How to Accessorize Basic Outfits

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The key element to making any outfit look stylish is all about accessories. Accessorizing is the fashion skill that separates a stylish outfit from any basic look. Have you ever thought about how people make a simple T-shirt dress look fashionable, or how they make a plain black dress look expensive? Accessories play a significant role in taking your look to the next level. You can find great accessories at any budget. While you might think some of the influencers you see on Instagram all have designer pieces, many of their accessories are found in thrift stores and online boutiques. Accessorizing is an art that everyone should master with a few simple tips and an eye for proportions, any outfit can go from boring to stunning with the right accessories.

When you are looking to dress up a casual or formal outfit, choose a pair of large earrings. They draw attention to your face and add sparkle. Whether dangly earrings are your thing or you prefer chunky faux diamond studs, a statement earring can always add drama to an outfit. Long necklaces can also be a go-to option. They create long vertical lines that make you look taller and leaner. When choosing your accessories, make sure you watch the proportions. If you are wearing a bulky outfit, scale back on the accessories. If you’re wearing something sleeker, you can go a little bolder with a chunky ring or big, bright handbag.

Another trend that has grown a lot of attention this Fall are belts. You can add a wide belt over a flowy dress or use a brightly colored belt over a black cardigan and white tank to add interest to the outfit and emphasize your curves. The more basic the outfit, the bolder your accessories can be. Try layering your bracelets also. Stacked bracelets are a hot trend right now, and they are very budget-friendly. Wear a bunch on one arm to add sparkle to an outfit. If neutral colors are not your thing, you can always add pops of color. If your outfit is plain, create a pop of color with jewelry, a scarf, a handbag, or a bright shoe. Remember that outfits don’t have to match, but they do have to complement each other. When buying accessories, go for pieces that you’re attracted to. Don’t be afraid to mix materials. Mixing up your jewelry creates a fabulous vintage look, so don’t be afraid to throw things together. Choosing accessories can be a fun and exciting process but make sure you don’t over accessorize.

These are just a few tips to help you accessorize your outfits. Don’t be afraid to try out different hats, chains, gloves, and rings to your style as well. Once you learn how to accessorize, you’ll always look great in whatever you wear.

Ta'Preika Sutton is a Sophomore Broadcast/Mass Communications major from Canton, Mississippi. She will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2020-2021 academic school year.

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