I personally believe that accessories can actually make or break a look. Fashion accessories fall into 4 major categories – jewellery, bags, scarves and other fun stuff like hats, sunglasses, iPad sleeves, belts, et all. The best way to learn anything is to observe well-dressed women around us and take a leaf from their trend books. In today's age of social media, this is very easy to do.
The celebrities who have had a huge impact on me, as far as accessorizing is concerned, are Olivia Palermo and Sonam Kapoor.
I absolutely love Sonam for her fearlessness when it comes to fashion. I almost envy her for the way she experiments with different styles and looks. One moment she is wearing a traditional outfit with a bold statement necklace and at the other moment she is flaunting a dramatic couture evening gown by Elie Saab. She is a fashion chameleon and this is what I admire about her style. There is never a dull and boring moment in Sonam Kapoor's fashion life.
Sonam wearing a couture sari by Anamika Khanna at Cannes
I specifically like the fact that she has a penchant for accessorizing differently. She is always almost seen in very edgy accessories even when she is wearing something traditional and conservative. She completely owns her looks. She wore an Anamika Khanna couture sari at Cannes with a kundan nath, which was truly original and bold. She is an inspiration for anyone who follows fashion and likes to keep up with trends.
Olivia is, by far, the goddess of accessorizing. She has a distinct style and a very classic and modern character in the way she dresses and pairs her accessories. She is most likely to wear a simple and elegant plain black dress. But what would make it look stunning would be a pair of tasselled shoulder-grazing earrings and a stunning clutch. The entire outfit is complete with these two accessories. For a casual day out, you would most likely find Olivia in a pair of trendy ripped jeans and a white shirt with a vivid scarf wrapped stylishly around her neck. What I particularly love about Olivia is her attention to detail. She would finish her casual look with a pair of canary-yellow loafers to add a quirky edge. This is precisely why she stands out with her style.
Another cool thing about accessories is that you can safely experiment with different looks. If you're aiming fora rocker chic look, you don’t have to go right away and buy ripped jeans and biker jackets. You can instead shop for necklaces or earrings with spikes on them and pair them with your jeans and a shirt. This will give you an instant and yet subtle makeover. When you experiment with fashion, you'll learn what makes you look good and what doesn't. This is the only way to really learn.
ShriVyshnavi Annush is the founder of Pookaari, an online accessories store. Read her posts on her Fashion101 Blog.