Have you ever met a woman wearing a very nice outfit but for some reason you didn’t think it was anything fabulous or you thought something was missing? Or maybe you were walking down the street and passed someone wearing a plain top and jeans and thought – wow, she looks put together. I bet if you looked at these two women, side by side, you would see that the difference in making them look just nice or simply fabulous is not necessarily their clothing, but the accessories.
Accessories can liven up a plain outfit and
add your individuality and style like nothing else can.
What is considered an accessory?
The term accessory covers many different items. Typically, it includes all kinds of jewelry, watches, hats, scarves, belts, tights, shoes, bags, and even glasses! Accessories can be found in many different types of shops and they don’t have to be expensive to add tremendous value to your outfit.
What should you consider when accessorizing?
#1 Express your personality.
First and foremost, you want to choose accessories that add to your individual style and express your personality. So, if you’re a natural style type, you might accessorize with a floppy hat and flat boots while a romantic style might choose pearls and kitten heels. Of course, you always want to make sure what you are wearing is appropriate for the occasion.
#2 Update & modernize your look.
Next you might consider using accessories to update and modernize your look rather than spending money on a new outfit.
Here I incorporated the fringe trend through a necklace:
And here I added a skinny scarf for an updated look:
#3 Add color, interest, and focus to an outfit.
You also can use accessories to add a splash of complimentary color or add visual interest. You can also use accessories to add your best color near your face through the use of a scarf, necklace, or earrings. Here I have incorporated a scarf in colors that flatter me and a pattern that adds interest.
My earrings happen to incorporate another modern trend – ear jackets.
#4 Take an outfit from day to night.
Accessories allow you to take a basic outfit, such as jeans & a white shirt, and create multiple looks. Below I am showing how to wear this outfit for a day excursion, a casual work day, or a date night out.
Using accessories will allow you to have many different outfits with only a minimal amount of clothes! It cuts down on cost, cleaning, storage, etc.
Here is what the style icon, Iris Apfel, has said about accessories:
“My mother knew if you bought a couple of really good architectural outfits and put your money into accessories, you could create a million different looks. She taught that to me, which I think was invaluable.”
#5 Make yourself feel good.
Finally, many accessories have sentimental value as they are gifts from loved ones or you may have bought them for yourself during travels or a special occasion. I have several accessories given to me from my husband or daughters that I love and cherish which I like to wear when I am with them. It just makes me feel good!
The key message is this – accessories matter as much clothing, providing you an entirely new way to express yourself and feel good. Next time you feel in a style rut, don’t consider a new outfit, just add an accessory to give your standby outfits an entirely new look!
I would love to read your comments on what accessories mean to you!