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Feminspire | April 18, 2014

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How To Accessorize Effectively!

How To Accessorize Effectively!

I once told a friend in college that accessories are the key to a great outfit. We were in school for fashion merchandising, discussing the sartorial choices of our peers (note: wearing head to toe designer labels does not make you fashionable by default). I expressed my opinions on how accessories make or break a great outfit, and now I’m here to share them with you!

Let’s start off with the necklaces. The rules of necklace wearing is fairly simple: if you’re wearing a “busy” shirt, keep the neckline simple. If your top or dress is simple, rock out all out want! Also, be sure to stick to only one statement piece (the IT piece for fall accessories) or multiple layers of simplicity. On trend this season? Neon rhinestones. OH YES. And mixing metals can be oh-so-chic when done well.

Mixed metals, via EffortlessCool

Simplicity, via

Statement, via

Statement, via

Next up we have bracelets. Nobody quite knows how to accessorize better than The Man Repeller’s Leandra; her “arm parties” are literally to die for. The key to a great arm party? Start with one thing big, whether it’s bold and statement making, or a watch, or a thick bangle. I personally always begin with my favored Michael Kors Watch (which I love and think everyone should aspire to own!). Add some on-trend bangles or bracelets, which currently includes bright friendship bracelets, beady skulls, bulky chains, and pretty much anything else you can get your hands on. Alex & Ani have personlized bracelets that are perfect for layering!

Arm party, via TheManRepeller

Arm party, via


My own arm party! Via EffortlessCool

Rings can be done however you like. Some people layer them, while people like me like to keep it simple. It’s pretty much based on what else you’re doing; if you’re doing a statement necklace, keep your arm party down low, and your rings even more subtle. If you’re focused on the bracelets, add some more fun to your fingers and keep your neckline basic.

Mixed metal rings, via

Statement rings, via hippielazman

An even bigger statement, via

What are your favorite accessories? What would you like to see more of? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Sahra Schukraft
Follow her fashion and lifestyle blog, Effortless Cool!