Accessories 101: The Art of Accessorizing

What is so important about learning the fine art of using accessories? Imagine this: you’re about to go out, ready to party all night with your friends. But when you look at the mirror to check for the last time how you look, you noticed something… your outfit looks dull. What would you do?

Many would probably go back to their closets and change into something more lively. As for me, I’d probably check out the accessories available in my closet to spice things up with my getup. You see, accessories are the easiest way to make your outfits more interesting. Yes, even when you’re in your most basic getup, accessories can open up a whole new world of possibilities. How? Just imagine yourself in your trusty old T-shirt/jeans/sneakers getup. Just add some jewelries, a scarf, and a glam bag, and you’ll certainly look more fab than before. Still not convinced yet?




The Power of Accessories

Just take a look at celebrities and models in the “model-off-duty” getups. Notice how basic some of their outfits were? So how come they look so glamorous? Yup, it’s all about their accessories! In fact, accessories are so powerful, they can change the look of an outfit in an instant. Do you want to look more sophisticated and elegant while just wearing denim shorts, flip-flops, plain tees? Try wearing pearl earrings and/or necklace and you’ll certainly look a lot classier. Want to transform your work clothes to an evening attire? Change your shoes, handbag, and jewelries and you’ll be ready for that evening gala in a jiffy. You see where I’m getting at?




Accessories to Invest In

So what can be considered a fashionable accessory? Here are some of the pieces you should invest in:

  • Handbags
  • Shoes
  • Eye wear
  • Jewelries
  • Scarves
  • Ties
  • Hats
  • Belts
  • Hair Ornaments

Choosing the Perfect Accessories

Just a friendly reminder though: Keep in mind that accessories can actually make or break your entire look. Yes, choosing the wrong accessories can easily ruin an otherwise perfect outfit. That’s why when choosing accessories for an outfit, there many things to consider. To help you out, here are some points to ponder:

Color – Much like anything else, colors that does not match well together will surely be an eyesore. So if you’re wearing a colorful outfit, make sure to choose accessories with basic colors such as white and black so that they don’t clash with your outfit. However, if you’re wearing neutral colored clothes, you’ll be able to play more with accessories in different colors.

Scale – One of the golden rules of accessorizing is you should never overdo them. If, for instance, you’re wearing a patterned dress or top, I would definitely advice against wearing too much jewelries. Why? With so many patterns going on in your getup, adding too many jewelries will surely make you look tacky. Same goes with bags and other accessories.

Style – There are basically five accessory styles you should consider when thinking about adding accessories on your look. Here’s a rundown on each one of them:

  • Classic: pearl  and diamond jewelries; silk scarf; leather clutch; black pumps
  • Glam: chandelier earrings; cocktail rings; sparkly clutch; over-sized sunglasses; stilettos
  • Fun: chunky jewelries; colorful scarves; sun hats; tote bags; flip-flops; ballet flats
  • Edgy: thick cuff bracelet, choker necklace; studded handbag; black boots
  • Casual: bracelets and sports watches; satchel bags; Wayfarer sunglasses; hats and caps; sandals and sneakers

When it comes to accessories, it’s just a matter of finding the perfect balance that would work well with your outfit. As I’ve said, with the right combination, you’ll be able to make your outfit look more interesting. However, if you go overboard with it, your whole look will be a disaster. So do not go too much on accessories.

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