It’s all about the accessories when you want to make a statement or show off your own style. While, as the song says, you’re never fully dressed without a smile, you also need accessories to completely pull an outfit together and bring out the look you are aiming for.
Choosing the right accessories is not easy for everyone, though. Some people seem to have an almost magical flair for style and fashion. They have the perfect necklace or bracelet to complement every outfit, their purses match their nails, and everything just blends together flawlessly. And others just plain need all of the help they can get to dress decently.
Whether you fall on either extreme or land somewhere in the middle, here are 5 tips to help you choose the right fashion accessories to show off your personality and style.
Make Your Statement
Avoid trends if you don’t feel comfortable.
Not all trends work for all body types, personalities, or ages. For example, you may absolutely love the latest style of wearing bell bottoms with chunky belts, but if your body type does not showcase this outfit well, you are better off steering clear and finding a style that flatters you instead.
Remember, just because the celebrities are getting away with a certain trend does not mean everyone else can. They pay their fashion experts to dress them to show off their best assets. Your personality and body style may not match theirs, and you probably don’t have an on-hand expert to guide you.
Know your fashion personality.
Through your style choices, you show off your personality. When you know what this “fashion personality” is, it saves you from buying clothes that look good at the moment but that you will never wear outside of the store.
Knowing this personality will also help you to choose clothes and accessories that help your confidence improve, flatter your figure, and complete your ensemble seamlessly.
Shop within your budget.
You can have quality accessories without breaking your bank or running up your credit card balances. When you find an accessory style that you like, do some research to see if it is available at discounted prices if your budget can’t afford luxury goods.
This useful page helps you to understand the differences between real and simulated jewelry and how to purchase quality simulants that rival the real thing with an affordable price tag. When you learn that you can buy within your budget and still show off your personality and style, shopping becomes more fun!
Determine the occasion and match the accessories.
Accessories change your outfit’s overall appearance, so it’s important that you choose them wisely. If you wear a simple black dress to a funeral, you wouldn’t want to accessorize the outfit as though you were going to a dance club.
From the jewelry you choose to the shoes that you wear, your accessories set the tone. Consider the level of refinement that you are looking to create. If you love to accessorize, use scarves, jewelry, and shoes to show off your style, and then play around until you have the exact tone you are looking to create.
Each place you visit has its own level of refinement. When you are headed to the grocery store, you can dress a certain way and accessorize to please yourself, but if you are wearing the same clothes to the office to work, you need to tone down your style to create a more professional appearance.
Stiletto heels are fine for a night out, but they may not work for your job. Chunky, patterned scarves and bracelets are fun, but not always professional. Remember that although you want to show off your personality and your style, you also need to dress for the occasion and environment.
Avoid overwhelming your outfit.
You can always upscale your clothes by adding accessories, but there is truth in the saying that there can be too much of a good thing. Your accessories should flatter your features, not take over your appearance.
Take some time to make an inventory of your features, completely unbiased. Don’t focus on all of the negatives. Be real about the best features in your body that you want to enhance and your less favorite features that you want to suppress or hide.
When you know these features, you can shop for products that work for you in your style and personality. If you are petite with finer features, wearing large jewelry can detract from rather than enhancing your overall appearance. Instead of going overboard, try to layer smaller necklaces to create a large piece or make it transparent instead of solid.
On the other hand, when you have features you would like to reduce, like making your arms look slimmer, there are little tricks you can use. Avoiding cuffs or tight bracelets is one of them. You can wear bangles or other loose bracelets that make a gap between your skin and the jewelry and create a slimmer appearance in your arms.
There are tricks to create the illusion of a bigger bust or a smaller one, reduce the appearance of your thighs, make yourself look slimmer or heavier, and more. It’s all done with the careful selection of accessories – the best tool in your toolkit.
Your Accessories Complete Your Look. Whatever look you are going for, it’s not complete until you accessorize. From top to bottom, your jewelry, shoes, belt, scarf, and more show off your personality and your style and complete your outfit.
Learning the finer points of accessorizing lets you flatter your figure, enhances your finer points, and draws the eye away from areas you prefer to hide. While clothes may make the man in some cases, accessories truly make the best overall look for everyone.