Accessories: Five Wardrobe Secrets to Help You Style Like a Pro

Ever wonder why some people always look ready for a photoshoot even when they wear jeans and a t-shirt? Psst! They know the secrets of accessorizing to take their outfit from ho-hum to hello there!

The right colour, shape, pattern, size and texture of accessories can accent your personal style and draw attention to your best features. The choices for accessories are endless – jewellery, belts, shoes, boots, handbags, hats, scarves, eyewear and even socks!

Use these five professional accessorizing tips to help you renew a weary wardrobe and fire up a fresh vibe without breaking your budget.

Start with Your Outfit

Think of your outfit as your backdrop. What’s the style? Is it classic, natural, dramatic, romantic or casual?

Consider other factors. Is the outfit a bold, bright colour or muted? Is it silky smooth or a textured knit? Does it have one solid colour or a busy pattern of stripes, checks or florals?

If your outfit is eye-catching, then count it as the statement piece and keep your accessories simple. Choose scaled-down items like small earrings, a delicate necklace, neutral-coloured shoes and a single-coloured bag.

On the flip side, if your outfit is monotone, try splashy accessories. Pick a multi-coloured scarf, a chunky necklace, a textured belt, or spectacular animal print heels.

Proportion is the Key

Consider the proportions and shape of your accessories to add balance to your outfit.

For example, if you’re wearing a bulky cardigan or a jacket with an oversized collar, lose the hefty necklace or voluminous scarf. Instead, select small, sleek accessories to balance your silhouette. Choose thin, dangling earrings, a couple of metallic bangles or neutral shoes.

Wearing a form-flattering black pencil skirt with a white button-down masculine shirt? Go wild!