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Designer Micheal Kors once said accessories are the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit, and he couldn’t have said it any better. Accessories are what make an outfit. They instantly take an outfit from simple to stylish in a snap making you look expensive and fashionable even when dressed on a budget.
Take a look at all those stylish women and see what makes them stand out – accessories.
Want to know what accessories you should invest in?
Must-Have Accessories to Elevate your Style
There are several accessories that can help elevate your style and make you look more put-together, but here are some must-haves:
1. Watches: sleek for formal wear and sporty for casual
5. Bags: tote, a cross-body bag, or a clutch
6. Belts to add structure to an outfit and help define your waistline.
7. Hats: Choose a style that suits your personality, whether a classic fedora or a trendy baseball cap.
8. Shoes: Invest in a few pairs of quality shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits, such as a classic pair of pumps or a versatile pair of sneakers.
8 Ways to Elevate your Outfit with the Right Accessories
Ready to take your outfit from simple to classic? Here are some great ways to use accessories to achieve your desired look.
1. Consider Colorful Accessories to Brighten an Outfit
If your wardrobe is full of neutrals or you are into a capsule wardrobe, you can jazz up your ensemble with colorful pieces. For instance, you could add a fuschia scarf, a purple handbag, a red shoe, or a blue belt to your outfit. A single colorful accessory is enough to give that fashionable and stylish vibe.
Check out model Kendall Jenner for some inspiration. Her wardrobe is mostly made up of neutrals, but you hardly notice because she is always throwing in pops of color here and there with her accessories.
2. Invest in Versatile Accessories
It wouldn’t make sense to buy a ton of accessories just to elevate your outfit. You might as well buy that expensive stunning dress or pair of a shirt to look bougie. Instead, invest in accessories you can play around with to give you many options. Handbags are one such incredibly versatile accessory as they come in different styles, materials, textures, and colors. If you can invest in 2-3 classic handbags, you are home and dry.
3. Level Up Your Footwear Collection
Let’s be honest here. Shoes are the first thing ( after the outfit, of course) most people notice about a person as soon as they walk into a room. Not only are they an essential part of our grooming, but also a classic way to make a statement. This is why it’s important to invest in a footwear collection. Remember to buy versatile shoes that you can pair with many of your outfits.
4. Invest in Statement Pieces
As the name suggests, statement pieces are classic pieces that speak about your class and style without you having to talk. These could be a fabulous necklace, a designer handbag, a vintage coat, or simply a timeless leather belt.
It could be anything, really, as long as it oozes style, sophistication, and class. It should also be a piece that goes really well with everything.
5. Master the Art of Layering
You can layer your outfit with accessories such as a classic, timeless scarf. Not only will it be functional on cold days, but it will also enhance your look. Consider patterned, textured scarves or ones with some details to add visual interest to your overall look. We find scarves to be one of the most versatile layering accessories. You can pair it with a sweater, coat, blazer, shirt, etc.
6. Don’t Go Overboard with Jewelry
An important thing to remember when wearing jewelry is that less is more, so avoid going all crazy with your necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Keep it to a piece or two at a time to look stylish, well-put-together, and sophisticated. For instance, if you put on long dangling earrings, you may want to skip the necklace and wear a watch or a bracelet instead.
7. Quit the Matchy-Matchy
Keep the matchy-matchy vibe to your outfits only. Wearing matching accessories takes away from the whole purpose of trying to elevate an outfit. It adds no flair and no interest.
Experiment a lot with pairing accessories of different colors, textures, and patterns.
8. Finish Up Your Outfit with Sunglasses
How stunning does a woman with sunglasses look? It’s like adding a cherry on top of your outfit. Experiment with different shapes and styles to see what looks best on your face. Look up Jennifer Lopez to get some inspo on how to rock sunglasses. She is the style queen of sunglasses, from rocking them with casual to formal outfits.
Accessories can make or break your outfit, and while investing in a couple is important, knowing how to incorporate them into your outfits is crucial. You don’t need a ton of accessories, just the right ones to elevate your outfit.