Why accessories are important
Today I want to show you how important accessories are.
They can completely transform an outfit.
To highlight that, I created some looks that all contain jean and a white T-shirt and gave them different attitudes using only accessories.
Such as shoes, jewels, scarves, bags and makeup
All black accessories with different textures and silver details. Spikes and smudged black khol for more attitude.
Crazy retrofuturistic shoes meet an adorable blushing ghost and a complementary colored holographic clutch. Nail polish follows the candylike color harmony.
Daring sandals and bold necklace in complementary colors are completed by a surrealistic clutch, discreet bangles and a sparkly burgundy nailpolish on toenails.
Beige, black, silver and pearl make a perfect classic harmony spiced up by red polish and a floral printed scarf.
Natural colored accessories featuring different textures such as suede and regular leather, shiny gold, delicate feather and straw hat awaken by a hint of red and print.
Those surprising derbies are the star of this outfit that keeps thing on the minimalist side. Note that silver and gold can work together if properly mixed.
Natural color mix with different textures and a colorful bracelet.
After seeing all this looks, I already ear some of you thinking “yes but I do not have that much matching accessories in my wardrobe”.
You don’t need to!
Those are very iconic outfit examples I created with the infinite wardrobe that is displayed on polyvore, but when I style clients (or myself), I create outfits with fewer accessories!
Matching accessories from different “style background” can result in very interesting looks
8. Ladylike+ Rock
9. Arty + boyish
But everything does not look great with everything! That’d be too easy 🙂
In terms of colors for instance: check out my article on how to associate them.
10. Avoid matchy matchy colors
It is not exactly a style mistake but it often appears to be overthought (and therefore not very parisienne^^) to match your bag and shoes (and more!).
I personally think this is more stylish not to match.
11. Pair shoes and bag in terms of quality
If your shoes/bag are/is very dressy, don’t go for casual shoes/bag.
Why? Look above.
Loubs with a natural leather satchel? Desert boots and a Chanel bag? Where the hell are those ladies going?
But that rule does not apply to jewelry with bag/shoes.
It is super stylish to mix classy shoes with ethnic bracelets and used converse with dressy pearls and strass.
12. Don’t pair two items with drastically different styles
When an item has a strong style, you should associate the rest of your outfit with it.
To explain you why it is a bad idea to do the opposite, I picked those (gorgeous) sandals that scream “I’m from Greece!”.
On the left, I paired them with a snake ring which also has a strong personality but would fit a greek goddess and a sleek bag that makes the look very elegant without beeing too dressy.
On the right I paired them with a folk bag that you could almost hear playing guitar, and a spike necklace who is claiming how punk he is. And guess what? They don’t get along together and that all leads to a big style fight.
Here is an example of a non matching punk belt with a barocco necklace and classic watch. Punk and barocco can get along, but not with such obvious items.
13. But do not play it to “style matchy” either
This Carven shoe has a strong identity with its bow that makes it both flirty and feminine.
I have often seen ladies thinking that they’ll make an outfit work by repeating a detail such as bow, spikes or fringes. That is a mistake. You should better think of what that detail evoques to you and then find matching accessories (spikes= rock, fringes = folk).
Accessories are important because they spice up an outfit, especially a very simple one such as jeans and T-shirt.
In such a situation, they are under the spotlight.
But if you go for a crazy patterned/ cut dress, then they should be much more discreet.
And minimalism “a la Birkin” is always an option I cherish.
There is never one way to dress and everyone has his own. Pick the inspirations you like and find yours 🙂
Bises de Paris!