No matter what the season, buying a new wardrobe isn’t always enough to keep you looking your best and in keeping with the latest fashions. Your wardrobe is a good starting point, the foundation upon which you will build your look, but those little accessories that we often take for granted can be the turning point in creating the look you really want. Here’s some advice from the pros.

How to Accessorize Your Look

What Leading Fashion Magazines Have to Say

For so very many years, Vogue magazine has been a best seller and a global inspiration to women seeking advice on how to dress and live in style. It is for the urban, contemporary woman and a place where you can gain advice on everything from choosing a place to have a fashionable wedding to accessories that are trending season by season. This year, bags, boots, earrings, and pumps are trending so when you choose your summer outfits on don’t forget to check out accessories to complement your summer fashions.

What Kind of Statement Are You Trying to Make?

There is one thing you should stop to consider at all times, and that is about the kind of statement you are trying to make. Even though bold statement pieces may be trending, you might be looking for something a bit more subdued – a bit more under the radar. Keep in mind that big, bold statement pieces may be getting all the press, but small, delicate accessories will always have a place in the world of fashion. Some women just don’t do well with bold and flashy. The type of statement your accessories make is a reflection of the inner you, and this is why accessories are so vitally important to any wardrobe in any season of the year.

Accessorize to Complement Your Dress

Another thing to bear in mind is the fact that accessories are intended to complement what you are wearing. They should not be the focal point of your outfit although that is what often ends up happening. If you are going to wear big, flashy bling, then your outfit should be even bolder and flashier. Take a look at the runway models who wear all that bling. They usually have an outfit that draws even more attention and, of course, the designers wouldn’t have it any other way. Even though they want the focus on the fashions they’ve designed in order to sell them, they also know how to artistically augment those styles with the proper use of accessories.

In the end, the proper way to accessorize any of your outfits this summer is to choose items that add to the ‘look’ created by design. That’s how you accessorize any season of the year. Never overemphasize the jewelry you are wearing or the sunnies you adore but rather put together a whole package that completes the look. Choosing dresses that look great on you is only part of it. The real test is how you can create your own look with accessories, make that dress your own, without detracting from the design. Accomplish that, and you have won the battle.

4 Ways to Accessorize in High-End Style Without the High-End Price Tags

Accessorizing on a budget can feel nearly impossible without ways to keep your wallet shut tight. Fashion may change from season to season, but there are still plenty of inexpensive options to update and keep a wardrobe chic without breaking the bank. By following these simple tips, you will keep your budget happy while still allowing strangers to walk up and ask “Where did you get that?”

Simple is Stylish

Too many accessories can be the death of an outfit. A simple stunning piece of jewelry can dress up a classy attire, while too many accessories will risk you looking like you’re trying to cover something cheap. A glitzy dress doesn’t require any excess jewelry except for a simple ring or bracelet. The opposite goes for a plain sweater or t-shirt, spice it up with some glam! A single statement necklace will draw attention to your outfit and should be a necessity in every ensemble.

If you were going to a wedding, says, “It’s better to have a simple black clutch or a classy handbag at your disposal. Reusable pieces such as these are easy to fit within the rest of your wardrobe”.

Reuse, Renew, Recycle!

Look around and see which old pieces in your collection can be restored and made new again. When old worn tights get holes in the toes, cut off the ends and turn them into leggings. If there are pulls in the tights, strategically create other rips to make them look trendy. If your coat loses a button, replace it with a sparkly new thrift shop piece instead. To change the way an old loose shirt fits, add a belt from another outfit.

Want to invest in an item with a variety of uses? Scarves are a wardrobes best friend. There are so many unique ways to use this single piece to change up your look. Looping a scarf through your jeans allows it to be used as a belt while wrapping a thin scarf around your forehead works perfectly as a headband.

Choose Your Fabrics Carefully

Picking jackets and coats with fabrics that don’t easily wrinkle is the key to looking clean, sharp, and stylish. Fabric quality is the hardest thing to fake. Investing in an iron or a steamer will keep your clothes looking crisp. Faux Suede, cotton, and linen often look expensive while shiny fabrics, acrylics, vinyl, and rayon look cheap. Natural, soft looking fabrics will always ascetically beat synthetic material. As your clothes age, natural fabrics will also last longer as synthetics fabrics quickly deteriorate.

Keep It Classic

Classic pieces such as a little black dress can be reused on a variety of special occasions. Black has the tendency to look expensive and hides signs of a budget piece in your wardrobe. At the same time, you want to avoid a boring, monochromatic look. Pair a simple black outfit with a bold colored handbag, scarf, or pumps to create the perfect ensemble.

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