The Finishing Touch of Accessorizing

Sometimes finding the right accessories to finish off an outfit is the hardest part of putting the whole look together.  Does it look better with or without a belt?  Would a scarf look good around the neck, or would costume jewelry look better?  A long necklace, or a short one?  Should you wear red shoes or black?  That little hat in your closet would look perfect, but does it fit the occasion?  What should you do?

Well, in my opinion, you should do what you feel the most comfortable with.  You can be your own best critic.  Put on the dress, or blouse, or whatever it is you are trying to accessorize, stand in front of a big mirror with good lighting, and check it all out.  Try different things.  Try the red shoes and the black ones.  Try the scarves and necklaces.  And if you don’t have any that give it the look you are after, it’s probably time to go shopping.

Wear the garment to the store and try different things there.  The assistants working there won’t mind; they are trying to make a sale.  So take all the time you need.

If you absolutely can’t decide what you like best, then go for an opinion of somebody else.  The assistants in the store should have a good eye for things like that.  That’s probably part of the reason they work there.  Or take a close friend or sister to get their opinion.

But even with the advice of others, you are still the one to make the final decision.  If you are not comfortable with what you choose, you won’t want to wear it.  So it needs to be you.  If you are still not comfortable with your own ability to choose, try to learn a few basic principles.  Big and bold might not look best if you are small and delicate looking.  A very long necklace might not look best if you are real tall and thin.  Consider the shape of your face, the length of your hair, your body type, and the over all look of the outfit, and get the whole general effect of each piece you try with it.  You’ll soon figure out how you want to look and how to achieve that look.

But most of all, have fun with it.  Don’t take it too seriously.  Accessorizing should be fun and should be the finishing touch, not a life changing decision.  Like the frosting on a cake.


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