We may often hear the term “accessorising”. Adding accessories to an outfit is discussed as if it’s a last minute decision. Something we throw on effortlessly without really thinking about it to fully complete an outfit. But what if it’s not effortless at all? What if we hardly know where to begin with accessorising? With so many bags, shoes, metals, and stones to choose from, how do we know exactly what is suitable? It is important to remember that there are no real rules. The fact that we like it is more than enough justification to wear it! But if we really want to master the art of accessorising, then the key is to consider exactly what look we’re going for and what would help us achieve it. Once you have built a basic outfit, ask yourself how you want to adjust it and follow these easy suggestions.
I Want My Outfit To:
Look More Feminine
Selecting coloured gemstones such as rose quartz and amethyst can be an instant way to add a girly glamour to any outfit. Delicate jewellry looks feminine and youthful such as bracelets and simple necklaces. If we want to add a scarf or handbag, perhaps select one in a neutral pastel shade such as a dove grey or subtle pink. Floaty or lacy detailing can also add a more feminine twist so pay attention to hemlines and other materials.
Look More Boyish
There may be times when we feel our outfit is erring on the side of sickly sweet and we just want to take it down a notch. Chunkier accessories and silver metal can help an outfit to look more edgy and subtly masculine. Adding a thicker black bag with little detailing or even a plain backpack can help to take down the girly-ness of an outfit. Consider the shoes, too. Practical shoes or a tailored brogue can give a chic androgynous effect.
Look More Professional
Less is more when it comes to accessorising a professional look. Handbags should be unfussy and in block colours. Clutch bags and small bags make an outfit look more leisure time based or evening appropriate. A satchel style or structured tote can instantly make an outfit appear more pulled together and professional. Jewellry should usually be kept to a minimum with simple stud earrings or an elegant watch. Stick with classic gem stones such as pearl jewellery for a timeless effect.
Look More Modern
Making a simple outfit look more modern can allow you to really liberate your imagination. A statement piece or bold pop of colour can instantly make an outfit more contemporary. If you’re outfit is neutral, why not add a stark pop of scarlet with a scarf or handbag? A statement necklace can draw the eye and add a modern edge. It is also an opportunity to wear cocktail rings or a piece made from unusual material or in a different shape. Don’t feel that in order to look modern, every piece you wear has to make a statement. A neutral, classic base coupled with some modern details is a great way to go.