A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer's outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer's look. The term came into use in the 19th century.
Fashion accessories can be loosely categorized into two general areas: those that are carried and those that are worn. Traditional carried accessories include purses and handbags, hand fans, parasols and umbrellas, canes. Accessories that are worn may include jackets, boots and shoes, cravats, ties, hats, bonnets, belts and suspenders,gloves, muffs, jewelry, watches, sashes, shawls, scarves, socks, and stockings.1]
Most of us usually don’t give accessories a lot of thought when we get dressed. Our daily routine is so busy and hectic that we think mostly about our basic clothing when we get dressed. Clothing may make up the majority of an outfit, but accessories have lots of importance and significance to an outfit. It can change the whole look from plain to stylish, whether it is to change from daywear to nightwear by adding an exciting chic clutch bag or from a simple T-shirt and jeans to a sophisticated artistic look by adding suspenders to the outfit.
Accessories can be extremely dominant, they can complete a look or they can ruin an outfit. One of the best examples to emphasize the importance of accessories is in the world of men’s fashion. A suit with a tie or without a tie makes a significantly different impression on us. The added effect of cufflinks on a suit gives one a sense of importance and sophistication.
I realize most men and women are not fashion addicts but remember that using accessories is about helping you make a personal statement regarding who you are. Believe it or not, some accessories can even help you look fitter.
One of the most important effects accessories can have, is to help you with optical illusions to make one look slimmer and taller. Other methods to achieve this are by matching your shoes to your skin tone, longer necklaces, larger bracelets, different belts or larger handbags.
If you are not a fashionista, you can always add a unique handbag to your simple style and make a fashion statement.
So don’t be afraid to spice things up by adding some accessories and versatility to your look.