Accessories are the finishing touches to any look. However, it’s just easy to over accessorize and look over the top, especially if you have a lot of options and don’t know which pieces to pick. A great thing, you’ll never be a fashion don’t once you know some of the insider tricks to accessorizing. So, keep on reading for the 6 practical accessorizing tips from fashion stylists.
- Consider where you’re going.
“A chic, sophisticated crystal necklace may be the ideal accessory for a day full of meetings, but wearing it to give your closing trial argument is probably not a good idea—the shimmer will distract rather than attract your audience,” stylist Kristina Moore says. If you wish to dress up your basic tee and jeans, think of adding a fur scarf instead of a necklace like fashion blogger Johanna Olsson did, especially if you don’t want to be too noticeable on your casual weekend looks.
- Always opt for comfy shoes.
“When putting your best foot forward, my biggest advice is to make comfort key,” says stylist Chelsea Jackson. You may even opt for ballet flats and chic slip-ons that can be ideal for walking. But if you need some height, chunky blocked heels are perfect for long-wear days because your body weight is evenly distributed throughout the shoes. “But if skinny pumps are your thing, sticking to one- to two-inch heights helps maintain balance. If you are walking with caution in three-inch heels, save them for a night at the theater,” says Jackson.
- Jeans are more than dress-down clothes.
If you’re a fan of casual jeans, don’t stick to one look, but mix and match instead. Stylist Bobby Schuessler suggests pairing structured, more professional pieces like a blazer and pointed-toe pumps with casual finds like distressed jeans and a tee. Like fashion blogger Johanna Olsson, you may even opt for a chic tube top teamed with a designer bag and heels. If you wish to go for a casual top, punch up your look with heels or wedges and leave the sneakers for the gym.
- Pay attention before buying jewelry sets.
Finding a great necklace and earrings already matched up in a pretty package is an effortless win when it comes to accessorizing your outfit. However, it might not be the best look you can get at all times. “You want to make sure the jewelry sets aren’t going to overpower your outfit. If you are wearing a very busy top in designs, you will want a more subdued jewelry set. If you have a lot going on with your clothing, the best way to accentuate is with a calm set of jewelry that will complete the outfit, not compete with the outfit,” says editor Amber Edwards.
- Sweater weather is not an excuse not to accessorize.
“When you have an outfit that doesn’t allow for wearing much jewelry, like a fair isle that has a large turtleneck, look to your shoes to upgrade your outfits,” stylist Bridgette Raes says. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, you may simply complement your cozy outfit with a bold colored shawl that can add some flair to your looks without making it over the top.
- Always accessorize a little.
To perk up an outfit, “always add at least one statement piece, as it will make your outfit go from good to knockout,” suggests stylist Courtney Hammonds. Like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, a classy wristwatch can be enough to spice up your minimalist outfit. Or, you may even think of a light, patterned scarf around your neck before leaving the house in that all-black outfit, as well as wearing a cuff bracelet on your wrist to make a sheath dress look cool and not-so-classic. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to perfectly accessorize your outfit and look more fashion-forward than ever.