Accessorising is a bit of an artform, almost as much as finding the right outfit to wear. Finding the perfect outfit can take forever, but then sprinkling on the right accessories can too! The right accessories can either make or break an outfit, so you want to make sure that you’re doing everything right! Here’s a little help if you don’t know where to start:
Think Less is More
Less is usually more when it comes to accessorising. You don’t want to look like a Christmas tree. Some people swear by the rule that you should always take the last thing you put on off before you leave the house but this is, of course, your call. The goal should be to enhance your outfit with accessories rather than overpower it.
Start a Points System
Starting a points system with your accessories could be just the thing you need to help you find the balance between too much and not enough. Let’s say you should have at least 5 points for each outfit, but no more than 15. Give 1 point to:
Each earring you wear.
Colored or patterned shoes.
You’ll still need to use your best judgement to find what works and what doesn’t, but at least this way you can get a good idea of whether you’re doing it right.
Add a Pop of Color
Neutral outfits are all the rage these days, and accessories can be used to add just a pop of color. You could brighten up a black outfit with red shoes, or a white outfit with a yellow bag. You have plenty of choice! You could even enhance a colorful outfit with accessories that help tone it down and balance it out.
Think of the look you’re trying to achieve and then take into consideration the style of your accessories. The accessories might be more punk, chic, sleek, alternative, etc. If you’re going to a festival, for instance, you’d probably avoid anything too chic and pile on alternative bling. The only exception would be designer engagement rings from Whiteflash.com – I’d never take mine off, festival or not.
Balancing out Your Outfits
Although there are plenty of accessories that can enhance your outfits, a major goal would be to balance them out too. For example; take a look at your neckline. If you have a high neckline, it’s probably best to avoid a necklace altogether. If you have a low neckline, a necklace with a short chain would balance out the look. Sometimes, a waist belt can be used to balance out an outfit and create an hourglass figure. Practice layering on your accessories and decide whether the look is balanced or not. You might think that something is missing or not quite right, in which case you should continue to experiment until you’re happy with the look. I always write a list of accessories I’m taking on vacation with me so I can come up with lots of balanced outfits.
I hope you like this advice and find it useful. Let me know in the comments!