Thursday, 23 January 2014

Spotlight on: Accessories

More is more, at least when it comes to accessories I say! I truly believe that accessories can make or lift any look, instantly making you look and feel more put together.

As a starter for ten, get inspired by the stylish Hong Kongers in the video below (from H&M Life), and see how they make the most of their outfits by weaving unique and unusual accessories into their daily looks. Watching this really inspired me to think about how I like to accessorise, and many favourite accessories.

Statement Jewellery | Adding a piece of statement jewellery to a look is an easy and favourite way for me to accessorise.  I prefer chunky, statement jewellery over small, delicate pieces, and usually go for a statement necklace, with a cocktail ring. Or sometimes, statement earrings with a cocktail ring - for some reason I can't bring myself to wear both earrings and a necklace - it feels too done! There are some amazing statement necklaces available round the year, at all different price points, my favourite high street haunts include Forever 21, New Look, H&M, Primark and Topshop. Pinterest is also a great source of inspiration for statement jewellery (and accessorising) and I like to use it to get ideas on the type of look to pair my statement jewels with. You might also like to check out my post on 7 Days of Chic: Statement Necklaces. I do have some more more delicate pieces but I prefer to layer these - like wearing three of four gold necklaces in varying lengths - I think this looks very chic!

I love to layer necklaces; pics from Pinterest
I'm also a big fan of the chunky watch - often a unisex or men's style in gold or rose gold - these are great in place of bracelets and give a different edge to your outfits. 

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Check out my Jewels board on Pinterest

Bags | There are endless options to be individual with your bag choice. My preferred styles are big leather totes and cross body styles for day time.  For the evening, I love leather pouches and embellished clutches. I love looking for details like studs, fringing, unusual (but still wearable) colours and embellishment. The see through bag with gems seen in the video above is right up my street!

My current tote - an ancient studded Miu Miu number, which fits my life!
Spearheaded by Chanel, right now the bag of choice is the humble backpack. I must admit I do my my eye on a fair few and might just partake in this trend - albeit in a way that allows me to put on own spin on it - sleek and pulled together, as opposed to a sporty number! On my wishlist:

Leather rucksack, £63, & Other Stories
Leather rucksack with flap, £55, ASOS
Monki Lana Backpack, £25, ASOS
Smart Backpack, £38, Topshop
So what are your favourite ways to accessorise? Let me know by leaving a comment below! I'll be talking more other accessories including scarves, sunglasses and more in a future post...


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