Posted on September 4th, 2010
Continuing our recent theme of “how to look fab on a budget in this recession,” we thought we should mention the importance of accessorizing.
We all know that adding the right accessories to an outfit can make a big difference, and take an outfit from “Blah” to “Wow!” But many of us are not sure how exactly we should go about it. What accessories should we add, how much is too much, and are there any rules when it comes to accessorizing?
The short answer: there aren’t really any rules. Accessorizing an outfit is all about having fun, using your imagination and creativity. The only “rule” we can think of is that you probably don’t want to overdo it, especially when accessorizing a work outfit. Keep it simple, adding just one extra touch via a scarf or an interesting necklace, and keep in mind that for very conservative workplaces, extra creativity and flare are unfortunately not a good idea.
Ready to accessorize? Good. Let’s explore our options.
We love scarves, and we mean fashion scarves – not necessarily the scarves that you have to wear to keep warm! Scarves can be very chic, and can be worn and tied in several different ways.
Looking for specific recommendations?
We love this Diane Von Furstenberg orange butterfly silk jersey long scarf – it’s cute and affordable.
Kate Hudson looks so chic in her long trench coat and what appears to be a Burberry scarf.
Hats are a little trickier. While they can add lots of character and flare to an outfit, frankly not anyone can pull a hat off. It depends a lot on knowing how to wear them and what flatters your particular face shape. For many of us, there’s the issue of smeared makeup on our forehead or “hat hair” when we remove the hat. So, taking all of this into account, just go into a department store and try on their hats to get an idea of what looks best on you. Have some fun with different styles and textures and try to see if a hate might work for you.
Stephanie Pratt looks really cute in her studded hat…
…but Kendra Wilkinson, in our opinion, would look prettier without her hat.
A big, bold necklace is a great way to make a statement. It’s no coincidence they’re called “statement necklaces!” Remember that a bold necklace will look amazing when going out at night or in a casual or artistic work environment, but for a conservative office, it’s probably not your best choice.
One of our favorite statement necklaces is this turquoise and coral multi-layered chain necklace by Rachel Reinhardt, offered at bluefly.com for about $107 (a bargain compared with the original price of $237).
There are of course many more accessories you can use, including handbags, bracelets, belts and gloves. Have fun experimenting!