Last week, I was having lunch with a few friends, but my eyes were hovering around the place. I was busy people watching, and I spotted a lady towards my right, looking striking in a red maxi dress. And that wasn’t the end of it; she had paired the dress with red heels, red bag, red earrings, red nails and lips. A black watch was the only thing that broke the monotony. After a while, on the same table, I saw a lady who looked like a mannequin in an accessory store – necklace, earrings, rings, hair band, she wore them all at once. Perhaps, the table was cursed. I couldn’t help but wonder why people who have good taste in clothes can go so wrong with accessories. So here are the cardinal five rules of accessorising.
Rule one: Keep it simple. Just a pearl necklace can also do wonders. Make sure, whatever you are wear complements and not stand out with your ensemble. And as Mademoiselle Coco Chanel recommended, “Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewellery”.
Rule two: All accessories should be right for your body type. In fact, the right accessories can hide your flaws and grab attention away from them. Some basic tips: Pay special attention to the length of your necklaces too – you do not want to truncate your neck. If you are wearing a plain dress, accentuate it with a long necklace. Don’t wear waist belts if you have a pear-shaped body.
Rule three: Dress as per occasion. A chic, sophisticated crystal necklace may be the ideal accessory for a day full of meetings, but floral jewellery is not. A stud earring or simple pendant are versatile and best for workdays, while exaggerated necklaces and cuff are best for night outs and parties.
Rule four: Don’t go matchy-matchy. It’s the time to colour block and go for contrasting elements. A white shirt with blue denims, blue bag and blue heels are completely OTT. Add colour, but not too much. A tan bag and necklace or earrings are the best bet if you want to play safe. Colour blocked bags and footwear are also a nice pick.
Rule five: You may wear dresses that suit your skin tone, but the colour of the accessories is also crucial. Opt for metal jewellery and gemstones that illuminate your natural skin tone. Blue and gold are few such colours, which complement every skin tone. Women on the darker side should avoid neon earrings and rings. Metallic hues or earthy tones will suit you best.