Accessories have many uses. They are a great way to add a finishing touch to an outfit, to help transition clothes from day to evening wear, and to add a twist which reflects your own personal style and taste. Crucially, they can also transform an outfit instantly, giving you many different looks from just one key piece.
What counts as an accessory?
Basically anything which isn’t actual clothing; which gives you free reign to invest in some fabulous scarves, hats, gloves, bags and jewelry if you don’t have these things right now.
Do choose wisely though. Avoid buying several items which are similar – you can get much more wear and value from a variety of add-on items, and base the accessories you buy around the clothes you actually wear.
If your main wardrobe consists of neutral shades such as black, brown, grey and white you have your pick of brightly colored items to accessorize with, but if you are already a bit of a peacock then choose wisely, or risk stepping into clown territory.
Let’s look at a few items which make great accessory buys.
Every woman should have a selection of scarves suitable for different seasons to hand as they are one of the most versatile accessories around.
Winter weight designs like this plaid scarf are functional – being warm enough to keep the worst of the chills away, and stylish. This version is a soft acrylic-cashmere mix and is available in several color and pattern combinations. Opt for plain, block designs with patterned outfits and vice versa.
Apart from being warm neck scarves are also an easy way to add interest to plain office clothes – imagine teaming this stunning piece with its pattern of delicate Chinese roses on a blue background with a simple gray or white dress.
Sometimes a regular day throws up unexpected invites or changed plans, and you may have to manage with the clothes you are wearing rather than changing into something perfect. For example, if you have a simple scarf to hand it can be used to cover a beach dress with bare shoulders when you call into a restaurant unexpectedly for dinner.
Hats are not just for weddings! They can be both functional and pretty when worn at the beach, or add an air of sophistication to a dressy outfit. This wide brimmed hat comes in over a dozen colors, both bold and muted.
Add an edge to the most formal of outfits with these classy black leather gloves which sport a faux fur cuff, or glam up summer gear with these delicate lace fingerless gloves and their lovely flower design.
They are available in black, red and white versions.
You can never have enough bags, but it is possible to make do with three if you choose wisely: something practical, something casual and another purse for evenings out when style beats substance or capacity.
Every shopping trip is more fun with a bright, bold colored tote bag like this one, with its generous capacity and stylish look it’s a definite attention grabber. There’s plenty of space for everything women carry around on a regular day; and it’s available in neutral colors like coffee, beige, black and white, as well as brighter choices including both bright and light yellow, orange, pink and red.
When you are choosing accessories for evening wear a more delicate purse is pretty much essential, and this sparkly bag fits the bill just fine.
Choose between black, blue, white, khaki and rose – they are all equally stunning. There’s a surprising amount of space inside too, with separate compartments for keys, and cell phones plus a zipper section.
For casual events and relaxed days out it’s nice to have a fun bag to show off. This cat inspired creation is also available in blue, pink and silver; and is sure to jazz up even the most basic of outfits.
A decent pair of sunglasses is the perfect way to finish off your look, and these days it’s easy to find them in a range of shapes and colors.
If your taste leans more towards plain, classic styles check out something like these ‘cat’s eye’ sunglasses, which come with a choice of black, gold or silver frames and lenses in colors like blue, grey, yellow and silver. These are super stylish and classy, and will go with pretty much anything.
Reflective sunglasses are another good choice, and they definitely add a little extra to an outfit if the bold and mysterious look is one you like to cultivate!
This style is available in blue, gray, green, pink, red or silver.
Accessories are generally priced at a point where you can experiment, indulge, and enjoy changing up your look or adding a little extra something to freshen older outfits up. There are many more things which fall under this umbrella term too, such as jewelry – so that’s something to think about for next time.