When it comes to dressing with style, it’s not enough to just color-coordinate your outfit and call it a day. As every true fashionista knows, it’s the carefully selected accessories that make a great outfit rather than the actual clothes.
However, creating impeccable outfit combos doesn’t require a professional stylist. Dressing luxuriously is all about the details. Here are several ways you can use accessories to add some luxe flair to your outfit yet look effortless.
Avoid looking too matchy-matchy
Take notes: nothing screams ‘flat’ and ‘boring’ more than too much repetition. Be it a color, a pattern, or a theme, if there’s too much of the same thing, it just looks overdone. Instead, use several colors and aim for balance.
For instance, rather than wearing a top, shoes, bag, and watch in the same blue hue, wear just one or two green-colored pieces, and incorporate another hue or pattern. Minor tweaks like these go a long way in styling an outfit that is cohesive and make a difference between matchy-matchy and coordinated outfits.
Handbags (and diamonds) are a girl’s best friend. They carry all their essentials they can’t imagine their days without, and they can elevate an outfit in an instance when worn right. However, even our favorite arm candies can get a bit boring if we’ve worn them too many times.
Before you go shopping for a new bag, try accessorizing. When it comes to ladies, stylish charms and faux fur keychains can add a pop of color to an everyday handbag. When it comes to gentlemans, tied silk scarves will add a dose of sophistication and a dash of glamour even to a casual outfit.
Always add a statement piece
Sometimes, less really is more, especially when it comes to accessories. Even the famous Mademoiselle Chanel insisted that we should always take one thing off before leaving the house. As we all know, this fashion rule has stood the test of time.
However, accessories are essential to a woman’s outfit – even a single statement accessory can make any outfit feel more luxe and stylish. Be it chunky jewelry, a big printed scarf, or a handbag in a loud color, powerful pieces can take outfits from blah to awe-striking. Just remember to keep the rest of the outfit simple so that statement pieces take the spotlight.
Make a statement with sleek showstoppers
When it comes to men’s fashion, we know that they usually like to keep things simple. They’re practical and like to wear things that are functional and serve a purpose. This is why many of them don’t really wear that much jewelry.
However, when worn right and kept in good shape, accessories can leave a powerful impact and make you appear more polished and elegant. Whether it’s a statement piece such as a showstopping wristwatch, a pair of sunglasses that fit your style and face, or a fashionable Cuban link chain, functional accessories like these can elevate any outfit combination while also acting as tools for self-expression.
Go minimal with everyday essentials
While women usually need a bag or at least a small clutch to fit their everyday essentials, men tend to take a more minimalist approach and forego all the items they deem unnecessary or ‘extra’. However, if there’s one essential they bring everywhere they go, it’s money.
While wallets can be practical, getting some quality money clips for men is ideal for holding those bills when wearing suits or when bulky wallets just won’t do. There are ways to carry our essentials stylishly – rocking these nifty add-ons is just one way to do it.
Amp up your suit
Casual or formal, suits make men feel more powerful, especially when they’re tailored and made to fit. While suits already look elegant on their own, there are ways to amp them up and bring out the most of them. Pairing an interesting tie with an elegant tie clip is a great place to start if you’re new to wearing suits. The same goes for bow ties, cufflinks, and lapel pins.
Ties in extraordinary hues and materials are great if you want to take your suit game to the next level, but you can also make your suit look more luxe by rocking brightly-hued pocket squares or tying a fancy necktie knot.
From shoes and bags to jewelry and fashionable extras, accessorizing is definitely a form of art everyone can (and should!) master. It is a great way to take your outfit to the next level and add a touch of personal style to your #ootd, and having a carefully curated arsenal of accessories and a bit of styling know-how certainly helps. Use these six tips from our guide above to perfect your accessorizing game and manage to pull off an elegant, sophisticated, je ne sais quoi look – every day.