Accessories are the icing on your wardrobe cake. They add polish to any look – casual, career or cocktail. They adapt the mood of your clothes to the occasion at hand. They provide clues to your inherent personality. And they also tell everyone what part of your body they should focus on and what parts you’d prefer they skim right over. Here are some tips to consider as you make you accessory choices each morning.
Most important, add a statement earring to anchor focus at your face and your communications.
Personally I never leave home without a pair. And workshop audiences are always amazed at how much my podium “presence” diminishes when I demonstrate the concept by briefly taking my earrings off. Try it yourself in front of a full-length mirror.
A statement earring – by the way – is one with enough size to be noticeable from across the room. Not the size of a saucer, but not a little stud either. Remember that the object is not to make people notice your earring, but to use the earring as a tool to cause people to notice YOU in a more positive way.
It can be a dangle or button style according to your personal taste. Slim hoops rarely make this kind of statement, regardless of their diameter, but a thicker, gutsier hoop can work just fine.
Choose an earring in your most flattering metal. Or consider an earring with a stone or shell that relates to your eye color — a subtle blue or green or a beautiful brown or gray. Abalone shell is an especially versatile choice if your eyes are in the blue/green range.
A second trick is including a neckline accessory in your look. It adds an amazing level of polish to even a casual jeans-and-tee combo, and draws attention away from any figure challenge areas you have (or imagine you have).
Necklaces work well, provided they have enough volume to be a focal point. A tiny gemstone on a fine-gauge chain just doesn’t do the trick. If you have a sentimental little piece that you always wear, try layering it with a second, larger necklace for a bolder look. Or you might double-wrap that tiny item around your ankle to retain the sentimental connection and use something bolder at your neckline.