Don’t you just hate it when you come up with a great outfit but suddenly realize that there is something missing? Even after you’ve put a lot of thought and effort into your outfit, you’re not happy with the way it looks when you put it on. That ‘something’ we often feel we’re missing are accessories, and when you pick the right ones, your outfit will go from ‘okay’ to ‘absolutely fabulous’ in a blink of an eye.
For many women, autumn and winter are ‘hosiery seasons’ but you can use a lot of opportunities to top up your outfit with a wonderful set of socks, stockings or tights. Still, you should be aware that tights should be paired with something else in your outfit, be it your top, your handbag, scarf or a piece of jewellery. This way you are creating continuity and rounding up your outfit in style. On the other hand, if you really want to make a statement with your tights or you have a pair of stockings you are dying to show off, you can make them the statement piece of your outfit.
You might not wear a lot of jewellery or you might not feel comfortable wearing it because you fear you’ll lose it, but keep in mind that even the smallest and simplest of pieces can change and improve the way your outfit looks on you. A small vintage brooch, a simple chain necklace, a pair of hoop earrings or a chunky bracelet will definitely draw attention. Start by slipping on a nice bracelet to your bare wrists or use a chunky watch instead and don’t be afraid to reach for statement pieces that your mom and grandma used to wear.
There will be days when you won’t want to wear any accessories, but that doesn’t mean that your outfit should be boring. Shoes are a magnificent way to add more style and elegance to your everyday look, but you should also put your comfort high on your priority list. If your outfit doesn’t allow for jewellery or scarves (turtlenecks usually do that), you can use good old shoes to upgrade your outfit. If it’s going to be a long day, put on those chunky blocked heels as they distribute your body weight evenly or reach for a pair of statement flats, perhaps something with pearls, sequins or animal print.
Bags are the best accessories because they are both convenient and stylish: they allow you to keep all the things you need close by and they look amazing. You can start by picking your outfit first, because not all bag styles go with all outfit combos. There are six classic handbag styles, and if you feel like you could use some help, find a good handbag guide and decide which style is best for you. If you’re in love with more subdued and simple colours, you can try getting a bag of an interesting shape. On the other hand, you can use a bag to add texture to your outfit so you might want to try PVC, suede, sequins, satin or faux leather.
When you wear bracelets and rings, bad-looking fingernails are out of the question. Also, if you don’t feel like wearing any jewellery on your hands, a nice and unusual mani can do the trick. Iridescent rainbows, metallic hues, stickers and crystals, nail art and intricate drawings, matte and shine finishes are all there to help your hands look amazing. It doesn’t matter if your nails are long or short, the most important thing is that they’re always clean and neat. Even if you don’t have the time for colour, a simple base/top coat combination will keep them protected and strong.
Clothes may be in focus when it comes to your outfit, but at the same time the accessories are what makes the outfit stand out. Regardless of how big and chunky or small and delicate the accessories are, they will certainly help bring the outfit together. In addition, statement accessories are a great way to express yourself and your personality. They are a simple way to show off your style and tell the world what you love, which is why they should always be full of meaning and above all – unique.