Are you feeling the urge to update your wardrobe with new clothes but the bank account doesn’t support you? Well I can definitely relate. Often times I have to fight my budget and walk out of a store just so I don’t overspend on buying a bunch of new clothes, shoes, etc. After all, I have so many items hanging up in my closet, do I really need anything new?
As an accessory stylist, I’ve really learned the value of updating a wardrobe and cost savings it has by investing in accessories and thought I’d share some tips that can help create a new, trendy look and keep your wallet full.
First, buying accessories is less expensive than buying an entire new wardrobe. By adding a few new trendy pieces, you can really update clothing you’ve had in your closet for over five years. I love going through my closet and seeing how I can give my wardrobe a fresh look just by adding some bold or fun new accessories. Ladies are always amazed when I tell them how old my outfit really is because of how I accessorized it makes it look current.
To have a pulled together look, fashion experts recommend adding at least five accessories to your look. This can be any combination of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, watch, rings, belt or scarf. By adding a few accessories, your look will go from drab to fab and add instant style.
Layering is one of my favorite ways to accessorize. Ladies, did you know you can look 10 pounds slimmer, five years younger and a little taller just by wearing a longer necklace that creates a vertical line? Oh yes, it’s true. Also layering a simple, longer necklace with a shorter one will also frame that special sentimental piece you don’t like to take off and draw attention to the most valued piece you wear. This is called framing.
Aim for what I call countertop pieces. If you’re like me, finding time to accessorize can be a challenge. That’s why I like to buy accessories that keep up with the trend, but go with anything I wear. I call them countertop pieces because I can literally grab them as I’m walking out the door and I don’t have to worry if it will look good because it goes with everything. This keeps my look pulled together without having to really think about it.
Another easy accessory trend is wearing larger earrings. In fact, if you are only going to wear one accessory, earrings are the most important. Statement earrings should be the size of a quarter or larger. Also, when shopping for larger earrings consider weight as you may be wearing them for about six to eight hours.
Mixing your metals is another fun trend. If you have a bunch of accessories already, pull them out and mix your gold and silver together. This allows for more use and versatility for your current accessories. Don’t be afraid to mix and match accessory pieces you have to create a different look with them.
Also, color popping is very popular and is one of my favorite trends. I often like to wear two colors in my outfit and a completely different but complimentary color with my accessories, including shoes and handbag. It makes for a nice and updated statement look.
Belts add a nice touch when pulling the whole outfit together. Trending this year are obi belts tied above waistline, tied fabric like tulle or recycling older belts and tying them together rather than fastening it.
Lastly, to give your accessories longer life, be sure to take care of them. One rule to follow, be sure accessories are the last thing you put on before you leave and the first thing you take off when you arrive home. This rule will minimize wear and tear. Also, storing jewelry in a jewelry box with a piece of chalk will keep your pieces from tarnishing. With Florida’s humidity this tip is useful.
Laura Royer is a Personal Finance Coach and Accessory Stylist for Premier Designs Jewelry. For a free consultation, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.