To complete an outfit it takes more than matching a top and a bottom together. To have an entire completed look it’s important to consider the details. Accessorize! Honestly, the right necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings will complete an outfit and give off an overall appearance of togetherness.

Accessories to consider:

Your neck. Wear either a necklace or scarf. For scarves, try to pick a color that will compliment your skin color and will match with most of your wardrobe. If you are unsure about the colors try a basic like black or white. For a little less bulk around your neck, try a short string of pearls or a long strand in silver or gold.

Your wrist. Try a decorative watch, a slue of thin bangles, a delicate string of diamonds or thick chunky bangles. Again when picking colors stick with neutrals that will coordinate with most of your wardrobe.

Your ears. Whether you have pierced ears or not, something hanging from your ears draws other’s eyes back to your face and shows off what is inevitably our best feature (our eyes and smiles). Simple silver or gold hoops are a great basic. If you aren’t a hoop girl try pearl or diamond studs. Even if they are little the time you take to put them in shows others that you care about your overall appearance, but you don’t need to stress hours over what to wear.

Your waist. Belts, an obi sash or scarf worn as a belt are now considered accessory-musts to most outfits. Long gone are the days when a belt was used to hold pants at the waist. Now they are used to create the illusion of different waistlines and to cinch coats, sweaters and jackets together. One thick and one thin black or brown belt is a good bet to have on hand. Those will compliment most everything in your collection. Try belting a sweater dress, button-down woven or open cardigan.

Your fingers. A ring or a couple rings can also add a little something to any outfit. This is also an area to let your personal flare really shine. Go for a big bulky ring or a thin band with small rhinestone.

But Beware! Wearing all of these stylish accessories at once will likely look more like a train wreck than a polished fashion statement. Your outfit additions are not meant to compete for attention they are meant to compliment your person and add a little personal touch. Try to pick two, maybe three items to wear at once. For example: With a basic black dress you could wear a scarf, bangles and earrings.


Katie Hinderer

Katie Hinderer is a freelance writer and social media enthusiast. She holds a degree in Journalism from Marquette University. Over the years she has transitioned from traditional publishing...