A bit longer post today... I have finally the time to continue the "personal style" series. (Which I personally love to write, hope you enjoy too.) As we last time talked about shoes, I think it's correct to now create conversation about accessories, right?
So, here we go:
Completing your look through accessories
I don't know how you guys feel, but to me, an outfit looks halfway done if the person doesn't have any accessories at all. I mean, not like you should try to look like a Christmas tree (like our fellow blogger Leia would say), because that just isn't cool. Unless you're going to be a Christmas tree for a Halloween, then we make an exception.
Okay, back to the point...
In my opinion, you can never have a perfect style without some great accessories to match your style. And like I stated before, it's very easy to overdo, but I always try to hold on to one guideline:
Always put only one of each accessory. (eg. one belt, one bangle, one necklace, one pair of earrings...)
That's a good way of starting, if you're unsure with your accessorizing. Then, when you get more view about what goes together with what, you can easily lift the limit up. (I mean, how many times you see me with only one bangle? ...exactly.)
Another great tip is: When you're wearing a flashy outfit, keep the accessories quite simple. That way, you give the outfit (by this I mostly mean a dress, but it can really be anything) the proper chance to shine. And it goes another way around, when wearing something simple, you can add some flashy items to rock it even more.
You see, a little balancing goes a long way. :)
Also, I think that when you go for the flashy accessories, it's usually best to choose one statement piece (for example a necklace) and then fit the other pieces together with it. That way, they don't end up clashing each other.
Easy, isn't it?
My personal favourites for everyday accessories are a great handbag (usually, a big one), gold bangles (yes, always many), long necklaces (usually two layered as one) and of course my engagement ring. ;) (and yes, maybe going a bit copycat towards Serena van der Woodsen style sometimes, not too much though.)
My view on some basic accessories:
So, I'm going to go through some types of accessories a bit more thoroughly, I try to include all the ones that matter, but surely I won't cover everything. Let me know if there's something missing that you would want me to write about! ;)
Handbags (or bags in general)
Every girl (and well, why not a guy too?) needs a great bag. Here are some of my favourites at the moment, not very practical ones because they seriously lack space, but love them anyways. The blue one was a real bargain, as it was originally over 20 euros, and I got it for 5. Great deal. ;)
Bags go to the similar priority range as shoes, it's better to put a bit more money to a perfect bag than to buy very cheap one that's merely okay. (not that you can't buy good bags for cheap, but you know, Chanel ain't free...) I frimly believe that you can totally change the mood of the outfit with one bag. Imagine a basic LBD, then pair it with the brown bag above. It makes it kinda casual, right? Then, do the same with the blue one. Gets more dressy, doesn't it?
Of course the shoes and other accessories make all the difference, too. (I think this post will lead to one "waht's in my bag" post in the near future...) And like with all pieces, I love versatility. I always try to choose bags that go with as many outfits as possible, and also ones that can be used with and without the shoulder strap. Personally, I'm not a big fan of "throw it over the shoulder" bags, because I feel they get kinda lost into the outfits. Feel free to debate on this, I love to hear your views. :) (oh, and count out those sporty bags, they're supposed to be carried like that!)
I could go on about this for days, like the other ones too, but I'm seriously trying to keep this somewhat short.
Besides keeping your pants up, belts are a great way of bringing some glam to your outfit. They can be used to create more complimenting waistline, to keep your cardigan from floating around, or for example to give some edge to the outfit. I love belts with all kinds of studs and bling in them, and have been purchasing only dark ones for ages. Nowadays I'm trying to look for more colourful options.
I'm personally looking for ideas how to wear different kinds of belts more, and you all fellow bloggers have been such an inspiration for that. I'm still learning about this, so all creative ideas and inspirations are more than welcome. ;)
Honestly, I could not live without my scarves. They can be used as belts, bracelets, headbands, ponytail accessories, tops, skirts (mainly on the beach, of course)... There are so many options, depending on your scarf. Silky and shiny scarves are great for bringing glam to an outfit, and with more casual ones you can easily spice up your everyday outfit, especially now in the Autumn, when scarves also help you stay warm.
This Autumn I've been longing for a great hat. I still haven't find a good one, so I've gone on with my wool caps. Not too glamorous, but what the heck. I love hats on people, because in my opinion, they add that "chic" element to an outfit. I would loe to learn to wear them better, but that means I first have to find my perfect hat. This season, there are lots of cute hats out there, so maybe now's the time... :D
Yeah, picture missing because no hats I own are anything to photograph... Sorry!
Gloves (and mittens!)
(note: can you see the lonely hat?)
I think gloves (especially leathery ones) are a cool way of accessorizing your outdoor look on colder days. I try to choose ones with cute and interesting details, like studs, buttons, bows... Gloves can also be very ladylike, when compared with for example a trench, dress and boots.
Again, no photo, but I think a nice pair of legwarmers can be a great way of extending the usage time of your shoes (like ballet flats) deeper into the cold Autumn. When compared in the right way, they can sometimes even bring a sporty element to your look (you know, ballet dancers wear legwarmers, so...)
Leggings and tights
Oh my, don't get me started... What can't you do with these two? :D The colour, material, thickness, style or length of either one can really make all the difference to an outfit. Think for example the current trend of pairing tall socks to boots. The boots look really different with and without the socks, don't they? So no matter the season, leggings and tights are a must to any woman's closet.
Oh, yeah, then the one thing: No matter what anyone says, to me, leggings are not pants. At least not the ones you can see through. It's so disturbing to see young (and not so young) women run around with their panties showing through leggings... Not very ladylike, huh? Trust me, most of the men are not too keen to see that either. So whenever using leggings, make sure your behind isn't showing through them ;)
I thought this could be divided into few more sections, so I'll talk a little about everything, kinda. Also, you'll see how I store my bling. :D
As you can see, I don't have a too massive collection of rings. That's because I'm only learning to use them - started with my engagement ring. The only mentionable ones are the white flower and the butterfly, and those I wear the most. I think it's so cool when people have different rings on their fingers, although this is again very easy to overdo - like all the ones below, too. I just don't know where to find rings that would fit my style.
So I'm asking you, lovelies: Where do you find awesome rings? I'm sure many people reading this would love to get ideas, so please share them. :)
I love, love, love my earrings. My favourites aren't really showing there, since they are so small. But they are silver hearts (two on each) with little fake diamonds on them. They're again from my lovely man. (no surprise there!) I'm also loving the current trend of having feathers on earrings.
Earrings are great because you can wear them practically anywhere, any time and with everything. At least the simple ones. I personally have a little envy for the people who can fabulously carry big earrings, as I feel like I'm not that type. But with a shoulder-baring outfit and/or when my hair's all up and done, I like to try bigger ones too.
These are something that has to be girly and cute, while also being kinda long and maybe an inch hippie, too. To me, that is. I firmly believe that two necklaces you can't ever go wrong are a classic pearl necklace and a simple silver or gold chain with a small charm hanging from it. Those two go a really long way.
A cool thing to do is to buy pieces that can be layered as bigger necklaces. If you buy even a few ones that go well together, you'll notice you actually have many combinations to choose from. To make the look your own, try to find necklaces with interesting details. Like, if you think London is a cool city, find a necklace that has those lovely buses or phone booths in it. If you're into japanese style, you could find cute little animals and cupcakes. There are so many to choose from, you just have to find the right places.
These I love too. I usually layer these too a bit (You see the pile of thin golden ones there? No point using them individually.) I'm a total sucker for gold bangles, so you can only guess how hard it is to resist buying those cuffs everyone seems to have now... :D Bangles are totally something I've picked up from Gossip Girl, didn't even dream about them before that!
Of course I love bracelets altogether, but the bangles are mostly me. Though, my new Thomas Sabo bracelet tries hard to steal the number one slot. ;)
Headbands (and hair thingys)
I know most of you are thinking now: Blair Waldorf. :D Okay, that might be just me. Apart from being the statement accessory of the first two Gossip Girl seasons, headbands are a clever way of making your hairdo (and look) seem like it's more thoroughly planned and that it takes longer to do than it actually does. You know, sometimes it's nice. (which actually reminds me of couple of hair tutorials I should post here...)
My three favourite things in hair accessories are bows, flowers and lace. All so girly, I know. Of course great colours are a key too, as these are pieces that stand out no matter what you are wearing. I've seen many fellow bloggers using very different hair accessories, and I must admit, I've gotten really inspired!
So, that's what I have to say about accessorizing. I know that now there might be lots of different opinions and thoughts, or maybe even questions. Feel free to leave a comment so I can hear (well, see, rather) what you guys have to say!
And of course: What are your favourite accessories, and why? Do you have any great accessory tips you'd like to share here (eg. where to buy, what to buy, how to wear, or even how to make your DIY accessories)?
I would really appreciate if you took the time to create a conversation here :)
See you around this weekend!