Be it the iconic Miranda Priestley (The Devil Wears Prada) announcing "Details of your outfit are the first things that people notice.” Or, the great Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl) declaring “Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It's movement, design, and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we'd like to be”. The fact that accessories really “make or break an outfit” is undeniable.
In fact, here are some tips on accessorizing your outfits that would make your style ‘speak-volumes’ even when you don’t. A statement belt to synch the waist, or a scarf is really the quickest way to harmonize a sophisticated office-wear look to your personal style. And, with a simple swapping of the jewelry or addition of a sparkly clutch and matching heels takes the same outfit from work-day to cocktail-night.
One of the best tricks to make accessorizing simple is to match the tones in your outfit. Co-ordinate your heels to the bag you carry, and you automatically look like you put in the effort. Accessories hold the power to transform a basic ensemble into a fashion statement.
As Nina Garcia, the renowned fashion journalist advises, "Invest in good accessories; they are the easiest way to update your look." With the right kind of accessorizing, outfits can become perfect expressions of personality; so next time you go shopping, look for pieces that scream “YOU”, that hold the power to be your voice when you walk into a room.
Invest more in timeless pieces compared to ‘trendy’ ones. A pair of nude heels, a black clutch, golden hoops are some accessory staples that can elevate any look. If you aren’t afraid to experiment, have a couple of bright, colorful scarves and bags in your wardrobe, they can elevate any boring outfit in a jiffy. Be bold, blend styles and tones in your jewelry pieces. Make sure you own a bright red lipstick, and express yourself through your fashion choices. It can make you feel a sense of agency like nothing else.
But the key to accessorizing lies in moderation; because ‘less really is more’. So, take it from Coco Chanel, and “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off." Remember, all it took for Audrey Hepburn to transform her little black dress into an absolutely timeless statement was ‘a single string of pearls and a red lip’.