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November 27th, 2012

The Art Of Accessorizing

Accessories make an outfit. Style up your basics with a few key pieces!

It’s time to turn up the volume during the party season and have fun with the best accessories on offer. On trend accessories are everywhere this winter, but it sometimes takes an event or a special affair to rock the latest adornments. Now that we’re approaching party season, have fun upping the style stakes!

You can take a simple silhouette and and make it current, stylish and uniquely your own.

Take a LBD or a jumper in a neutral colour (a couple of your key investment pieces) and change your classic look by adding a few key accessories.

The “How To Guide To Accessorizing” With Attitude!

1. Start with a solid blank canvas: eg. dark denim, trousers, a black jacket, jumper, cardigan, a silk blouse…

2. Work with what looks flattering on you. Determine what trend or look you’re going for.

3. Look at the cut of your outfit. Does it have a plunging neckline, a polo neck, long sleeves, or is it sleeveless? Are you going to wear your hair up or down? Do you have short or long hair?

If you are wearing sequins, metallics, or beaded work, your accessories should work with your look and not compete with it.

4. There is a lot to think about, but always remember “less is more”. Pick one or two trends and statement pieces that will reflect how you want to look. Do you want to channel classic, chic, glam, retro, equestrian, preppy or gothic?

If you’re wearing a low neckline or need an accent of colour along the chest, try adding a fabulous necklace.






Lanvin at Net-A-Porter







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If it’s a true statement piece, go light on the earrings. Have fun matching your earrings to your neck piece, but try to be more creative than wearing “a matching set” which can look too contrived. It’s a good idea to keep within the same metal group unless you’re going for an intentional mix of gold and silver.

Once you’ve determined that your metals are working together, you can coordinate them into your other accessories.

A statement cocktail ring or a chic bracelet (not both on the same time) is a must have.

Whichever statement piece you choose, it should work with your earrings, necklace, handbag and shoes.










All the above from Banana Republic





Monica Vinader











Max Mara







Your accessory checklist – depending on the look you’re going for:

  • Earrings
  • Necklace
  • Bracelet or cuff
  • Cocktail Ring
  • Handbag /clutch
  • Shoes





Miu Miu







Kurt Geiger



Zara Beaded Box Clutch




Zara Studded Leather Clutch


If your dress is already sparkly, go for a patent clutch to play off the shine. Avoid having too much embellishment on your handbag so that it doesn’t compete with your fabulous dress.


Optional accessory: scarf or wrap




Banana Republic

Only have two to three maximum standout pieces. Otherwise you’ll blend into the Christmas tree you’re standing next to.

There’s a difference between a true statement piece and a little bit of sparkle. Your shoes may have a little glitter on the heel, but it’s special and discreet.

You can still enjoy a fun necklace, clutch and cocktail ring. It’s pretty much a judgment call and what you feel comfortable with.

All Over Trends:

Pick one or two trendy pieces at a time. Sidestep wearing an equestrian look head to toe unless you’ve come from the barn and have mud on your boots!

The same concept should be applied to all trends. If you go “all over Goth”, you’ll look like the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.

Also, if you’re going for retro, be careful not to look too much like you stepped out of the set of “Mad Men”. Just pick a few trendy pieces and you’ll stay current and fabulous.

Don’t try to be perfect, just have fun!