Fashion accessories are decorative items that supplement one’s garment, such as jewelry, gloves, handbags, hats, belts, scarves, watches, sunglasses, pins, stockings, bow tie, leg warmer, leggings, necktie, suspenders, and tights. Accessories add color, style and class to an outfit, and create a certain look, but they may also have practical functions. Handbags are for carrying, hats protect the face from weather elements, and gloves keep the hands warm. Many accessories are designed by our creative designers. For many women, fashionable accessories, such as bags, belts and shoes, are simply an afterthought. However, if you want to make your own style statement, then they can be more important than clothes.
Nothing updates a wardrobe or changes a look of an outfit more than a few exquisite chains and bracelets, a hip belt, a colorful handbag or a pair of this season’s most fashionable shoes. Instead of spending a lot of money on outfits every season, you are better off buying some classic pieces, and then setting them off with some wow fashion accessories, which will say much more about your own personal style than clothes ever will.
“In the morning I think accessories first, then clothes second, says Hollywood celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, in her book Style A To Zoe (Grand Central Publishing 2007) “You might be in your favorite jeans and flip-flops but once you throw on a great belt, you’re that much closer to looking fabulous.”
According to many women, accessories, far more than clothes, allow them to transform themselves and nurture their inner fashion chameleon. Our shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, belts, bags and scarves say much more about where we are in our lives – or where we’d like to be. Fashion accessories on today’s magazines are all about making a statement. Jewelry is exquisitely designed, scarves are beautiful and with these classy bags and embroidered shoes and beaded handbags are no longer subtle.
Add a cute or chic hairpin to an elegant outfit and see what effect it has. You are never too old to create your own sense of personal style. Just by adding one single awesome piece, can make a difference to your both your outer look and your inner confidence. However, remember that whilst there is nothing fun and interesting in playing it subtle, also avoid “excessories”. Resist the temptation to go overboard with too many look-at-me pieces. Avoid pairing oversized necklaces with huge earrings; go for simple chains which give you added length instead.