Jen Holmes loves style on a shoestring. Here she shares her tips on how to transform an outfit with a few accessories.
I’m a firm believer that accessories make the outfit. A simple t-shirt can be transformed with a statement necklace, while a classic LBD becomes even more chic with a delicate gold bracelet. I’m not sure Coco Chanel knew what she was saying when she advised us to ‘take one piece off’ before leaving the house… I say the more accessories, the better!
As simple as it sounds, accessorising your outfit isn’t just a case of throwing on a pair of earrings and calling it a day. The right jewellery will accentuate your clothing, draw attention to your style and flatter your face. You just need to pick the perfect piece!
So, to ensure you always look beautiful in your bling, I’ve put together the ultimate guide to accessorising. Take a look…
Step 1 – what are you wearing?
Accessories should complement your clothing, not overpower it. If you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt, a plain jersey dress or classic monochrome look, a bold necklace or stack of bangles will add detail to your outfit. Go for bright colours, mixed beads and chunky cocktail rings.
If you’re mixing patterns or wearing something with intricate detailing, your accessories should be more neutral. A thin gold chain with a dainty charm, classic diamond ring (if you’re lucky enough to own one!) or pretty pearl studs will add a subtle amount of sparkle.
Step 2 – where are you going?
Different occasions call for different jewels. While a bit of bling can work during the day, it’s best to save your shiniest stuff for the evening.
Wooden beads, fabric necklaces and plastic rings look great with more casual outfits, while a classic piece in gold and silver or anything with heavy embellishment works well for a dramatic night-time look.
Step 3 – what works best?
When choosing your accessories, pay attention to the lines of your clothing. Details around the neckline, like ruffles or beading, work better with a simple necklace, while a strapless dress will look great with drop earrings.
You can also use accessories to emphasis your best bits – slender wrists suit chunky bangles, long fingers look great in big rings, and a draped necklace will really flatter a killer cleavage.
And that’s it – the ultimate guide to accessories. Now you can go forth and sparkle!
Jen writes the personal style blog A Little Bird Told Me