Thursday, 23 July 2015

Simple Ways to Accessorise

I love accessories of all types and have several drawers dedicated to costume jewellery and handbags. Not to mention my wine rack full of scarves! I even have my own online accessories boutique.

In the current (August) issue of Aspire, my fashion column is about the art of accessorising, so this blog post is based upon that along with a few additions.

Accessories are designed to add detail and finishing touches while complimenting the wearer’s personality and wardrobe. They can change the whole look or mood of an outfit and can be as important as the clothes themselves. Sometimes more so. 

Accessories catch the eye and can be used as a focal point to draw attention towards, (or away from), certain areas. A statement necklace will draw the eye upwards if the wearer has a great new hairstyle. A ring or bracelet will ensure an amazing manicure gets all the attention. A belt will of course draw the eye to the waist.

Accessorising a Simple Monochrome Outfit with a Statemen Pendant (available in my boutique).

Rose Gold Dragonfly Pendant (similar) 

A well-chosen new piece is the best way of embracing or dipping a toe into a new fashion trend. Khaki can be difficult to wear head to toe and may be a one-season wonder. A scarf in that colour proves the wearer is aware of summer’s hottest hue but isn’t a slave to fashion.

Outfit: White tee, skinny jeans, snake print wedges and khaki Scarf, available at Lizzy O

Pattern mixing is popular currently too. Combining a striped top with floral trousers may be one step too far, but a floral scarf or flowery necklace would add enough contrast to make the stripes more interesting. As would a leopard print scarf or a polka dot one. The possibilities are endless.

Accessories work wonders with wardrobe staples and will update favourite outfits simply and easily. A pair of dark skinny jeans worn with a fitted white tee shirt would look very different when teamed with a pair of flat brogues, a scarf and a preppy cross body satchel than they would when accessorised with a pair of killer heels, a statement necklace and a dainty clutch.

Accessories should reflect the wearer’s character. There are no rules.  
But it is worth considering skin tone and hair colour. Does silver jewellery suit more than yellow gold, or is the soft warmth of rose gold the ideal tone.  If mustard yellow or cobalt blue are favourites but not flattering worn next to the face, avoid scarves and necklaces and opt for a handbag, a pair of shoes or a bracelet.

Double wrap bracelet in shades of  silver (similar)

An unexpected accessory can make the biggest impact. 
Leopard print shoes with a demure black dress, a pair of chandelier earrings with a chunky jumper, a bright orange handbag with a blue and green patterned top. 
All add interest, texture, colour and individuality.

Be brave, experiment, build up an accessories wardrobe. Ring the changes and make that wardrobe work much harder.

Love Liz x

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