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Toting home bags full of new outfits can be invigorating, but what’s even better is when you have rockin’ accessories to multiply those outfits, creating even more enviable looks! Some girls are accessory queens, but others have a hard time finding the eye for ensemble enhancement. It seems some of the best dressers out there are effortless with their chic looks, like pairing their unexpected items was a no-brainer. Some of us, however, are left cocking our heads, girl-crushing as we wonder how in the world she thought to put those pieces together.
And for those who are nodding in agreement with the latter, this handy tip list will hopefully help you get more comfortable with owning your style and accessorizing in a way that fits your fashion. For accessorizing made easy, consider these key components…
What “look” are you going for?
In other words, what vibe are you trying to give off? Hippie, punk, preppy, mod, trendy, minimalist… A mix of a few? First deciding your overall look will help immensely when choosing accessories, because there are many motifs and materials that often resonate with specific styles. For example, sunflowers suggest a hippie or bohemian look, whereas a fake nose ring (which, by the way, is hot on the trend scene right now) would fit wonderfully into a punk rock, edgy look. For instant prep, pop on a pair of pearl earrings.
What is the cut of your top/dress?
Accessories such as earrings and necklaces are best decided upon when evaluating the type of top (or dress) you’re wearing. If there’s a collar or high neck, you can get away with a chunky necklace to draw attention to the feature, but keep the earrings simple. A deep-V is sometimes best left untouched so as not to distract from the sexy simplicity of the cut. Of course, each look is singularly unique and can always use a fresh perspective. Sometimes it helps to look at some of your personal style icons to see how she paired a similar item with jewelry. After all, even designers have muses.
Where are you going?
An important point to consider, your destination plays a huge role in which and how many accessories you should wear. If you’re headed to a casual sporting event, stay away from big jewelry and opt for a cute backpack instead—it’s low-key, functional and stylish all at once. If you’re headed for a night out, it’s time to break out the drop earrings and tiny clutch purse. Fashion should never tie you down, and a style pro will always look chicly appropriate for every single occasion.
What are you afraid of?
A question that seems possibly misplaced to some, assessing your fears when it comes to fashion is a great place to start if you are shy about style. Fashion is a form of self-expression, but if you’re afraid of getting strange looks or being judged for your pairing picks, you’ll never feel free to wear what you truly like. It’s helpful to remember that fashion “rules” often change, like the one about never mixing metals. All it takes is a trailblazer who’s confident with her style, no matter the size of her audience.