The art of accessorising

If you’re a bit bored with a certain outfit or garment one way to ring the changes is through accessories. It’s always a cost effective way of cheering yourself up when you want something new to wear but your budget won’t stretch to that lovely top you keep looking at!

with wht shirthermes on wht t shirt

A patterned scarf with a white top looks very stylish

In this post I’m not going to talk about handbags I’m going to look at jewellery and scarves. Never before has there been such a good choice in costume jewellery. I’m lucky, in the small town where I live, there is an independently owned accessories shop and over the years I’ve found some real gems. Of all the department stores Debenhams and House of Fraser seem to consistently have the best selections.

silver earringblack metal feather earring

Discreet or more flamboyant?

A really neat pair of earrings looks very feminine and can ‘finish’ an outfit. The black feather earrings look sophisticated and could be worn with a simple block colour dress or a more formal work outfit. Yes, really! If you have read one of my previous posts about simple steps to being stylish you will remember that a little element of surprise and contrast is stylish and makes you look as if you have made an effort. You don’t want to look like everyone else, do you.

metal broochswirl metal brooch

Brooches – the most under-used accessory

Wearing a brooch may remind you of your Grandmother or favourite Aunt, however, brooches can make a real impact on plain outfits. Visit vintage fairs where you can pick them up for anywhere between £5 and £30. I have a large diamante brooch which I wear with my denim jacket. In the 2 images above imagine there were no accessories. The outfits would not be remarkable in any way.

Most women will wear a necklace and a pair of earrings but there are still women who tend not to wear bracelets. This is a pity as there are so many three quarter length sleeves around and bracelets can balance this.

bracelet with red tasslesilver squiggle bangle

Casual or more sophisticated? It’s up to you.

When you accessorise you need to take into account the size and placement of the jewellery. The larger the piece the more likelihood of the eye being drawn to that area of your body. For example, the bracelets put onto chain is a novel way to give depth to a plain white top. I wouldn’t wear that as it would draw attention to my boobs! The last thing I want. I would wear the wood and brass necklaces especially with a severe round neck.

bracelets on chainwood and cord necklace

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