How to Accessorize Any Outfit to Make Yourself Look Stylish and Chic
If you are like most women you have at least wondered how some women just always seem to look magnificent no matter what they are wearing. From rocking a faded old tee shirt and worn out jeans to a perfectly coordinated ensemble, some girls just always seem to be able to come off as smart and stylish.
While you may think these women have an endless closet full of expensive designer brands or a professional stylist on retainer, there is really only one thing you need to know to show the other girls you can compete. It’s just a simple trick really, and once you learn it you will be able to make even the most basic outfit stand out in a crowd. You just need to learn how to accessorize.
Worldwide, the women’s wear business is a $6 billion a year industry and well over $70 billion of that is spent just on accessories. As these figures show, accessories are hugely popular, and with good reason. Accessorizing is the one thing that can make any outfit you already have make you look like a million bucks, and is the one thing all fashionable women have mastered. Once you have learned how to accessorize you too will always look fabulous in whatever you wear.
There are two edges to the accessory sword: the material and the ethereal. Here are some tips that will help you master the two and have you channeling your inner fashionista.
Watch the Proportions
Go easy on the accessories when you are wearing a big and voluminous outfit. However, if you are wearing something sleeker, like a little black dress, you can get bolder with a chubby cocktail ring or a large handbag.
Balance Basic and Bold
Stunning outfits are all about balance, and generally speaking the more basic the outfit the bolder you can be with accessories. As an example, team a simple tee shirt and jeans with something with polka dots or long sparkly earrings or a necklace or some bangle bracelets. Check out some of the cool jeans here
Less is More
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and the last thing you want is to look like you are playing “dress up.” Notice the word “or” in Balance Basic and Bold. Exercise a tad bit of restraint and don’t try to wear too many accessories at the same time. For example, if you wear a pair of statement earring go easy and don’t add bangles and a cocktail ring and a scarf. Limit your accessories to one or two main pieces.
Show Off Your personality
An article in Forbes states that your wardrobe can inform people of everything from your type of job and ambitions to your spending habits and emotions. Take this advice to heart and have some fun. When you choose accessories, pick pieces you are drawn to or that have some sort of personal meaning for you.
While some people won’t believe it, it is completely okay to mix metals when picking jewelry to wear. This can create an amazing vintage look, so be bold, be daring and throw a few things together just to see what will happen. You will love it, and so will everyone else.
If you have a plain outfit, such as black, white and/or grey, add some pop with some colorful jewelry, a handbag, scarf, hat or a pair of bright shoes. Remember, there is no law that says outfits have to match, but they do have to go together. Just be sure to keep accessories in similar color families, like warm and cool colors, and you’ll look stunning.
Really Big Earrings
Because it’s at eye level, the first thing other people tend to notice is your head, and a pair of “statement” earrings add excitement to any outfit. Big chunky faux diamond studs or door-knockers earrings will add sparkle and draw attention to your face and are a great accessory to any casual or formal outfit.
If you wear prescription lenses a large eyeglass frame will make your eyes stand out. If you don’t wear prescriptions, a big pair of sunglasses will do the trick.
Long necklaces create long and sweeping vertical lines that will make you look taller and thinner! Beaded and long-chain necklaces work great with any outfit, but beware of overdoing it. One big and chunky necklace at a time is enough, as too many may look like you just came back from Mardi Gras. Not good. However, you can layer a few thinner necklaces over one another.
It’s the Shoes
You can spruce up your most boring work outfits with an attention-grabbing pair of shoes and a hemline that shows them off.
Add a Belt
Belts are always a great item to accessorize with. Wearing a wide belt over a swishy dress or a boldly-colored belt over a dark, waist-length cardigan with a simple white tee or tank will add interest and emphasize your curves.
Stacking bangles on one arm or the other is a sure fire-way to add sparkle to any outfit – and you can buy a bunch for cheap.
Now You Know How
Embracing these tips will have all your friends, family and coworkers wondering where you got you new-found fashion chops. With just a little practice and daring you will be the one rocking that faded old tee shirt and worn out jeans in a style that will have everyone turning their heads.