Accessories Make an Outfit
What are accessories?
More than anything else, accessories make an outfit. Think about a pair of jeans – pair them with sneakers and you have a very casual look, add a pair of high heeled boots and a whole new look emerges, how about a pair of strappy sandals or jewelled thongs – again the look of the outfit has changed.
When dressing always wear at least two, preferably three or four accessories Consider how these accessories complement each other too – don’t wear an elaborate beaded necklace with sneakers, this necklace will work much better with strappy sandals, whilst sneakers are a very casual look and a plain silver or gold chain will work better with them. And if you’re a bloke, don’t wear strappy sandals!
Many of us get very lazy about our jewellery, we wear the same earrings and necklace day in day out without a thought of how something different could really add impact to how we appear. Jewellery is great for drawing attention up to our face – and if people are looking at our face, they’re not noticing the size of our bum. The face is the centre of communication, and it’s where you want people to be looking. Wearing earrings and a necklace or scarf or brooch, can focus attention on our face, or for men a tie does the same thing – so therefore it is imperative that you choose the right accessories, something that flatters and compliments you.
Tips on Choosing your Accessories
1. Consider your scale – are you small boned or big boned? Particularly tall or short? Whatever your size, keep your accessories in scale with you, e.g. if you’re petite, don’t wear chunky platform shoes as they will look ridiculous and dwarf you, also consider the size of your handbag – anything too big will make you look even smaller.
2. Consider your personality – do you like being the centre of attention? Then wear bigger, bolder accessories, if you wouldn’t consider yourself particularly creative or bold, then wear accessories that are in scale with your body frame.
Make sure your accessories speak quality, when your wallet is looking stuffed and bashed up and your shoes are scuffed, you will look down-at-heel. Ensure that the accessories you wear project the right image – don’t wear a sports watch with a business suit, and alternatively, don’t wear a dress watch with your tracksuit.
Each season update your accessories, just by adding new elements such as shoes, a scarf, glasses or jewellery to your wardrobe, you can revitalize your wardrobe basics and look up-to-date without spending a fortune and replacing your wardrobe.
© Imogen Lamport, 2006
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