When most of us hear the word “outfit” we think of clothes: a top, a pant or skirt, a dress, shoes, and maybe even a jacket. While clothing is a huge part of what makes an outfit, accessories play just as important of a role. Just as any combination of tops and bottoms can create multitudes of outfit choices, adding accessories to the mix multiplies those possibilities beyond imagination. Though accessories seem small, both clothes and accents hold just as much importance in an outfit. You can mix and match tops and bottoms, sweaters and skirts, to match any outing or occasion, but the way you choose to accessorize these combinations have immense powers of persuasion. A gold chain or a statement necklace can make a basic tee seem more put-together and purposeful, just as a print skirt or pumps could do the same. Adding bangles, long chains or other costume jewelry can dress down a work-appropriate button-down if you’re casually meeting a friend on your lunch break. A well-chosen necklace, bracelet, choice of rings or even choice of handbag can dress up or dress down an outfit beyond the combination of clothing articles.
They are also a great way to keep your wardrobe looking fresh and new. By keeping up with the latest trends or having a select few fashion staples can extend the life of any wardrobe. Wearing a bold, chunky necklace can give new life to an old cardigan or your favorite v-neck tee. You can keep your wardrobe staples looking new and updated depending on what you choose to wear with them. Even if you merely pair an outfit with an accessory you have not normally thought to wear with it can make the entire ensemble look new, leaving you feeling refreshed and fashionable without breaking the bank.
Despite their practical uses, accessories also act as a personal statement. The pieces you choose to wear, with what, and where are all unique to you and your style. No one has the same collection of accessories and no one wears any one piece quite the same way. What pieces you decide to wear always say something about you and always make a personal statement. Every fashion decision you make is a testament to your unique personality.