Accessorizing is like an art and as an artist you need to carefully choose which pieces balance out and complete an overall look. There are a variety of accessories to choose from, such as scarves, jewellery, sunglasses, hats, belts and so on.
Any of these can make an ordinary outfit look great just by choosing the right ones, so here are a few tips to help you stylishly complete your look.
Don’t overdo it
If you’ve been asked whether you’ve come from a dress up party due your overloaded accessories then you haven’t taken into account the most important rule, don’t overdo it. If you wear rings, earrings, bracelets, belts and a necklace all at once it will look more like a mess than a fashionable ensemble.
But don’t think that this means you can’t layer jewellery, you just have to do it right. For example, you don’t have to wear a bunch of bracelets if you’ve already layered a few necklaces. So if you’re going to layer one area make sure to keep it to two main statement pieces and keep the rest as minimal as possible.
Pick a focal Point
What is the first thing that people notice about you? Is it your face, waist, legs or bust? Depending on where it is you can use accessories to define your focal points. So you must first pick a part of your body that you want to accentuate or detract from. Then use accessories to bring attention to the chosen focal areas through colour, a striking design and using minimal accessories on other areas.
A polished look is achieved through balance, so be sure to not go overboard with your focal points and accessories, too many can look flashy and inappropriate. So be sure to choose three as your maximum. For example, if your face is the focal point then you’ll want to wear earrings, a necklace or a scarf to bring attention to it. If it’s your legs, then be sure to wear a colourful pair of shoes or leggings.
Balance and harmonize accessories with your outfit
When accessorizing, it’s important that your accessories harmonize and balance out your outfit. Harmonizing an outfit means making sure that there is a theme or common element between the outfit and the accessories; this could be a colour, texture, design or style. For example, if you’re wearing a light coloured feminine dress, wear sandals with a similar colour and lightness.
You’ll also want to balance your outfit with your accessories, this means that you don’t want to make any part look heavier compared to others. So play with your outfit until it looks balanced, you don’t want one half looking heavier than the other. For example, if you’re wearing rings in one hand wear bracelets on the other to balance it out.
Now that you know the basics to accessorizing any outfit, why not use these tips to help you put together a masterpiece.