The Power of Accessorizing
Accessorizing is fun, fun, fun. The right accessories can take your outfit from blah to fab. The key to looking your best is not buying expensive clothing—the secret to looking fab is working with what you’ve got. From the right jewelry to the right purses to the right shoes, you can go from “That’s um, interesting” to “Wow, you look great.” Sometimes people can tell your personality just from looking at your accessories. What message are you sending today?
Do choose accessories that complement your outfit: Nothing jazzes up an outfit like the right accessories. This season, you can never go wrong. Whether you like bright bold “look at me” bangles or subdued, conservative bracelets or earrings, there is something for everyone. Thankfully for you, Boutique Mix has enough variety to keep you looking fab!
Do choose accessories that complement the trends of the season: This season, color is definitely your friend. For those of you who are addicted to black outfits, add a great belt in some of the season’s fabulous colors—red, yellow, blue, and green will work. If you don’t want to accentuate your waist, grab a fabulous colorful clutch or step into some great bold-colored heels. Black always makes bright colored accessories pop!
Do not wear all the trends all at once or overwhelm your look: You obviously don’t want to look “overdone.” Choose your colors carefully based on your skin tone. The idea is to flatter, not attract negative attention. For those of you with warm skin undertones, try the red/orange color combos. For cool undertones, blues/greens will be great.
Do choose accessories that complement your body type: For those of you not interested in color, size may matter—add a chunky necklace and you’re good to go. Please use the right jewelry size for your body types. Petite women should stay away from the big-long chunky stones that these six-foot tall models are showcasing on the fashion runways. You don’t want to overwhelm your look. I’m a huge fan of long necklaces because they tend to make you appear taller and more slender, especially if you’re wearing black.
Do choose accessories that complement the occasion: For the office or business meeting, thin belts and brooches go well with any corporate look. For the night out on the town, pick up a bohemian bag or low-slung belt. Add the perfect heels or flats and you’re on your way!
Do change things up a bit: Wear your fabulous red and orange combo scarf as a belt, or put your sassy brooch on your purse, or use as a belt buckle for the scarf. Mixing it up keeps your style fresh and sassy!
Do not overdo it: Try no more than three accessories with each outfit. Wearing too much jewelry is tacky and flashy, and please stay away from the Mardi Gras beads, except of course, if you’re at Mardi Gras or away on Spring Break in Key West [insert wistful sigh].
Key point: The most important thing to remember when accessorizing is that an accessory is just that—an accessory. It merely complements your outfit. The accessory should never be the only thing people notice about you. You are the focal point of any outfit!