When you’re trying to establish your look, finding your combination of staples alongside your more personalized pieces is going to help you find what works for you. However, you can make any outfit shine a little better by knowing how to accessorize with them. More than just the building blocks of any aesthetic, accessories stand out as the ribbon that can tie it all together, and it’s worth having an arsenal of them at your command. Here, we’re going to look at the accessories you should be working on, and how you can make them a key part of your look.
Up your shoe game
We all wear shoes naturally, so they are always going to be playing a role in the accessorizing of our outfits. You may already have a selection available to ensure that you always have a pair ready for either the type of outfit or environment in which you’re going to be wearing them. Rather than trying to offer any tips on what kind of shoes you should be buying, however, there are guides on how to choose the right shoe for any given purpose or occasion. Quality shoes are worth investing in, as they will last a lot longer, too.
The right bag
Bags are a practical choice that has been worn by women regardless of age and lifestyle, in large part because women’s fashion seems more adverse to putting pockets on their clothing than just about anything else. However, while you might want a bag for its sheer usefulness of them, having a small selection to make sure that you’re ready for any look can be a great idea, too. You want to make sure that any bag you choose is comfortable to wear over the shoulder, easy to carry, and stores what you need. When you do buy a bag, you want to make sure that it has some versatility and can be used with multiple outfits. Only celebrities and models should be buying bags to go with individual outfits.
Don’t skip out on watches
We’re going to be covering other kinds of bling that are always worth keeping as an option, but one that often goes criminally underlooked is the wristwear that we so often associate with being a masculine type of accessory. However, there are plenty of great women’s watches out there, and they can do an excellent job of communicating prestige, a certain level of class, and, depending on the look, professionalism or elegance. Of course, there’s a practical aspect to wearing a watch, as well. If you don’t want to be the kind of person who is forever fishing out their phone, then it’s a nice, simple solution that also works excellently as a statement accessory.
Make that neckline shine
Necklaces are, of course, amongst some of the most popular jewelry options around. They can be used to draw the eye to the neckline or cleavage, to help make a bare neck look a little less empty and make it more visually interesting, or to showcase a little wealth and prestige. Of course, there are all kinds of necklaces, from pendants to arcing pieces, and many in between. There’s no rule for which necklace to wear and when, but there are guides that suggest things like pairing different kinds of necklaces with different necklines. For instance, if you have a V-neck neckline, then you might want to choose a hanging pendant or something with a lot of vertical real estate to take advantage of that deep plunge.
Give your ears a little more glitz
Earrings are, of course, just as popular and widely worn as earrings, with most of us likely having first gotten our ears pierced at a fairly young age. As with all jewelry, there are tons of options that can help you better style your ears to match the rest of your look. Some people love the neat, clean, and cool look of titanium earrings or other kinds of studs. Drop earrings can fill a little more space, which can be good if, for instance, you’re also going bare-shouldered. There are cluster earrings, dangle earrings, hoop earrings, and more, and having a selection at your disposal can really help draw attention to your features and glam up any outfit.
Give some shade
Like many of the accessories mentioned, sunglasses do have a perfectly practical reason to be a part of your outfit. Aside from shielding your eyes from the potential harm that UV light can do and making summer days much more comfortable to go out and about in, a lot of women like what they can do to their face, profile, and head shape. If you’re looking for a boost of confidence, then see what you look like in a pair of sunglasses. There are many different types of sunglasses, and handy guides out there that can recommend different shapes, sizes, and styles based on things like your face shape, but it’s all about how they make you feel.
Wrap it with a scarf
Scarves naturally can play an excellent role in fall and autumn, helping to keep you nice and protected from the chill, but they can do a lot more than just that. They can be used to add a flash of color or to better coordinate the varying hues of an outfit, they can be a simple way to add an extra layer to a relatively simple outfit and, of course, they can be styled in over a dozen ways, each of which can enhance your look in various ways. Aside from wearing them around the neck or head in a wide variety of ways, scarves can be used as makeshift belts, they can cinch dresses and they can be used to tighten garments around the waist, making them an excellent multitasking accessory.
Do more with belts
As mentioned, scarves can be used as makeshift belts, but there’s still plenty of room to include belts in your outfits, too. They’re often overlooked due to the fact that many women’s pants and lower garments are designed to be worn without them, but they can still play a role in bringing a flash of color, a little depth of texture, and another layer to your outfits. There are plenty of different ways to wear belts, as well, whether you use them to pull skirts and pants up a little to give you a longer-legged appeal or use them to belt a dress or a coat to help other garments better fit your silhouette.
Put a hat on it
Hats are not worn quite as widely as some of the other accessories mentioned here, for a variety of reasons. They can be quite limited in practicality, depending on the weather of the day or what kind of occasion it is, and not everyone is sure that they can pull off a hat. However, there’s only one way to work out whether that truly is the case or not and that’s to take a chance on it. Big, floppy hats can be a real dramatic statement piece, but you don’t quite have to go that far if you’re not confident in it, you can stick with smaller hats that are a little easier to wear out on the streets, too.
Shawls, blanket scarves, and cardigans are making a bit of a comeback. For one, comfy fashion is becoming more and more prevalent, which is hard to complain about. They’re great for keeping you warm, whether you choose something heavier on cooler days, or you go for something light just to keep the wind off your skin even when the sun is out. They can also layer simpler outfits wonderfully, working with dresses, blouses, long sleeves, and more. When you think that a jacket might be a little too contemporary for your outfit, then a shawl or a cardigan might play the role that you’re trying to fill.
Don’t ignore your hair
We put so much thought into our hairstyle, how we take care of our hair, and how we get it looking just right before we set out the door, why should we forget about it when it comes to choosing the right accessories? For a while, hair accessories like headbands and hair clips faded out of popularity for a while as minimalism became the big thing but, thankfully, they are back. You can make sure that you tied any outfit together from head to toe with the right selection of hair accessories. There are cute options, elegant options, professional options, and more, plenty of variety to make sure that you always have the right option to go with whatever look it is that you’re trying to present.
With the accessories above, you can make sure that you’re truly in control of the look that you’re serving. Of course, it’s all about finding those that best suit your own style so don’t be afraid to go beyond what the tips here recommend, either.