Accessories are a broad category that encompasses everything from jewelry and shoes to hats and handbags. Accessories often serve a practical function and can accentuate your outfit while showcasing your personal style.
At its core, accessorising is the ability to bring a decorative flair to any outfit. From casual to formal, accessories can take your wardrobe to the next level—but what does it really mean to accessorise?
In this guide, we cover everything you need to know to start accessorizing any outfit. You’ll learn the types of accessories to add to your accessory library, how to accessorize for any event, and much more. If you’re ready to demystify the world of accessorizing, let’s dive in!
Why we love accessorising
How you choose to accessorise may differ from how someone else chooses to accessorize – and that’s all part of the time. Accessorising is ultimately another form of self-expression. You can change the entire feel of a little black dress just by shifting from accessories like pearl earrings to a pair of red stilettos. You can take the same clothes you wear to the office to a night out without changing into something new.
Need even more reasons to level up your accessorizing skills? Here are just a few:
Saves you time
By accessorising your clothing, you can reduce your decision fatigue and reincorporate old standbys into your wardrobe. Different earrings or a new necklace can spice up an outfit you’ve worn for years. And if you’re a minimalist or love putting together capsule wardrobes, you can get even more out of your clothing with accessories.
Helps you stand out
Accessorising can make you stand out in any environment. Are you in the boardroom? Try adding an accessory that’s professional yet makes a statement to command the attention of your colleagues Are you at a party? You can stand out with a cool pair of drop earrings. If you want to see and be seen, accessorizing is your secret weapon.
Lets your personality shine
Accessorising also gives you a chance to be yourself. Wear pieces that mean something to you or say something about your personality. This can be anything from a favorite piece of heirloom jewelry to a hair accessory you’ve made yourself. Incorporating your favourite colours, prints, materials, and textures can help show off who you are.
Saves you money
While you might think amassing accessories is expensive, it can be much more cost-effective than buying new clothing for your wardrobe. Accessories can be worn multiple times in many configurations that can change the entire look and feel of an outfit. This means you can spend less overall on your clothing budget and get more out of your existing wardrobe.
We don’t want to overlook what might be the most compelling reason to invest in accessories for your wardrobe: they’re simply fun. You can choose accessories that make you smile. You can tell stories about pieces when you’re asked where you got them from or what they represent. Plus, you can gain a new sense of confidence – and there’s nothing better than enjoying how you look and feel.
If you’re unsure how to get started, this guide can help you. Let’s take a closer look at the steps you can take to learn how to accessorise your wardrobe.
There are tons of accessories out there, but in this guide, we’ll stick to these nine basics:
While some of these are essential, you can make strategic choices when choosing accessories to elevate your entire look.
Within each category of accessories, there will always be current trends to experiment with. What’s important is to consider whether trendy or timeless accessories fit your outfit, mood, or occasion.
Trendy accessories change quickly – remember platform shoes in the ‘70s or neon plastic bangle bracelets in the ‘80s? And often, these trends return decades later in a slightly newer form.
Once you know the kinds of accessories and trends you can follow, you need to know how to put them together with your outfit. That may include choosing the right colors, editing your look, accentuating a garment’s cut, and more. You will learn exactly how to start accessorizing later in our step-by-step guide.
You also need to know how to choose versatile accessories that match your fashion goals. You can even learn how to take the same outfit to different levels by changing how you accessorize your clothing. For example, a simple denim skirt and blouse can be casual with a pair of sandals but become a dressier outfit for a night on the town by switching to heels and adding a belt.