Accessories are necessities. This is not up for discussion. Without them, you are wearing a garment, not an outfit.
By Maureen Mancini Amaturo
Accessories are necessities. This is not up for discussion. Without them, you are wearing a garment, not an outfit. Fashion is an art form that reflects your personality. Put only a T-shirt and jeans on four people, and who’s who? Add a statement necklace to one, multiple metallic-thread scarves and a belt to another, an armful of bracelets and wacky socks to a third, and trendy mismatched earrings to the fourth, and now these four people become four individuals. Want your little black dress, simple tee, suit, jeans, or anything to speak up? Find the touches that make a statement about you.
And oh what fun it will be now that big, brazen jewelry is back and better than it was in the 80s. The giggle and thrill that comes with shopping for the mixed-media statement necklaces, twisted and bunched multiple chains dotted with large faux stones, oversized rings, and mismatched earrings is a lot like the high children get at a great toy store. Right now, accessories are screaming, “Fee, fi, faux, fun.”
Below are a few quick-change ideas to take your look from yesterday to today.
Big results can come from small investments (like a scarf or headband.) Other updates might put you over your credit card limit (like a trendy pair of knee-high boots). Pick one major purchase, and satisfy your other fashion cravings with a whole world of affordable updates.
You can still say something with your accessories even in the most conservative surroundings, i.e., the office. Some great picks that fit the fashion bill without breaking the sound barrier:
• Chunky chain necklace
• Big Watch
• Diamond/faux-stone letter necklace
• Stacked linguine-thin, narrow bangles and cuffs
• Classic ring worn on any finger except your ring finger