Added value: How to get the most out of your accessories


Added value: How to get the most out of your accessories

Update any look with the right bag, belt, necklace, shoes or scarf

Keneilwe Pule

Accessories are a sure-fire way to transform your dreary garments into something new and fresh, helping you get the most out of your wardrobe. Just like perfume, which is the finishing touch on any outfit, your look is never complete unless you have a much-loved accessory to complete it. It can be used to accentuate the overall look or as the star piece that can stand out on its own. Here’s how you can use accessories to take your outfit to the next level:
THE BUM BAGOnce a music festival favourite and loved for its utilitarian appeal, this 1990s staple has found its way back to mainstream fashion. You can style a black leather bum bag over your trenchcoat, paired with a crisp white shirt to get the complete classic look. If you feel like wearing this item into the night, get yourself one in velvet to add a luxe touch. 
THE BELTThere are tons of ways to wear a belt creatively, but there are also style disasters that await the un-fashion-savvy. The question to ask is: does it flatter my figure? Knowing what works on your body can help you select the right items to wear. Pair a waist-belt with an A-line skirt and a shirt to get the perfect tucked-in look with no lumps on the sides. You can also style your belts over your coat with a heeled knee-high boot to get the ultimate New York chic look.
THE SCARFWear it on your head, around your neck, or tie it around your handbag for added detail – there is no end to how many ways you can style a scarf.  Use one to add colour to your monotone ensemble, like a black suit with a black T-shirt and white sneakers, for a laid-back look. Or go for a printed scarf to bring pastels to life.
STACKED NECKLACESLayering your accessories can be as fun as layering your clothes, but “more is more” does not give you licence to wear extra-large hoop earrings with stacked necklaces. Stick to one statement, for instance ear jewellery or neck jewellery. Not both. You can get the most out of necklaces by pairing them with turtlenecks or T-shirts to lift neutral colours. You can also wear them with classic deep V-neck tennis sweater knitwear paired with jeans and court shoes.
SHOESThe key to rocking the right shoe is pairing it with the rest of your outfit. If you are going for a casual and laid-back look, add a bold shoe to make a fashion statement. Shoes are also a great way to play with proportions. You can pair your pointy shoes with floor-length wide-leg trousers to create a lean and long line.

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