It’s amazing how much difference a small accessory can make. Take the example of hats. A simple black trilby can be jazzed up in so many different ways; adding a brightly colored ribbon, a glitzy silver butterfly brooch, a feather, or even a studded dog collar.
You might choose a single statement piece. This is definitely a good way to go for men; a watch that really sums up your style, whether that’s Omega classic or a Swatch with rainbow stripes, or a really stylish man bag. For women, it’s often the handbag that does the hard work, but you might choose a chunky necklace or a pearl rope, for instance. One British judge prefers a gleaming spider brooch on a little black dress.
If you have an extrovert personality you might choose a different route and go for accessory overload. For instance, a lapel covered in brooches, or ten different pearl necklaces worn together, gives a really rich effect; or you could choose different bracelets and bangles to accompany your watch.
Belts are always good accessories. Broad sash style belts look great tied around coats or tunic dresses, for instance. Don’t forget the breadth of materials available – leather, tapestry, metal, or even a woolen scarf worn as a belt. Belts are particularly good accessories for men, but they’re very personal; a thin snake skin belt with an enamel snap fastener sends a very different message from a broad rawhide belt with a big brass buckle.
Don’t forget unusual accessories; silk flowers, for instance, feathers, or old lace. These look good with a bohemian style outfit, and can also match a country styling.
Glasses and sunglasses need to work with your outfit. Aviator or cat eye? Heart shaped or square? Pastel colored frames or metal? You might decide you need two pairs, one for work and one for playtime.
Accessories are often seen as the luxury in a wardrobe. In fact, they’re a good investment if you learn how to get the most out of your clothes by switching accessory stylings. For instance, a black dress with a silk scarf is fine for work; replace the scarf with a necklace, add a blingy belt or a big pair of earrings, and you’re ready to party. Just changing your accessories can take the same dress from Grace Kelly classic to bling-bling outrage in moments.
While an Omega Seamaster watch will set you back nearly $2,000, most accessories are a lot cheaper. Costume jewelry, in particular, you can find for next to nothing – particularly if you’re smart enough to check out the discounts at Vipon first!