The Dos and Don’ts of Accessorising an Outfit

Accessories can make or break an outfit, which is why it isn’t as simple as just wearing any accessory. Accessorising can be a fun way to play even more with your style and create a whole new look with different outfits. If you’re new to the accessorising game, it can be hard to know where to start — so here’s an easy run down of the dos and don’ts when it comes to your accessories!

Don’t Have Too Many Accessories in One Place

You don’t want to have a bulk of accessories focused in one area of the body, with none elsewhere. For example, you should try to avoid putting too much around the face and neck area. You don’t want large, dangly earrings, a heavy necklace and a thick neck scarf, all at once.

Do Choose a Few Staple Items Instead

Instead, choose one item which is going to be your staple piece and style around it with more subtle items. If you want a bright neck scarf to be the winning item, you can then wear small stud earrings and perhaps a very simple thin necklace. Or, just the neck scarf! It’s an accessory after all.

Don’t Have Too Many Different Colours or Styles

Accessories come in all shapes and sizes, but that doesn’t mean you should put them all together at once. You want your accessories to complement each other as much as they complement your outfit, so you want to avoid clashing colours or completely opposite styles and designs.

Do Choose a Seamless Approach

It’s a good idea to instead choose a particular theme or colour you’re going for with your accessories for a certain outfit. With jewellery, it’s a good idea to pick a metal colour and stick to it. You can search for specific items like silver jewellery online so that you can ensure all your items match. For example, having a black outfit with silver jewellery only can look very elegant, compared to an outfit with silver and gold mixes or other jewellery colours which don’t match.

Don’t Force Accessories onto a Busy Outfit

You don’t have to wear a large amount of accessories if your outfit doesn’t call for it. If you’ve already chosen an outfit which is rather busy — such as bright, bold patterns — perhaps a simple bracelet or pair of earrings is all it needs.

Do Plan an Outfit Around a Favourite Accessory

It may be that you don’t know what to wear, but you have one specific accessory that is non-negotiable. Perhaps it’s a bright pair of killer shoes, or one large necklace which you absolutely adore. If you have an accessory ready to go, you can then plan your outfit around this. For example, a pair of red shoes are going to be very eye-catching, so it’s a good idea to have the rest of your outfit in plain or muted colours.

If you’re wanting to wear a necklace, be sure to choose an outfit with a neckline which best shows it off.