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Aside from their other numerous accomplishments, certain women have and will go down in history as style icons. They are the likes of Audrey Hepburn, who almost instantaneously reminds us of the little black dress. Then there’s Jackie O and her signature over-sized sunnies and Marilyn Monroe with her adorable and luscious locks. Of course, there are present-day icons as well – Sarah Jessica Parker is known for her shoes (among other things), and Madonna will go down as a performer with the biggest power of transformation.
Each of these, and many other women used accessories as a weapon of a sort – a weapon that will elevate and define their style, making it distinguishable and different compared to everyone else’s. That is the power of an accessory – no matter what you’re wearing, accessories have the power to make or break a look and tell the world who you are and not just as a fashionista, but as a person as well.
A well-accessorized woman is perceived as one who’s ‘got all her ducks in a row’ and one that pays attention to details, in both fashion and life, so it definitely is vital to find those little things that will make you instantly recognizable, so follow these simple rules and you are bound to get there.
You most definitely can achieve that chic, polished and complete look without breaking the bank, you just need to be smart about your purchases. For instance, there are certain items that look incredibly pricey but are actually fairly affordable – it’s all about choosing colors and fabrics that have an expensive look and feel to them.
Now, trends may come and go, and you will soon abandon culottes and move on to the next ‘it’ thing, which is precisely why it’s vital to be smart when it comes to garments, (unless they’re timeless) and invest in great accessories that will last you for years to come. Two great handbags are better than ten cheap ones, so whichever accessory your heart leans towards to, splurge on that item.
2.Listen to your heart
When you look at yourself in the mirror each morning while finishing your look, what do you feel is missing? Is it a pair of statement earrings, a pearl necklace, a great bag, or perhaps an amazing hat that makes the entire look pop? Your inner fashionista knows best, so listen to that voice, that gut feeling and it will tell you what your signature accessory is. We don’t give that inner voice enough credit; yes, there is a plethora of fashion magazines that will tell you what the ‘must-have’ accessories of any given year and season are, but deep down, it’s all about what you need to feel complete.
3.Listen to compliments
Perhaps you’ve already found your signature without even realizing it. If people are constantly complimenting you on your selection of belts and how you perfectly combine them with everything from button-downs and dresses to jeans and cute and chic skirts and shorts, chances are, you’ve already found at least one of your signatures – a knack for great belts and ingenious ways of incorporating them into your outfit. Perhaps you get a gasp and a look of admiration every time you appear somewhere with a great bag and that’s a clear sign that the ‘bag route’ is the one you should pursue. You’re obviously already getting it right because if the compliments keep rolling in that means that your inner voice is definitely on to something.
4.Start from the beginning
Just in case you’ve never paid much attention to accessories and have thus far rocked simple looks that are devoid of any of these paramount additions, it’s time to start scouting. Visit a great shoe store and see if that sparks anything in you. Do the same with bags, hats, belts, even jewelry stores and try everything out. Perhaps once you’re in the store, standing in your regular outfit, you will instantly recognize that something that’s been missing.
If all else fails and you end up not seeing yourself as either a shoe or a bag addict, you can always turn to great eyewear. Everyone needs sunglasses, so start with one pair and then work your way up to a full-blown collection. The important thing about a signature accessory is that you either have to own plenty of them or wear them frequently for them to become ‘so you’, so this is the penultimate lesson you should never let slip your mind.
The ultimate and bonus lesson is makeup. In this day and age, when there are so many Instagram makeup artists, and everyone (aside from a few rare exceptions) ends up looking the same, it’s vital that you find a makeup look that suits your skin color, the shape of your eyes and one that simply emphasizes your best features. Don’t be ‘the eyeliner girl’ if it simply doesn’t work for you. You can be the ‘red lip’ girl if that’s something you gravitate towards. The point is – find the colors and techniques that do your gorgeous face justice and stick with them.
Happy Accessorizing Ladies!
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Amy Mia Goldsmith is a lifestyle blogger living in Melbourne. She has a healthy passion in fashion and all matters lifestyle. She loves to spend her free time travelling, reading and of course – shopping!
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