The designer Marc Jacobs once said ‘Any opportunity to adorn oneself is human, and accessories are an easy way to do it’. Accessories are an easy way of making yourself look and feel beautiful, of adding a little extra sparkle to an outfit that you’ve had for a long time. Here are a few ways to add accessories to your look…
As pretty much all women know, shoes can make or break an outfit. A lot of us have known instinctively that a date just isn’t going to go anywhere when we look down and see his shoes, so we know that shoes can say a lot about the person who’s wearing them. If you’re in stiletto heels, you’re more focused on looking great and having fun than being able to move around in comfort; likewise, if you’re wearing boots with stacked heels, you probably want to be able to dance the night away. If you’re shorter, remember that nude shoes with nude tights and black shoes with black tights will make your legs look longer – but why not have a little more fun than that and go for brightly coloured heels in jewel tones? Just make sure you put pads in the balls of the shoes so you don’t get too uncomfortable.
If you love wearing colours like black and navy blue, you probably already know that the best way to catch a little attention and make them look gorgeous is by adding some extra brilliance with your jewellery. Hoop earrings can draw attention to your face if you have a plain outfit – pull back your hair for an elegant silhouette. A statement necklace can also completely change an outfit – go for a chunky crystal pendant to add some style or maybe even some kind of pocket watch for some added quirkiness. Bangles in different colours can also add a lot to your look, and chokers are also extremely in at the moment – pair them with lower necklines to add different dimensions to your outfits.
With bags, the main dilemma is usually about style versus practicality. A lot of us either go for glamorous clutch bags with jewels and sequins on them for a night out, but on the other hand some of us are big fans of carting our usual enormous satchels everywhere with us. One of the best tips for a good bag is to pay a little extra and get one that’s great quality – unless you’re vegan, it’s a good idea to buy leather and suede instead of plastic alternatives. They age better and crack less, so you can keep, use and enjoy your bag for longer. You should also make sure that you empty out your bag every two weeks so that you can trash any used tissues and receipts and return all your favourite lipsticks to your makeup drawer. Remember that a bag that’s too heavy can give you a very sore back.