Accessorising your outfit gives it the finishing touches that it needs to take it from good to incredible. You can make any outfit a lot more interesting by adding some accessories, whether they’re practical accessories or just there to make your outfit look good.
But accessorising can also take practice if you want to get it down to a fine art. If you get it wrong, you can end up wearing too many accessories or wearing accessories that don’t really do anything for your outfit. You can use a few tips to up your accessorising skills and make sure you get it right every time.
Think About the Occasion
As with your overall outfit, it’s always a good idea to think about the occasion when you’re choosing accessories. The accessories that you choose for work are likely going to be different from those that you choose to go to a wedding. When you’re choosing accessories, think about your outfit as a whole, as well as what’s suitable for where you’re going.
This could be different for different people, though. Not all workplaces, weddings, or bars are the same, so which accessories are suitable can vary a lot depending on context.
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Pick One Stand-out Accessory
Wearing too many big or bright accessories could mean that they’re all competing with each other. Everything can look a little bit too busy, and none of your accessories will really stand out. If you want to make sure that your accessories are balanced, try picking an accessory to stand out from the rest.
It could be a statement piece of jewellery that gives your outfit some pizazz or it might be a signature item that you wear the majority of the time. You can make accessorising a lot easier by doing this, giving your accessories one focus.
Be Careful with Matching
Matching your accessories can be a good idea, but it’s not always the right thing to do. If you’re going to wear a matching set of, for example, earrings and a necklace, it’s a good idea to choose a smaller, more understated set. Then you don’t have two accessories competing with each other.
Matching your accessories can also look a little boring, making none of them stand out. It can be a lot better to coordinate your accessories without matching them to each other exactly. Choose complementary accessories instead of matching ones.
Don’t Over Accessorise
Too many accessories can over-complicate your outfit. If you want to accessorise smartly, follow Coco Chanel’s advice to take off the last thing that you put on before you leave home. It can help to prevent you from going overboard with your accessories. Of course, you can always err on the cautious side in the first place. If you avoid putting on too many accessories, the ones that you do wear will stand out more and look more special.
Pick the perfect accessories for any outfit by thinking carefully about how they go together and what they add to your outfit.