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Top 5 Things to Know When Choosing Accessories

Updated: Jun 3, 2022

Accessories are the best way to step up your style. They communicate uniqueness and can complement your best outfits. Accessories can also add life to your old outfits, giving them an enhanced look with added vibrancy. However, many women aren’t sure what to look for when choosing accessories that accentuate their best features.

What is accessorizing?

Accessorizing is an excellent way of spicing up our outfits by adding small pieces such as jewelry, adornments, and shoes. Fashion accessories can complement any outfit, whether it be a casual, professional, or formal look. The right accessories can bring out your unique sense of style and boost your confidence. You may even get compliments from friends or strangers. Conversely, the wrong jewelry can make you feel uncomfortable and give off a “mismatched” look.

Below are the top 5 things to know when choosing the right accessories so you can magnify your look and get the most out of your outfits:

  • Skin type

Your complexion and skin tone influences whether the accessory will work well with your overall appearance. Lighter and darker colours are suited for a bright complexion. Neon colours can make you look dull. Instead, opt for pastel colours like navy blue.

People with darker complexions and olive skin tones can pull off bright-coloured accessories. Like light-skinned complexions, they will also look great with darker colours and can pull off wearing white or cream.

People with warmer skin tones can look great in bold colours such as copper, brass, and yellow gold.

Knowing your undertone or skin type will help you find the proper foundation to strengthen your complexion, giving it a healthy glow.

  • Body type

If you're plump, large accessories are not the best option for you as they draw attention to your weight. It would be better to opt for sleeker or more delicate options such as delicate chains for bracelets, necklaces or even anklets.

Those with petite bodies can go for larger, more bold accessories. Just be sure the accessories complement the outfit when it comes to colour and material.

No matter your body type, you should carefully balance your accessories with your outfit. You should also avoid wearing more than one heavy accessory like a bold chunky necklace with large statement earrings, as it defeats the purpose of being a “statement” accessory.

  • Your face shape

There are different types of facial shapes. You need to learn your facial shape as it determines what accessories are best for you. This revelation will make you use your face a little more “pop” to help you shine.

For instance, if you have a round face, avoid accessories that make your face appear wider, such as circular earrings. Instead, opt for more narrow-shaped earrings that lengthen your face.

People with oval faces can choose various accessories, from long necklaces that accentuate the neckline to round-shaped earrings.

Wear accessories that soften your angular features, so your face doesn’t appear “sharp” if you have a square-shaped face. You can go for earrings with rounded designs and circular shapes for a more feminine look. Dangle earrings and a choker necklace can also elongate your face giving it a classier look.

  • Choose high-quality materials

When it comes to accessories, always go for the ones made from high-quality material. You can opt for subtle pieces like small diamond studs, simple hoop earrings, or a delicate pendant necklace.

If you're looking for accessories for an event, you can opt for quality materials like gold or silver. These materials may seem expensive, but the quality will always make you stand out.

Another factor to consider is your skin's sensitivity. If you're sensitive to certain types of metal, then go for materials that don’t irritate your skin. High-quality jewellery is less likely to irritate your skin as they are made from more pure, raw materials.

You should also consider colours and patterns. Gold and silver accessories and neutral colours like black, white, and grey go well with all kinds of colours. Still, feel free to pick other vibrant and fun accessories like shoes, belts, or scarfs to elevate your look.

  • Define your style

Your style determines the accessories you choose. It sets the rules for what you'll go for on a particular occasion, whether you’re heading to a casual brunch, business meeting, or cocktail party. If you're going for a professional look, you can wear simple accessories such as a simple necklace or a grey belt. If you want to make a statement, go for more than one accessory as long as your look remains balanced. For instance, you can wear oversized jewellery to give you that edgy look.

A bib necklace or glamorous earrings are also a great way to make a statement. Remember to match your jewellery with your skin tone, as this is better than matching the jewellery with your outfit.

Be open to experimenting with different kinds of accessories. You may not get it right the first time, but you'll likely find the right style once you try out different combinations.

The Successful Woman wrap-up

These top five tips will help you get it right each time, no matter what event you’re attending or what look you’re going for. You can always look your best if you know what suits you.

Accessorizing can seem intimidating or overwhelming, especially if you haven’t paid much attention to them before. If you are new to the accessory game, start with a few simple pieces so you can begin to get a feel for how they match your outfits and how they feel on your body.

It is worth noting that accessories have value in themselves. However, they are magnified when worn as part of a “whole”. Once you start to fall in love with accessories, you will feel your look is incomplete when you don’t wear any.

Therefore choosing your accessories can help you stand out and be noticed, boosting your confidence and making you feel great and confident in your outfit.

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