Essential accessories every woman should own

Posted on June 18 2018

We all love a good handbag, or possibly have a shoe obsession or enough jewellery to never wear the same piece twice! But how many of us are really putting our accessories to work every day?

Stylish women everywhere often have their favorite wardrobe staples that are classic and worn repeatedly, even the royals do this. Accessories change the look of these wardrobe staples by adding colour, a theme or a new way to wear a favourite outfit. They can also add a style that is unique to you and when you wear it makes you feel like a million bucks!

How do you put your accessories to best use?

For example, you have a busy day with back to back meetings, even if that includes something at your child’s school and dinner out. You may begin your day with a favourite pant suit or even jeans and a white linen shirt, pair with a scarf or wrap and wedges for a meeting, then change into sunglasses and flats for running around, then switch to heels, statement jewellery and a clutch for the evening and you have just transformed the same outfit three times!

Here is a list of accessories every woman should own to help you modify your outfits and create your own style:

Scarf

A good scarf (or two or three or four) is such a versatile item! It can serve as the splash of colour your outfit needs, or do double duty as a headband or belt. Even if you're wearing a basic T-shirt and jeans, a printed scarf can be the bright piece to complete your look.

Statement Necklace

Jewellery is an essential accessory with limitless styles and options and a statement necklace can take an ordinary outfit and transform it into something wonderful! Organise your jewellery by type and colour to make adding your necklace, earrings or a bracelet quick and easy.

Wraps, Shawls or Cardigans

Cardigans, shawls and wraps straddle the line between fashion and accessory. But if you’re simply dressed in some leggings and a sweater or t-shirt, nothing dresses up your look faster than the right wrap or cardigan. Not to mention that a little cardigan or shawl is a great item to keep in your bag when you need to spruce up your ultra casual outfit, it’s chilly in the restaurant you’ve just arrived at or if the wind picks up. Lightweight cashmere and silk blends are compact yet wonderfully warm.

Try this very handy bolero from Ann G Linen’s Linen Jersey range.

Handbags

Handbags are often a symbol of your personality. What is your personal style? Are you a structured kind of woman, or do you like to sport a little boho style or some vintage chic? Choosing a neutral coloured handbag is a good choice as it will go with virtually anything. If you love something bold in your favourite colour, that is another great choice as you will always feel fantastic when you carry it around. Either way it can be handy to have a few to choose from.

Belts

Belts add a unique look to whatever you’re wearing. Invest in some good belts and wear them often. They are great for cinching your waist, tucking your tummy and giving you an hourglass figure. Wear them over a dress or shirt, with jeans or pants and even over a jacket.

Tights

This category is often forgotten when accessorising. But a beautiful stocking or pair of tights or some leggings under a dress or tunic can really streamline your look, add some personality to your outfit and even lengthen and slim you.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are another important accessory that not only add personal style but protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays. It’s amazing how a chic pair of sunnies can take your look from blah to woah!

Shoes

Most of us look for comfort above everything. But don’t sell your outfit short in attempt to put comfort over style. Nowadays, a beautiful pair of shoes can have it all – function, style and comfort. Black or neutral is the obvious choice, but a flat in your favourite colour provides a little pizzazz and works for every season.

Evening Accessories

This is a general category but an important one. Dressing up for evening requires its own set of accessories that sometimes don’t work with your daytime outfit. Your quintessential evening accessories should include:

  • an evening shawl or shrug
  • a gorgeous clutch
  • statement evening jewelry
  • an elegant, evening shoe

Look for items that are classic and have some extra bling and sparkle. Good colours that go with many looks include black and metallic tones.

Choosing accessories you love to wear and show off your individual style can create confidence in your appeal. Regardless of what you add to your look before you head out the door, be proud and confident of your style choice and carry that confidence all day. There is nothing more alluring than a woman that walks into a room accessorised in a big smile and an air of confidence.

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