Ask any fashion designer and they’ll readily agree that accessories are what make or break an outfit. Your choice of accessories can either elevate the look of your outfit or make it look gaudy, in an instant. Choosing the right accessories is an art in itself. You should know how to colour coordinate, what materials go well together and how to enhance the look of your dress without going completely OTT and ruining the look.
We asked the evening dress specialists at Vivid Dresses what are the top 5 must-haves when it comes to accessorizing dresses? Read on to find out their top picks and what makes them so special.
Whether you’re opting for an understated clutch or a bright-coloured crossbody bag, a bag is one of those accessories with the power to transform your outfit. It’s also one of the accessories that people take note of, so be sure to invest in a high-end designer bag to immediately up your style quotient.
If your outfit is a spring/day dress, you can even accessorize with a nice big tote that can hold all your stuff. Fashionable and practical, just the way we like it.
Of course, what’s on your feet will determine how you look to people. You can go for the sex siren look with a pair of killer heels, the demure goddess look with some sparkly ballet shoes or nail the naughty gal look with some thigh-high boots. It’s all about what you want to project.
Every woman should own a pair of bold red heels, a quality pair of nude pumps and a pair of black heels (very versatile). These three pairs of shoes can be mixed and matched with many different dresses and work well with a wide-range of colours.
Bling Is In
So, you’re going out for drinks with friends, right after work? One of the easiest ways to transform your work look, taking it from corporate woman to gal-up-for-some-fun is to add some statement jewellery to the mix. It can be a pair of pretty dangle earrings that sparkle and shine with every step that you take. Or a strategically placed pendant that draws the eyes to your décolletage. Or if you are feeling particularly adventurous, maybe a delicate body chain that wraps around your torso and shows off both your curves and your outfit.
Depending on the colour, style and texture of your dress, you can choose from gold, silver, bronze or even bright coloured statement jewellery. The idea is to complement your dress with some much-needed bling to give it an edge.
Slay It with Layers
Layering your outfit to add some details by way of textures and colours is a sophisticated way to accessorize your outfit. Layers are great when you want to break the mould and give the dress your unique twist. A white jacket with an LBD will make for a shocking contrast that can elevate the look of the dress. Or a gorgeous silk scarf with a floral pattern can add a touch of spring to your outfit. There’s so much you can achieve with some clever layering.
Colour Me Pretty
You’ve got the killer dress on and accessorized with some statement jewellery and sexy shoes. But something is missing. Your look still looks incomplete. Well, duh! We need to take care of hair and makeup. Hair and makeup are the final secret weapons in your arsenal to help you make your dress runway worthy. If your dress is off-shoulder or backless, then putting up your hair in a pretty messy-bun will allow you to show off your outfit to its best advantage.
Likewise, you can paint your lips a bright red or a pale pink, depending on what kind of look you’re going for and which colour works well with your outfit. With makeup techniques like contouring and highlighting, you can accentuate your best features and make your outfit runway ready.
Accessorizing can be fun and exciting. Don’t be afraid to play with colours and add some unique touches to the outfit with your accessories. How about wearing a bracelet as an anklet? Or using a scarf as a belt? When it comes to accessories, there is so much you can do. The secret is to think out of the box and not be afraid to take some risks. That’s the biggest difference between a trendsetter and follower. Be the trendsetter, do it your way and make that beautiful dress that you grabbed at a sale look like a designer outfit that cost a fortune.