It’s easy to wear fashion accessories. Three tips to get started.

” I want to wear fashion accessories, but I don’t know how.”

I had the pleasure of working with Sally last week.  Sally completed an 8-week fitness challenge with Body Beyond Baby and to celebrate her fit and toned body, she wanted advice on looking more stylish on casual occasions with her existing clothes. Like many first-time moms, Sally wants to wear flattering and current clothes, without overhauling her wardrobe because she plans to have a second baby in the near future.

Fashion accessories is the answer and they are the elixir to rejuvenate your wardrobe. Not only are they an affordable way to update and  stretch a wardrobe, they are an outlet for your individuality.

1.  Know what you like and don’t like.

What makes sense to your lifestyle?  If you work in an office and are on a computer, jangling stacks of bangles get in the way and are noisy.  If you have young children, dangling earrings and necklaces are asking for trouble.  Choose a category of accessory that you can wear comfortably.  Know the colours, shapes, motifs, styles and materials that you like the best.  Conversely know what you don’t like and why. For more information about the five elements of garments and accessories, you can read more here.

2.  Every outfit needs one (and only one) focal point.

A focal point anchors your outfit and should be located on a part of your body that you’re confident placing in the spotlight. For many women, this is their  décolleté.  So play with a combination of necklace lengths, earrings and necklines.  Remember to allow one item to shine.  Don’t go for big earrings and a big necklace at the same time.

3.  Experiment and don’t fall into a rut.

If you always wear the same scarf with one top, change it up.  Instead of matching it, clash it with another scarf. Or ditch the scarf and wear a necklace instead.   I bet you could wear the same clothes and add different accessories for the whole week and no one would notice your clothes.  They’d be focused on the most interesting part of your outfit  – your accessories.

The fun thing about accessories is there are no rules. Accessories are a creative way of showing off your flair.  Add your favourite one to your daily outfit and you’re done.  Instant chic. Effortless style.  You’ll look like you spent on lot of time and care putting together your outfit even when you didn’t.