5 Tips To Make Accessories Work For You

Posted on August 15, 2017 · Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Image Consulting, Personal Shopping

Accessories will really be hot this fall!  Are you ready to embrace it and add some new pieces to your fall/winter wardrobe?  If you’re on the fence or don’t know where to begin, I’m here to help.  How would you answer the following questions?

When you shop for accessories do you:

-buy them first and work your outfit around a statement piece?

-buy all things on trend and then pile on the accessories-MORE IS MORE?

-rarely shop for accessories because you have your favorite 5 pieces and you rotate them with everything from jeans to your cocktail dress?

-have no clue where to start when shopping for accessories and end up wearing nothing or the same earring studs and your wedding band?

-Or are not interested in shopping for accessories because you throw on a sports watch, sunglasses and a hat and head out the door?

 

To me, accessories are the icing on the cake, the bow on the package and the finishing touches on your outfit. Don’t be afraid to accessorize. Here are 5 tips to help make accessories work for you.

 

  1. What is your personal style?  Are you traditional/conservative and love pearls or smaller less “showy” statement pieces? You may like diamond studs and a simple gold or silver chain. Or do you love trendy pieces that help make a bold statement with your outfit?  Maybe you are sporty and wear minimal if any accessories other than your Sports watch to count your steps for the day. Or you have a creative style & love “one of a kind” pieces, the funkier the better. Whatever your style is, know it and embrace it BUT don’t be afraid to change it up a bit.  Try a new accessory item, be it a scarf, choker or longer earring this fall. This helps keep your image fresh and can totally change the look of your outfits. Your style may change over the course of your life, I know mine has. I went from creative-anything goes to rocker chic and mixing metals and styles.

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  1. Take stock of the accessories you have. Are they broken, an orphan (1 earring), or tarnished. If so, and you can’t replace the missing piece, polish it or repair it….throw it away! Keeping damaged pieces take up great, real estate in your jewelry box or area where ever you store your accessories.

 

  1. Make a list of accessories you need to coordinate with certain outfits. Maybe a new pair of pearls to replace a damaged pair or an updated pendant necklace to coordinate with several dresses or tops. Do you need some new basic hoops or simple earrings b/c you’re tired of wearing the same studs all the time? The list will save you time roaming from store to store and money because you’re not buying every accessory in sight.

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  1. Once you have your outfit pulled together, add the accessories that coordinate, if you’re a traditional/conservative dresser, add a pop of color to your ensemble with a print/patterned scarf AND wear your favorite necklace with the scarf. For Fall 2017, MORE IS MORE! So if you are comfortable wearing numerous pieces, layer them, mix gold and silver, mix soft and hard trends/feminine and rocker. Let your personality show through in your choices.

 

  1. Use your smartphone to take pics of your outfits with accessories. This will help you on the days you’re running late or just don’t want to think about what to wear to work. It will take some time to lay out the items and photograph them but when you’re done, you’ll have your own online closet! Easy to see, use and then wear to make the statement and show the world who YOU are!

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Don’t be afraid of accessories! Embrace your personal style, add some of your favorite accessory items and utilize them with each outfit. Wearing accessories can take your wardrobe from average to exciting if accessories are added correctly and with intention. Go with your gut on your likes/dislikes but don’t be afraid to “step out of your box/comfort zone” and try at least one new piece each season. Who knows, it may become your favorite piece.

 

 

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