There is no doubt that choosing the right accessories can really enhance any outfit on any occasion. But there is also a balance that you can strike between making sure your accessories are noticeable and not overdoing it. Though the individual pieces you select are really down to your own personal style and taste, there are a few simple rules that you can follow that can really give you a helping hand. So, without further ado, here are some of the top rules of accessorising.
Don’t overuse large items
Statement jewellery pieces often look great, particularly when paired with simple outfits which provide a good base. But you should be careful not to overdo it, particularly with larger pieces. A good rule to follow is not to wear or carry more than three big accessories. So, this could include a bold necklace, sizeable watch and large handbag. And you should also aim to match these items with regards to the colour, style and material where possible.
Only match smaller jewellery
Though wearing earring, bracelets, rings etc from the same collection may seem like a simple choice, you could also argue that you are not using all that much imagination. And you also may start to feel like a brand ambassador for that particular company! On the other hand, matching one or two items can provide a nice touch, as long as the items are small in size.
You don’t always have to match handbag and shoes
One rule that you may have heard in the past is the one that states that you have to match your handbag and your shoes at all times. Though this often looks good with more neutral colours, you don’t always have to do it if you are wearing bright shoes. In fact, in this case, it often looks better to carry a handbag in a contrasting light tone.
Decide what you want to be the focus of your outfit
Choosing what the focus of your outfit is often one of two things; either you go for bright clothes or eye-catching accessories. When you are putting together an outfit, try to have in mind exactly what sort of look you are trying to achieve. You may be wearing a simple jeans and t-shirt combo or a little black dress, in which case, the accessories can take the majority of the attention. On the other side of the coin, you may be wearing a colourful summer skirt, so your accessories can be a little more understated so you are not diverting attention away from it.
Think about whether your hand suits large rings
Big, thick rings don’t tend to look good on shorter fingers as they end up taking up far too much space. On the other hand (so to speak), thinner rings can help to visually increase their length so this is worth bearing in mind before buying them. If you are looking for some elegant thin rings then click here. And there is nothing wrong with wearing a few on different fingers.
Stay away from combining dark footwear and pastel tones
If you are wearing an outfit that includes all pastel tones, there is something that doesn’t look quite right about having darker shoes on your feet. Instead, you are better off going with some footwear of a lighter shade that doesn’t contrast with your outfit too much.
Large collar or bulky scarf
The choice should always be between a large collar and a bulky scarf – try to avoid both at the same time. If your coat has a big collar, you could go for a lightweight scarf over your neck that goes underneath your outer layer.
Make sure you have plenty to choose from
The beauty of accessories is that you don’t have to spend vast sums of money building up your collection. And you also don’t need to worry (too much) about all your accessories taking up vast amounts of wardrobe space. It is amazing just how much you can transform an outfit simply by slightly altering the accessories that you add to it.
Keep your accessories in zones
When you are planning out what accessories to wear, try dividing up your body into zones. For example, around the facial area is one zone while the hands and wrists are another separate zone. So, with regards to the face zone, you may just decide to go for a single pair of statement earrings. Looking at the hand and wrist zone, you can just wear some bangles. Ultimately, it is all about not overdoing any of the zones and knowing when one is complete. Embellished clothing such as a shirt with a sequinned neckline can cover off this particular zone so you don’t need to add a necklace to it as well.
Divide your jewellery into categories
Some jewellery is fine to wear all the time regardless of what occasion it is. A wristwatch is a good example of one such item. However, if you are going to work in an office, you don’t want to go with anything that is too distracting or noisy. If your workplace is more conservative, go for simple items like stud earrings and slim bracelets. On the other hand, if you are going to a formal event, this is the time where you can show off your elegance with your more expensive pieces, though you should still stick to one statement piece while downplaying the rest. For a less formal party, pretty much anything goes so this is when you can get really creative. Less is more is a rule that you don’t really have to follow so much with this type of event.
Use the above rules as guidelines that you can follow when you are accessorising any outfit. Of course, they are not set in stone so you can still be free to bend them a little bit if you think something is really working for you.