Accessories are the finishing touches that complete an outfit and help to define your personal style. Accessories can be used to add color and/or pattern where clothing may be plain or monochromatic, to calm an overly busy outfit, to create a focal point in an outfit, or simply to make your favorite outfit look new again by using different accessories.
Fashion accessories are also a great way to change up your look without spending money on new clothing. If you have a little black dress, by changing the accessories you can wear it three different times. Start with a cute pair of sunglasses, add a hat and some flats for the day and then switch to heels and a clutch for the evening.
When choosing accessories, it is important to keep in mind that they should complement, rather than match, the colors and patterns in your outfit. There is no rule that says you must match your jewelry to the colors of your outfit, but it can be a good idea if you want your ensemble to look put together and planned.
A good accessory to have in your wardrobe is a scarf, especially a warm-toned one that can be worn in a variety of ways. It can add a pop of color to your outfit, can be used as a turban or headband and is perfect for transitioning between seasons. Adding just one accessory can take an outfit from basic to fun, and it doesn’t cost nearly as much as purchasing new clothing.