Making the Most of Your Accessories

One of the most common phrases women say, almost on a daily basis, is ‘I have nothing to wear!’ It should come as no surprise since we, as women, seek out beauty in every shape and form, including our wardrobe.

The problem is that a piece of clothing, as appealing as it may have been upon purchase, becomes dull quite quickly.  It is very much about the novelty, about being current, trendy, and standing out.  This doesn’t mean you have to throw out half of your closet every month; that would just be wasteful, and most of us don’t have a budget for that anyway.

The smarter thing to do is to accessorize.

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. We hear the word repeated constantly, but what does it really mean? Well, the idea is to complete your outfit, spruce it up, or just plain transform it, all by adding some essential and eye-catching accessories.

Belts

Let’s start with belts. Any ensemble, whether it is a dress, a tunic, a pair of jeans, or a skirt, could look completely different with the right belt.  Depending on the shape of your body and the style of your outfit, you can choose from a wide range of belts including thick, thin, leather, fabric, and a huge variety of colors.  If you are wearing solids, you have more options.  Choose something with vibrant colors or even patterns.  If you already have a lot going on in terms of prints and patterns, go with a simple, solid belt.  Yes, even a plain patent leather black belt could add some flavor to an old dress.

Hatswoman wearing a red hat

Once considered the ultimate fashion piece, hats are still “in” since they are really timeless. We may no longer be required to wear them to formal events and pretty much everywhere, which was the case in the past, but we can definitely seize an opportunity to stand out by adding a funky hat.

Every season has a variety of styles to choose from including dressy hats, sporty ones, and even hats that are appropriate for a night out on the town. With summer right around the corner, a perfect accessory for dressing up a plain sundress is a wide brimmed straw hat.  Add a pair of trendy sunglasses and you will look like you walked out of a magazine.

Scarves

Though some people feel like they aren’t “scarves people” or simply don’t feel there is a place for a scarf other than wintertime, you really shouldn’t say no until you’ve tried the look.  Jeans and a t-shirt, a shirtdress, a skirt and a top; all of these outfits and many more can be transformed with a bright colored or printed scarf wrapped around your neck. It’s casual, modern, young, and just plain fun.

Bags

It is unclear as to when exactly bags became “bags” and not a purse, or a pocketbook, or when it became a key fashion item, but it is clear that the right bag can actually make an outfit.  There has always been a selection of handbags, but today bags come in so many shapes, sizes, and styles that it can be difficult to know where to begin.  Choosing the perfect bag to accessorize with has to go along with the purpose of your outing of course, but it also has to have the “wow factor.” This means, all eyes need to be directed at the bag before anything else.  This can be done with a metallic bag, an embellished one, or a bag boasting an animal print.

Necklacescasual necklace

Though there are accessories that are larger and can demand more attention than a necklace, or any piece of jewelry for that matter, there is nothing like beautiful jewelry.

Whether you go for something trendy or stick to traditional, a necklace can add color, taste, and character to an otherwise boring getup. There is a huge range of choices when it comes to necklaces in terms of metals, stones, styles, sizes, etc. However, you can never go wrong with a stunning colored diamond necklace.  With all of the class and beauty of colorless or fancy yellow diamonds, and the added vibrant colors, a colored diamond necklace can instantly dress up, change, or touch up any outfit.

Earrings

If there is an accessory that is not given enough credit, it’s a pair of magnificent earrings.  Sometimes all it takes to liven up your attire is wearing glittering earrings. Some ideas for striking earrings include hoops, chandelier earrings, and drop earrings. They can be gold or silver, include gemstones or colored diamonds, and come in a range of sizes and colors.

Bracelets

With busy schedules and all, many women forgo the bracelet. It’s just another thing on your wrist, getting in the way.  But when you are looking to get dressed up, that’s when the bracelet should be remembered. A solid colored dress, suit, or outfit can go from being unnoticed to noticed with a colorful bracelet. A colored diamond bracelet, such as one that includes yellow, blue, or pink diamonds, can be the perfect accessory for the “safe” little black dress.

Rings

We are seeing more and more women boasting large rings, and we are not talking about engagement rings.  Cocktail rings are huge now, and if paired with statement earrings can replace the need for a necklace.  Even a drab choice of clothing can be livened up a bit with a shiny, colorful ring. For example, a colored diamond ring, or a ring featuring a colored gemstone can attract attention as the hand moves and shimmers.

Shoeshigh heels

Shoes are not just made for walking. They are made to make a statement.  They can say you’re casual, you’re hip, or that you’re classy.  They can come in any of the colors of the rainbow, in a variety of fabrics and endless styles. There are even shoes that have diamonds on them!

So, if you are getting dressed and you feel like something is missing, trade those plain flats for some colorful pumps, or ditch the black sandals for a glittering silver pair.

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It might take little getting used to, and might even involve investing in some crucial accessories, but once you get the hang of it you will be amazed by the amount of options you now have.  You can mix and match, always wearing one or two different things so that you are constantly renewing your look instead of repeating it. Dig into your closet and find those accessories.  They aren’t in there just to look pretty; so go ahead and make the most of your accessories.

Written by Maxine Bradley, a  guest blogger from Quebec, who has wardrobes full of hats, shoes and scarves.

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