Do you ever spend hours putting together your outfit, and then call it quits because you don’t know the best accessories to complete the look? I see this a lot! Accessorizing is such an important part of personal style, but often gets overlooked because choosing the right pieces can be tricky. Either they don’t go with the outfit, or they don’t work for you.
That’s why I’m sharing 3 simple accessorizing guidelines to help you seamlessly style your outfit from shoes to earrings.
Let’s start with what works for you. To complement your skin, hair and eyes, choose jewelry in colors and metals that harmonize with your natural coloring. If you are warm toned, then you’ll wear gold. If you are cool toned, choose silver. These are the metals to wear near your face. You don’t have to stick to just one metal though. For instance, if you wear gold hoops, you can add silver in your necklaces, rings or bracelets. Just make sure you’ve got gold in those other areas so the mixing of metals looks intentional. This means that if you’ve got gold hoops, your necklaces can be both both gold and silver. Or you could wear a gold watch with a silver bracelet.
Now let’s discuss which shoes go with your outfit. It boils down to the fact that they must feel cohesive with your silhouette. A slim or straight silhouette in your outfit pairs best with a straight or slim shoe. If your silhouette is wide, choose a chunkier shoe. If you are mixing a wide and slim silhouette, like pairing wide pants with a fitted top your shoes can be either slim, straight or wide. Generally you don’t want to bring in a shoe style that doesn’t align with the rest of the look.
Accessories are a great way to add personality to your outfits. Be sure they’re adding something to the look so they don’t feel extraneous or random.
Did you ever hear the quote, “When in doubt, leave it out“? I think it has to do with grammar and using a comma, but you can use it with accessorizing too! Have purpose with your accessories. Don’t wear just to wear. Use your necklaces to accent a neckline or provide contrast. I love pendant necklaces to create a V-shape in my outfit. I also like to use my jewelry for a subtle sparkle so I’ll hide the charm under the shirt neckline, and leave just a thin chain to highlight my face.
Before adding your accessories, ask yourself what’s it for? Know the purpose. Will it add value to the look? Or will it feel random? Ultimately you’ll train your eye to see where to place the best accessories. Until then, practice practice practice. And ask a trusted friend!
Click play to watch the video where I take you through my accessorizing process as I’m getting ready for a special event. It was a bit of a challenge because I didn’t want to shop any new pieces. So I accessorized using only what I had. Eventually it came together!
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