design. A slim belt or cuff can also work wonders to create a look that seems straight out of runway. Such smaller pieces will bring an exciting element to your outfit, without acting as distractions.
The magic of shoes, bags, belts, and scarves
Isn’t this self-explanatory? I’d still blabber about how the right shoes or a quirky bag can add tons of glamor to your look. Adding a pair of shoes in metallics or bright solid colors, or adding a color-blocked or blingy bag can take your basics from 1 to 10.
A chunky belt can go a long way, it can not only help you make your outfit more attention-grabbing, it can also help you accentuate your curves or show off that slim waist.
And, have I mentioned the power of scarves? They can be head scarves, neck scarves, or even body scarves like pashminas or wraps; scarves are a single piece of accessory that are enough to turn heads. And, the good news is, these babies are no more limited to winters, you can rock them in any season.
See if your jewelry goes with your attire
This one is important.
When choosing a necklace, pay attention to the neckline of your dress or shirt.
Similarly, pay attention to your face shape and hairstyle when selecting the right earrings.
The color or the pattern of your jewelry should also be in sync with your outfit.
Don’t go gaga over the idea of accessorizing
When it comes to accessories, less is more.
Coco Chanel, the most elegant woman we’ve ever known, has advised the following when accessorizing, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
Too much bling will make you look like an attention seeker rather than an attention grabber. If you think it’s too much, it probably is. Take one or maybe two things off.
Before ending this blog, let me introduce you to The Point System
The Point System is a quick method to make accessorizing easier.
First of all, look in the mirror, each thing you have on, but were not born with is one point.
· The red lipstick – 1 point
· The manicured nails – 1 point (more dramatic the nail art, more the number of points)
· The tattoo – 1 point
· The smoky eyes – 1 point
· The earrings – 2 point (1 point each)
· The handbag – 1 point (if your handbag is color-blocked – 2 points, if it has gold details too – 3 points)
You get the point.
Your total should never be more than 14.
I’d suggest you to aim for 10 to 12 points. And if minimalism is your style, aim for 6 to 8 points.
This will make sure that you don’t over-accessorize and keep it simple yet stylish.
I know this one was longer than my usual blogs, but I’m a huge fan of accessories. I hope this helps you next time you are thinking of styling your #ootd.
Here’s a style challenge for you:
Try and compile a before after look using accessories. The before look should be a daytime look, and the after should be an evening look that you can create by just adding accessories to your daytime attire. Are you ready for it? Send me your pictures on Instagram or email them to me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll soon be posting my next blog, until then, happy accessorizing!