As Coco Chanel once famously wrote,“before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”. This is arguably the most famous quote spoken by the fashion icon and speaks of the importance of accessories.The quote highlights the importance of accessorising an outfit properly, but also shows us the harms of over-accessorising. The right accessories can elevate an outfit and help us to express our personal style. However, wearing too many accessories can be distracting, overwhelming, and confuse the outfits we wear. Coco Chanel understood this perfectly and wanted this to be the fashion mantra for men and women across the world. Not only are accessories as important as the clothes you wear, they are a key part of any outfit that have the potential to make it or break it. And, when we choose accessories more often than not less is more. A few well-chosen pieces will help to finish off an outfit and add that extra special touch. So, how do we know what accessories to choose and when the right time to stop is?
There are a few key accessories that every woman needs in her collection; a great pair of dainty earrings, two great belts- one statement and one simple, a neutral bag, and a flattering pair of sunglasses. If you’re unsure about accessorising or don’t know where to start, start off by investing in one of each of these pieces. As your wardrobe builds, and you find out what you like, you can begin to build on your collection. You’ll find that having access to these pieces makes getting dressed easier and it also makes it easier to build outfits around what you have in your wardrobe. In store we love utilising the accessories we have available when we dress the windows and the mannequins to show off their body shapes and to add some extra flair to every outfit.
Jewellery is the first key thing you should look at integrating into your wardrobe. There are so many types, styles, colours and materials available to buy when you look at jewellery and the choice can become extremely overwhelming. The first thing to consider when you shop for jewellery is what tone suits you best. Traditionally, if you have a cool skin tone light metals look best on you. Think silvers, white golds and platinum. If you have a warmer skin tone then usually yellow and rose golds suit you best. If you are lucky enough to have a neutral skin tone then you can have your pick of all tones of metal! In reality you can choose whichever you feel most confident in, but knowing what suits your skin tone is a great place to start!
We would also advise you to look at what styles you like, some people prefer simple and plain jewellery that adds a subtle addition to your outfit while others prefer something that adds a bit more sparkle and is more attention grabbing. Once you find what works best for you, it’s time to start shopping!
Here are some pieces we love:
From Left to Right: The Arnelle Earring, The Sylvie Earring, The Serenity Earring, The Courage Necklace, The Serenity Necklace, The Lucia Necklace.
The next key accessory you need in your wardrobes are belts! Belts are a staple in your wardrobe for two reasons, they add style and they also aid fit. There are many times when you will try on a pair of trousers, or a dress and think "I just wish it fit better around my waist or my hips". Adding a belt to your outfit improves fit issues such as this and it can transform an 'okay' item in your wardrobe into an item that you love. Belts will also help you to transform the style of items within your wardrobe. A dress which naturally fits on the looser side is a great casual option, but when paired with a belt it can elevate the fit to something more formal and dressy. This helps you to breathe new life into your wardrobe and be able to use one piece in many different ways.
We always recommend having two styles of belt available to you. One thinner, more neutral coloured belt in a fabric such as leather and another in a more statement colour and fabric. There are two main reasons for this: A statement belt might not always be appropriate, and a plain belt might not always be appropriate. There is a time and a place for both styles and it is dependent on the occasion and the clothes you are wearing. By having at least one of each style you are more likely to get the shape and style you are aiming for.
We have some great belt options in store at the moment. Here are some of our favourites:
Both the Elastic Belt (Left) and the Danna Belt (Right) have a great statement feel about them without being too in your face. They add a great aspect of colour and texture with the material types and the chunkier style. The Merci Belt (Middle) is a great option for a simpler belt, it has a traditional fastioning which works well when worn as a waist or hip belt with trousers and is thin enough to fit through any belt loops. While the colour is gold, and perhaps not regarded as a neutral colour in comparison to black and brown, it still is a neutral tone and would pair nicely with most other colours.
While we’re talking neutrals it's the best time to talk bags! Bags are often considered an accessory that is essential and we completely agree. Many women (including us) would be lost without our handbags and all they carry within them. However, just because it’s an essential, it doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Handbags are one of the most fun accessories to shop for and there are so many types available on the market at the moment! When looking for a handbag to incorporate into your wardrobe it is key to think what the use for it will be, where you will use it, and what style aspects do you like and dislike in a bag. By working out the answer to these it will help to narrow down your options when purchasing. In addition to this, think about these questions when you’re choosing a bag to style with your outfit. If you are going to work, the chances are you’ll need a roomier and more structured bag to hold all the things you need in. If you are going on a night out, that large work bag probably isn't the most appropriate, and you’ll probably want to opt for a smaller bag with a softer shape. By understanding how a bag impacts your overall look, it will help you to choose a piece which compliments your outfit rather than clashing or overwhelming it.
Our obsession this season is the Dareen Straw Bag. This bag is perfect for so many occasions due to the size, material, shape and carry options. The top handle and the shoulder strap provide versatility for day-time use, and for night time the shoulder strap can be tucked into the bag to give a chic top handle look. The raffia material is also great because it is a subtle statement fabric, it is different to a traditional leather but is also natural looking and simple in its design. This allows for use in day to day life as well as for nighttime.
Last but not least, the final accessory piece that every woman needs in her wardrobe is a great pair of sunnies. Sunglasses are a style and a lifestyle must, not only do they make you look chic and put together, but they also help to protect your eyes from the sun and stop you from squinting! There are many different sunglasses options available and the right pair for you really comes down to your personal taste. We love a pair that is sleek and neutral and we would recommend these to those who are just starting to invest in sunglasses. These types of sunglasses are more likely to go with everything in your wardrobe. As you start to build your collection, adding pairs with daring colours and shapes is a fun way to add some more character into your outfits.
We love both the Rylan and Marlene sunglasses and would recommend those as a starting pair for anyone!
We hope you've found our styling tips and tricks helpful! If you need any more help, or would like to know how we would accessorise pieces both in store and in your wardrobe, let us know! You can use the website chat box or send us a message on Instagram or Facebook.