If you read the tabloids and follow celebrities on social media, it’s easy to feel like the only way to be fashionable is by spending thousands of dollars on designer brands.
However, this simply isn’t true. Anyone can accessorize like the celebs if they understand a few important concepts.
1. Pair Jewelry With Your Neckline
How many times have you stood paralyzed in your closet or in front of the bathroom mirror, holding two different necklaces, trying to decide which one to wear with that dress? Well, did you know that there are actually some guidelines and rules of the thumb that allow you to choose the right jewelry based on the neckline you’re wearing?
Going strapless? Keep things simple with a short necklace and bracelet. Deep V? A nice ring and statement bracelet is perfect. Scoop neck? Try a short necklace and stud earrings. Check out this article from Diamondere for comprehensive guidance on what jewelry compliments different outfits.
2. Follow the High-Low Rule
It can help to have some rules in place to simplify the process of accessorizing. As a result, you can get dressed up in just a fraction of the time that you used to. One such rule you need in your back pocket is the high-low rule.
“If accessorizing your outfits does not come easily, just remember the high-low rule,” says one fashion blogger. “Choose one high necklace (sits higher on your chest) and one that hangs lower. The combination of the two always works. And keep them fairly dainty so it does not overpower you or your outfit. This works for everything from t-shirts to dresses.”
3. Stack Bracelets
If you’re going for a casual look – maybe a blouse and jeans – bracelets can really spruce things up a bit and give you that added flare that makes people look twice. However, one bracelet won’t really do much. That’s why celebs and stars are into stacking bracelets.
By stacking bracelets, you can draw attention to your wrists and make a statement. The key to successful stacking is to mix the variety up – both in color and style. There are also times when you should stack a little – say three bracelets – and times where it’s acceptable to stack a lot (seven, eight, or nine-plus bracelets). It all depends on whether you’re trying to dress up your outfit or dress it down.
4. Accessorize Focal Points
“Focal points are things that attract attention such as a bright color or a striking design,” stylist Jane Liddelow says.
The aim is to use focal points to attract attention to your good points and minimize or detract from your figure challenges! If you want to look taller and slimmer, try to bring the eyes up with jewelry above the neckline. If you want to appear shorter and curvier, jewelry below the neckline can draw the eyes downwards.
5. Try Something New
Ultimately, you have to be willing to try new things. Celebrities don’t wear yesterday’s fashions or hesitate to adopt a new fashion trend. They are quick to move and aren’t afraid to try an accessory or technique that’s unconventional. Instead of fighting off that next trend and only adopting it after everyone else has, try to be one of the first ones to the proverbial party.
Nail the Details
Successfully accessorizing on a regular basis is all about paying attention to the details. Whether it’s choosing a necklace based on a neckline or strategically placing bracelets to accentuate focal points, the celebrities know what they’re doing. You don’t have to be in Hollywood to look and feel like a star! Just find your style and make the most of it.
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