Do you ever wonder how someone you work or go to university with looks so good, even though most of what they wear can be found in your own wardrobe? Their secret almost always lies in accessorising their outfits the right way. As a general rule of thumb team accessories in opposition to your outfit: sleek, snug-fitting clothing is enhanced with chunky, bold accessories, while a bold print or baggy garment is best offset with discreet accessories like subdued shoes and slim belts. Here are some specific core accessories that you can add to your wardrobe immediately: they are sure to go with many of your existing outfits!
A single signature bracelet or bangle in a vibrant colour or material is an excellent addition to any jewellery box. No matter whether they are made from brightly coloured plastics (available in just about every shade possible!) or from precious and semi-precious metals, a bracelet clasped around one wrist looks great, adding a unique distinction to what otherwise might be a modest appearance.
Everyone, male and female, should invest in a few silken satiny scarves in their favourite colours. These useful squares, triangles or rectangles of cloth are unbelievably versatile. Not only do they come in a wide range of fabrics, patterns and colours, but they can be worn in a variety of ways too. The very daring can use a wide scarf as a boob-tube style top, but even more inhibited users can use a scarf as a belt, a colourful and stylish hair tie, a head-wrap and, of course, wear it more traditionally, around the neck, either as a close wrap to keep the throat warm and covered, or loosely, tied between the breasts to enhance cleavage or to complete an outfit.
If you love your feet but feel that you must keep buying slender high-heeled shoes with painfully pointed toes, you will love this tip: opt for a more sensible shoe, with squared toes, thicker soles and wider heels. Not only will this be more comfortable for your feet, but it is better for your balance too. It will also set you apart from all the women taking small careful steps so as not to lose their balance – you will be able to enjoy a good stride while still looking great.
While with some fashion items you can get away with budget-price replicas, sunglasses are not amongst these. High quality sunglasses look well-made and having a pair of designer sunglasses will lift your whole outfit into the next level of excellence. And, of course, the better-quality sunglasses will protect your eyes from glare and the sun’s harmful rays so much more efficiently. If you want to make a substantial fashion investment, splashing out on some Oakley or Ray-ban sunglasses could be the way to go!
A simple pearl necklace is a classic, must-have accessory that everyone should have handy. There is a timeless and classic elegance to pearls that adds a certain something to almost any outfit. A pearl necklace could be teamed with formal wear, office wear and even with jeans, to add effortless chic to your look. For a quirky variation on the theme, you could purchase a pearl embellished hairpin or some pearl earrings to team with your outfits.
The bag should be tailored to the occasion, only carrying essentials for the event you are attending. Avoid backpacks and large handbags in a formal setting – as while convenient, they can definitely appear to be out of place. Choose your bag or clutch with care. Cheap or tawdry handbags not only look awful, they drag down the rest of your look too.
Always spend the most you can comfortably afford on your core wardrobe to ensure it stands the test of time, both from a fashion point of view and a durability one. The same applies to your accessories. Choosing high-quality pieces ensures that they will last you a long time – and elegance will never go out of fashion!