Accessorizing: The Right (And Wrong) Way To Get Creative

The accessories you wear can make an instant impact on your look, lift any outfit, and help you stand out from the crowd. But accessorizing the wrong way can result in a severe style disaster. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about how to accessorize the right way, and make sure you stay on point, on-trend, and avoid making mistakes.

Keep It Simple

While accessories can lift any outfit, they are also capable of overpowering it completely. You might wear an attractive bunch of bangles as a highlight, for example, but combining it with five or six necklaces is probably overdoing it - and vice versa. Too much jewelry can look a little trashy, so if you want to pile it on, only focus on one particular area and go plain and straightforward everywhere else.


Be Appropriate

Don’t turn up for work wearing your chunkiest, dangly earrings - simple and professional is all you need. Keep your playful jewelry and accessories for nights out and special occasions.


Don’t Hide

Accessories should complement your clothes, not hide or overpower them. It’s the same principle for your face. A large, low brimmed hat paired with an enormous pair of sunglasses of your choice will make you appear like you are trying to hide, and won’t do your appearance any favors. So, if you are wearing a hat, be sensible about your choice of eyewear. And if you do go for the chunky looking glasses, consider dressing in a smaller hat, cap, or even a headscarf.


It’s All About The Bag & Shoes

The plainest of outfits can look stunning with the simple addition of a great pair of shoes - and even more so when you have a bag or a clutch to match. There’s no need to splash out hundreds - or thousands - of dollars on a new pair of Louboutins, however. There are plenty of budget-friendly brands out there and off-season sales where you can pick up bargains and look great for less.


Highlight Your Best Points

Accessories not only include your outer features, but your inner ones too! A bra con be disastrous to your look, especially if it's the wrong fit and not made for your body type. Knix's comfy bras are perfect for your specific body type and just as the name says, they are comfy too!


Color On Monochrome

If you are wearing a monochrome outfit, choose a more exciting color scheme for your accessories. Similarly, if you are going out in a colorful floral print dress, keep your jewelry and accessories nice and straightforward. Use the color of your accessories to highlight what you are wearing, too. For example, if you are wearing brown clothing, you might offset it with amber or orange stones, or a yellow scarf and shoes.


As you can see, it’s easy to get accessorizing wrong - but it won't’ take much to get it right. If you have any tips to share, feel free to do so below!


Must-Have Accessories For Any Outfit

No outfit is complete without a full set of carefully chosen accessories. You might be in the most glamorous dress in the world, but without the jewelry or a purse to go with it, it just isn’t right. You don’t need to spend a lot on your accessories to have pieces to suit every occasion, but you do need to choose wisely. Make each purchase count. If it can work with something chic and elegant just as well as your everyday outfits, then it’s well worth the money. 


My favorite accessories would have to be rings. I love the simplicity and style of midi rings just as much as I like something shiny on my finger, like a diamond. If that's not in your budget,  a lab created diamond ring can look so stylish and every bit as good as the real thing. If you’re after something that screams chic, then choose quality jewelry for your hands. Earrings and bracelets are also pretty important accessories. Hoops and drop earrings have their place, but a quality stud looks really elegant with whatever you're wearing.


Hair accessories are a great way to help you sculpt your hair into any shape you want. I love clips that can be hidden under the hair, but when it comes to showing off your hairstyle, the accessories you choose should be beautiful. You can find quality hair accessories from stores online. Look for items that add to the shape and texture of your up-do.

Necklaces can draw the eye down the neck and to your chest. I love necklaces with lots of different lengths, so I have something for each top. Choker style necklaces look really cute over the top of roll necks and they also look elegant with a plunge neck dress. Necklaces don’t need to be expensive to look glamorous. You can certainly fake it here without cheapening your style. 


Scarves are so versatile. You can wear them with business wear, casual dresses, or even your winter coat. I like to have a good variety of scarves to hand to suit every occasion. They’re not expensive to buy. You can pick up some beautiful designs from the market, or some silk ones from the boutique. The choice is yours. Scarves should feature the dominant tone of your outfit in a more vibrant shade to work well. Because they can be tied in dozens of different ways, you can wear them in any way you like.


Belts and hats often go together and can completely transform an old outfit. With belts, they can make a simple dress pop or your pants look really goo(and stay put) with a simple tee or tank. With a hat, they can be your BFF on a bad hair day, or make your entire look and lipstick (hint ladies) POP! 


I love to accessorize my outfits. If I can make an old outfit look fresh again by vamping it with accessories, then I’m happy. What’s in your accessories collection?