An outfit is never complete without the proper accessories. Not only can it dictate the difference between a casual and a casual smart outfit, it also provides an opportunity to express your own personality and style.
Not all women are however skilful in the art of accessorizing and therefor choose to rather avoid the effort. Here are a few tips to assist:
Create three points of similarity
When accessorizing, create points of similarity by introducing the same theme or colour to three of the following items: earings, necklace, scarf, bag, bracelet, belt or shoe.
For example when wearing a white t-shirt with blue jeans, you can wear silver earings, a silver belt and silver shoes. The perfect finishing touch!
If you have a long neck, wear short necklaces or scarves around the neck to create the illusion of a more balanced neck. Do the opposite with a short neck i.e. avoid short necklaces, scarves around the neck or chokers. Opt for longer strands instead.
Determine what suits the shape of your face, be it oval, round, sweatheart or square.
For example: When you have a sweatheart (pointy) chin, avoid earings with a sharp point, accentuating your chin. When you have a square jaw-line, avoid square shaped earings, opt for hoops instead.
The shape of your hand and the width of your fingers will determine which style suits you best. Short fingers, wide hands: Narrow bands will make your shirt fingers look longer and slimmer. Wide, thick or cluster rings will make your hands look shorter.
Long fingers, narrow hands: Invest in medium-sized style or cocktail rings that are still popular fashion items this season.
Once again it is important to know the shape or your face. When purchasing a frame, go for the opposite, for example: when you have a round shape to your face, choose a square frame or when you have a square face shape, choose a more round or oval frame.
The frame of your glasses should sit on the bone that surrounds your entire eye socket, including your eyebrows. Make sure the top of your sunglass frame follows the natural shape of your eyebrows.
Belts are high fashion accessories at the moment, especially the wide ones. Not all women should however wear a wide belt in their waist. Chata Romano gives the following guideline to determine your best belt width:
Measure the distance from underneath your bust to your waist.
Deduct 5 cm to ensure there is enough distance from under your bust to the top of your belt. The balance of the measurement will give your correct belt width.
Avoid wearing a belt if you are short waisted or have wide hips and a full stomach.
Your bag should never be wider than the width of your body, viewed from the side.
The wider the bag, the wider your body will look!
The colour of your hemline and your shoes should match, it does not have to be a perfect match but the same tone or darker, but never ligther.
Metallic colours such as bronze, gold or silver are much better options than less elegant white shoes that scuff easily and shows dirt quickly. A golden sandal can quickly dress up any black dress or pair of jeans!
8. An economical way to update your wardrobe
Accessories are an economical and easy way to update your classic wardrobe items. Invest for example in a pair of animal print pumps paired with the same print scarf – the easiest way to turn a basic pair or black pants and white shirt into a stylish, up to date outfit, ready to meet the girls for high tea!
9.Experimenting with Colour is easy
If your wardrobe consist of mainly basic clothing colours such as grey, black, white, stone or navy, but you would like to bring in more colour but not sure how, then accessorizing with colour, is a great starting point. Buy for example a red and silver necklace and pair up with matching earings and a red bag to go with your grey and black outfit to warm up this winter.
Never underestimate the power of accessorizing, it will turn any ordinary outfit into an extraordinary one and see the compliments from your family and work colleagues’ rolling in!
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