Complete The Look: A Guide To Using Accessories. - Porsha Carr Blog

Complete The Look: A Guide To Using Accessories.




When it comes to finishing an outfit off, nothing compares to accessories. Accessories add a little something extra; a new dimension that creates an image of a look that has been perfectly tailored from head to toe. 


What can be considered “accessories”? 

Realistically, anything that isn’t a garment could be considered an accessory. Jewelry, for example, is an accessory, as are bags, scarves, hats, gloves, and similar items. Somewhat surprisingly - despite their necessity - footwear such as shoes and boots are also generally considered to be accessories. 

How should accessories be used? 

While the term “rules” would be an overstatement - fashion and style are highly individualistic, and the only rule that you should ever really abide by is “I will wear the things I like” - there are a few commonly-agreed tips that can help you to use accessories effectively:

1. Limit the number of accessories you use

When it comes to accessories, seeking to complement your outfit is the goal - yes, you’re adding new items to the look, but these additions should be in alignment with the garments that you have chosen to wear. If too many accessories are used, then there’s a risk that these dominate your clothes and draw too much attention rather than every piece (both garments and clothes) blending together to create a perfect whole. Four is a decent “maximum” to set, though you do not necessarily need to count your shoes - which have to be worn - in this number. 

2. Consider your hairstyle 

The way that you wear your hair has a surprising influence on the accessories you use. While they may be exceptions (and it’s fun to experiment to see what works), as a general rule, elaborate accessories like big statement scarves and drop, long earrings are best worn when you’re wearing your hair up, while delicate necklaces, skinny scarves, and earrings without a “drop” such as studs or wood plugs are more flexible and can be worn when your hair is up or down. Again, eliminating the risk of your accessories competing with the rest of your look - in this case, your hair - is the reason for this: smaller pieces do not “compete” with your hair, but larger pieces can, so these should only be used when your hair is tied back.

3. Play with different colors 

Once upon a time, matching your accessories was very much the done thing: if you wanted to carry a purple bag, then you’d wear purple shoes, a purple hat, and amethyst jewelry. However, there’s no doubt that such an approach is restrictive and, thankfully, has largely been abandoned in recent years. While working from a color palette can be a great way to choose accessories and ensure they work well with one another, there’s no need to exactly match colors or shades.

In conclusion

Whether it’s a delicate chain necklace, an eye-catching cocktail ring, or the perfect sumptuous fall scarf, accessories are an essential inclusion in any outfit - and hopefully, the guide above will help you to make the most of your preferred accessories in the future.

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