The Power of Accessories

 

One of the easiest ways to look more polished and put-together is through the proper use of accessories.  They can make you look taller and thinner, bring attention to your best features, and draw the eye away from trouble spots.  They also add to the versatility of many pieces in your wardrobe by changing the mood of an outfit from casual to playful, funky to polished.  Best of all, accessories still fit even if you’ve gained a few pounds!

So, how do you choose the right jewelry, handbag and shoes? 

Keep accessories minimal in trouble spots.  For example, if you are very wide in the shoulders or full in the bust, you may want to avoid a chunky necklace in this area.  Instead, go with earrings and a cuff bracelet.  If you have a full tummy area, stay away from necklaces that end just where you are widest.  When in doubt, go with a statement necklace!  They can be worn with everything from a t-shirt to a little black dress, and they draw the eye up and toward your face, distracting from other areas.

Anything that creates a vertical line down the front of your body will make you look longer and leaner.  Think long necklaces, scarves tied so the tails hang down, and deep V-necks.  For an easy, effortless look, dress up jeans and t-shirt with a scarf.  Add earrings and ballet flats or boots for a great go-anywhere look.

Want to draw attention to your legs?  Go with a funky shoe in a bright color or animal print.  Looking to emphasize your eyes?  A jewel-toned necklace or earrings should do the trick.  If you have a tiny waist, experiment with belts to highlight this area.

When choosing a handbag, make sure it is proportionate with your body.  Larger women should avoid tiny handbags and smaller women should avoid bags that are too big. If you have a tummy, avoid bags that rest there, which will add bulk. Always try handbags on before buying to see where they fall!

Nude heels in a color close to your skin tone will make your legs appear longer when worn with a skirt or dress.  The eye keeps moving down the leg and doesn’t stop when it gets to the shoe.  The more foot you show, the longer the leg looks.  D’orsay heels (pumps that have a cut-out on the inner part of the shoe) are great at elongating the leg.  In cold weather, wearing boots in a similar color to your pants create this same lengthening effect.

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