It’s common knowledge, everyone’s heard it, accessories make the outfit. It’s like a good haircut. A good hairdo will completely transform your look! The more dramatic you are with the chance, the more dramatically different you’ll appear. But, you don’t always have to dye your hair a crazy colour or make a serious cut, sometimes an updo or a simple clip is enough to transform you for the occasion. You don’t have to be a pro stylist to choose the right extras but you can learn to make the most of your outfits and accessorize them perfectly.

Casual Day Wear

If you’re just popping to the shops, you may not go for any elaborate details. Though, if you’re making a day of it, a few simple items can enhance any daytime look. Start off with something simple like coordinating your bag and belt colours. If you are wearing a dark outfit, try adding something brighter that will really stand out like a vibrant scarf. When it comes to jewellery, most people prefer to go for a minimalist approach. You might just want a watch, a slim necklace or some simple earrings.

Lunching

If you’re making even more of an event of our day out and planning a nice lunch somewhere, you might want to add a little extra something. If you’re wearing something more subdued in colour, add some sparkle with matching earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Take a look at the collection from The Iconic for a little more inspiration. The shoes that you are wearing are also a big factor, and you may want to try to coordinate these with your bag or belt, choose something comfortable and if you have a good day pair of heels, depending on how posh your lunch is –  you might want to grab these!

Dinner Parties

dinner party can be pretty casual, or a more formal event. Depending on what kind of party it is, you can change an outfit to more casual, e.g. adding a belt to a dress, or more formal e.g. accessorising with stoned jewelry. Try the rule of three; choose a trio of items that you will wear. The classic choice is one piece of jewellery, a pair of shoes and a handbag. The three items that you select should have some sort of stylistic theme or otherwise match in colour. If you have gone for a darker dress, then more colourful accessories are a good choice and vice-versa.

Night out

If you are planning a big night out, you may be tempted to over-accessorize. But sometimes a ‘less is more’ approach is a good one to take. On these occasions, you often want your outfits to take priority and your accessories to take more of a backseat role. Go for something like a simple clutch bag and a pair of matching heels. If you are planning on wearing jewellery, try going for a few pieces which are elegant and understated rather than bold and brash. You must remember as well – the more enthusiastic, shall we say, your night is, the less likely you are to want to be hanging onto an over-sized clutch and heavy jewelry. 

Beachwear

Of course, when you are at the beach, you don’t really have to wear much of anything. But, there are a few things you can wear to make your swimsuit feel like it’s part of an outfit. A good pair of sunnies will take you far and of course be pretty useful on a sunny day, check out a guide of how to match sunglasses perfectly to your face shape. A big, floppy-brimmed hat is a fab beach accessory and great for shady naps.  You probably won’t want to be wearing too much jewellery while you are at the beach, but you could just select one item like a colourful necklace or bright bangle to finish off your outfit.

The beauty of accessorizing is that you can really get creative and you can turn a boring outfit into a stunning one with just a few simple pieces.

Sarah x