Accessories are an often underrated part of style. Elevate your fashion sense and make your outfits pop with this guide on utilizing accessories.
Any outfit can go from drab to fab with just a few accessories.
Accessories can either make or break an outfit. It's no wonder why so many of us find ourselves confused about how to properly wear them. We either go with too few accessories or too many.
Nevermind current trends. Current trends offer great stylistic guidance, but they can also be overwhelming. Especially, if they don't match our personality or style.
Accessories include a variety of items. Interestingly enough, accessorizing isn't just about finding the perfect necklace, earrings, or scarf. It's also about the small details which come together to make your look complete.
We all have different tastes and styles. But, accessorizing isn't about making everyone look and feel the same. It's about providing you with a template to make each look you wear work best for you.
And, to make each look work well for you, you'll need to know when to wear certain accessories and how. Make no mistake, not all accessories are suitable for all occasions. Some may work well for the office whereas others work best on a night out.
Ready to discover how to rock your accessories? Read on to find out how.
How to Rock Your Accessories
Do you have a go-to set of accessories? Do you feel like they just aren't completely doing the trick?
It's easy to get bored with the accessories we use. But, instead of donating your accessories, consider pairing them with new ones.
The great thing about accessories is that they can instantly transform an outfit. You don't need to buy a new dress, you just need to switch up or add to your accessories.
Another benefit of accessories is that they can be purchased inexpensively. Many accessories can be purchased for less than $30. And, nearly every clothing store has them to match the outfits you purchase.
But, accessories can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It's all about balance, style choices, and the ability to know which accessories work best together.
Explore the following tips for adding accessories to all of your outfits.
1. No Matchy-Matchy
Matching every accessory isn't necessary. Nor is it recommended to create a stylistic look. Matching accessories and colors can overwhelm any outfit.
It can make them seem too generic and too run-of-the-mill. Instead, mix and match metals and colors. If you're choosing a bold color to accessorize with then only use one accessory such as a pair of heels.
2. Stand out Shoes
Shoes can easily amp up any outfit. This includes work attire, cocktail attire, or a pair of jeans. Statement shoes are trending accessories that are sure to stick around in 2019.
Shoes have a way of instantly glamming up and style nearly every outfit.
For example, say you want to wear a black dress to work. Instead of adding a bunch of accessories, keep it simple and add in a pair of bold, closed toes shoes. However, since the shoes are for work avoid sparkles and gems.
3. Rings and Nails
Rings are all the rage and they can easily be mixed and matched to meet your stylistic needs. Stacking rings is also an exciting accessory trend.
However, rings can only take your look so far. To complete the look, you need to make sure that your nails are at least clean. Even better is if you get a fresh manicure to bring out your rings' best qualities.
4. Go Comfy
When it comes to accessories forget the saying, "beauty equals pain." Accessories should be functional and comfortable whenever possible. So, if a necklace is continuously scratching or giving you a rash, then toss it out.
This also applies to shoes. Wome's shoes can sometimes create blisters, which result in needing to wear bandages. Not a great accessory.
If you do need to wear uncomfortable materials, then attempt to protect yourself. Wear supportive inserts or skin-colored bandages or cover-ups to prevent blistering.
5. Seasonal Accessories
Every season provides us with a great excuse and way to accessorize. Don't make the mistake of thinking accessories hibernate in the winter! There are many accessories to rock in the winter such as stylish boots, purses, and scarves.
6. A Little Goes a Long Way
Just a few accessories can transform any look. You don't need to have an accessory on every appendage to achieve a stylish look. For example, a bold pair of earrings can go a long way.
Just as a stylish pair of shoes can instantly upgrade an everyday look. So, when in doubt go simple!
8. Accessorize Appropriately
One of the most important factors to consider when accessorizing is the occasion. Accessories at the office should be much more different than the accessories we wear on a night out. Always keep in mind the setting to ensure that your accessories fit the occasion.
If they don't match the occasion, then you could run the risk of looking overdressed on underdressed.
Purchasing Accessories for Your Next Look
Purchasing accessories for any outfit can be a fun and rewarding experience. Accessories can instantly transform any outfit making it look completely new.
When purchasing accessories make sure to seek out quality pieces. Even though accessories can be inexpensive, you also want to make sure that you're getting accessories that will last for long periods of time.
To find high-quality pieces, first, read online reviews. Determine how long each piece typically lasts and how satisfied other buyers are before purchasing.
If buying from a store, make sure to ask about their return policy. You should also ask them what would happen in the event that the piece broke or became worn after a few uses. This will help you to know whether or not purchasing from the store is a good idea or not.
When purchasing accessories, you should also check out the store's clearance section. There can often be many quality pieces in this section that are worth the cost. Just be sure to avoid purchasing accessories that are overly trendy or tacky in nature.
Want to pair your accessories with everyday clothing? Check out our blog post to learn more about how to accessorize everyday looks.