Accessories - The Number One Way to Transform Any Outfit
No matter whether you’re heading off to work, or you’re looking forward to a fun night out, your outfit will make or break your experience.
Look at it this way - if you’re feeling great about what you’re wearing, you feel comfortable, and you think you look your best, you’re going to have a certain glow about you. That glow will give you confidence, and confidence is the key to having a great time! In a work situation, confidence can increase productivity, and basically get you through the day.
The problem is that certain outfits might look fantastic for one situation, but dull or even overdressed for another. How can you change that? Accessorise it up, or even down!
Accessories are the key to changing the appearance of any outfit. You can take a maxi dress from day time casual to nighttime chic with just a few carefully selected pieces of jewellery, and perhaps some jewelled flats. You can take a casual daytime shirt and make it look evening ready with a stylish belt and the right pair of shoes.
Guy or girl, accessories are the key to unlocking clothing potential.
How to Choose Your Accessories
There is a fine line between quality accessories, and cheap accessories. Sure, you can shop around and source out real bargains, but it’s always better to go for the ‘less is more’ rule when it comes to bling. Of course, accessories aren’t just about jewellery, and also include:
- Even socks!
Accessories are basically anything which you decorate your main clothing items with, and you can go crazy or you can keep it subtle. It really does depend upon the occasion, but as a general rule, choosing your accessories carefully and sticking to one or two key pieces is enough to change any outfit to the desired result.
For example, you might have an old jumper which you wear to work quite regularly, but it’s warm, it’s comfortable, and it still has a lot of style left in it. You don’t want to keep it just for work, so how can you change it up a little? Why not add a statement brooch to one side? Or, a large and chunky necklace to add a little extra pizzazz.
For guys, you have a pair of jeans that you’ve worn forever but again, they’re super comfortable and they’re the only pair you really feel confident in. You don’t want people pointing fingers and thinking you don’t own any other clothes, so what can you do? Add a chain which runs from the belt loop to the pocket, as well as a funky belt to add extra sparkle. Instant casual to night out trend!
Can you see how easy it can be? Accessories really can take the most basic of pieces and turn them into something which would be fit for any occasion, whether upmarket or casual day around town.
Rules For Accessorising Any Outfit
Of course, accessorising does have a few rules.
- Always go for ‘less is more’ - You are not a Christmas tree! For instance, if you’re wearing large hooped earrings, don’t wear a necklace, and instead, go for bangles or a statement bracelet. Don’t overload one area with too much!
- Keep accessories to basic colours - If you throw in too much colour you’re going to take your efforts from chic to tacky. Of course, a colourful bag or a pop of colour on your shoes is permitted and encouraged in fact, but in terms of other accessories, stick to gold, silver, black, etc
- Add colour with one statement piece - We just mentioned pops of colour with bags and shoes and this is a great way to dress up a dark or one shade outfit. We know that colour blocking is big this season, but it can all look a little samey if there’s nothing to break it up. In that case, a contrast bag or pair of shoes is a great option. The same goes for patterned bags and shoes, but only if your outfit is plain
- Invest in quality to last you longer - You really do get what you pay for, and sometimes it’s better to invest in a quality piece, which is going to stand the test of time, rather than throw less money at a piece which really does look cheap and a little tacky. Of course, for casual and fun days out, this isn’t such a big issue, but if you’re looking to dress up a plain outfit for a big night out, perhaps even an event of importance, then you should look towards quality
- If your outfit is patterned, avoid anything on the fabric - Basically, if you are wearing a top which is patterned in various different colours, avoid any accessories which sit on the top, e.g. long necklaces or brooches. They’re going to clash and probably cause anyone gazing at you to get a headache. Instead, stick to things which aren’t on the fabric, e.g. hooped earrings in a neutral silver or gold shade. Too much activity can be distracting
Accessorising is actually a great way to save cash. You can recycle old outfits and make them look brand new, all with a little clever accessorising here and there. There’s no need to go out and buy a brand new dress for that upcoming work event - simply throw a scarf around your neck to add some colour, or play around with jewellery!