No outfit is complete without accessories “ whether it’s a necklace, ring, belt or strategically-placed scarf. But how do you know when you should load up and accessorize like it’s going out of style or if the phrase less is more applies to you and your outfit? Here are our thoughts.
How busy should your accessories be?
Prints will jazz up any look, whether they’re floral, animal or an artistic mix of the two. It may be tempting to pair an abundance of jewellery with your loudest look in the spirit of looking eclectic. However, while you may think pairing copious amounts of necklaces and your favourite statement earrings with a paisley-patterned shirtdress is trendiness realized (yikes), you may come off looking overwhelmed as opposed to in-the-know. Instead, opt for an oversize ring with solid flats to flaunt the best of both worlds by drawing attention to your outfit and choice of accessory. Business is a good thing, but (usually) only in regards to your schedule.
Is Less Always More?
The concept of less is more has become a favourite of fashionistas everywhere, but if you’re sporting a plunging neckline, minimalist look or something simple, well-chosen accessories can mark the difference between bold and blah. Bandeaus and oversize tanks are one of the hottest summer looks, but if you’re rocking it sans necklace, bracelet or even an oversize sunhat, it can look as though you simply rolled out of bed. Pair sold staple tees and tanks with vintage necklaces (think the grunge look circa 1994), or class it up with lots of (faux) gold. That way, you’ve balanced yourself between casual and chic.
Mix and Match
What’s nice right now is that it’s in a state of anything goes. But that doesn’t mean you can wear a half dozen necklaces, a handful of rings, sunglasses and a headband worn simultaneously, it simply means that the notion of mixing and matching is good thing “ it’s just a matter of knowing when. Your printed band tee can easily be complemented by lengthy chains with delicate or vintage-inspired hardware (think: lockets or charms), while that outdated brooch can be pinned on a leather jacket for ironic trendiness. However, common sense is vital, so don’t forget that flaunting an eccentric headpiece or armband circa 1999 may earn you some looks that aren’t out of envy or appreciation.
Kitsch vs. Crazy
Piggybacking on the notion of anything goes, the concept of kitsch is also expanding, leading to novelty pieces (read: hippie handbands or brass knuckle-esque rings) that can look terrifying worn in the wrong capacity. Therefore, to look fashion-forward as opposed to a fashion victim, choose one type of it item and pair it with classics. Just like you wouldn’t sport leopard print, pearls and a headscarf, you wouldn’t wear a bow-tie with gothic rings. Hence, something like high-waisted skinny jeans, a plain black tank and gladiator sandals are the perfect canvas for you to paint a perfectly accessorized picture on.