Very happy to be writing about this today! If you missed the first on, click here to read up on belts. I really enjoy writing about styling as a plus sized lady. As it can be difficult to get clothing and accessories that fit my body it is very important being able to make what I can get to look nice, and a great way to pull an outfit together through accessories.
As with many things in fashion, there are rules and there are circumstances where the rules should be thrown out the window. Let’s start with the rules.
Accessories that match pull outfits together. A tan belt, a tan bag and a nude pair of pumps paired with a blue dress allows the outfit to have a common and central colour that avoids looking messy. The same does with a black belt, black purse and black pumps paired with grey dress pants and a white blouse. Having matching pieces brings an organization to an outfit, and having them being subdued colours and tones keeps the look professional.
When it comes to matching accessories to jewelry, the rules says not to mix metals. Gold accents on a purse should be paired with gold jewelry. When it comes to building a versatile wardrobe on a budget, pick one metal and match to it. For example, my engagement ring and family ring are both gold, so I have opted to buy accessories with gold rather than silver accents to keep fluidity in my outfits.
As a rule, I would recommend always having a “set” of accessories. A matching belt, purse and pair of shoes pull a look together. As a minimum I would recommend having a complete set in both black and nude as they will pair well with pretty well every other colour. If tan doesn’t pair, black always will. You don’t always have to use all three items together. Having two matching items that work beautifully together can do as much as having the three.
Now let’s break the rules. Let’s return to the blue dress and say you wanted a statement piece. Let’s say you have a tan purse and pumps and a gold belt. This also works as the belt and shoes still match and the gold compliments the outfit. In this outfit let’s assume you would wear a gold ring and gold earrings. Now you have a strong theme in your outfit. The tan ties the belt and shoes together. The blue dress is the background. The gold belt, ring and earrings match well and now the outfit looks lovely and no part of it looks messy. The reason this works is due to the matching. Mixing metals and many colours at the same time makes outfits look messy.
In this day and age, mixing metals, prints and textures has become very common and when done correctly can lead to good results should it be done in moderation. A loud top, bright printed bottoms, statement shoes and a bold purse is just too much! Pick and choose and when pairing two prints, try to find a common colour between the two to tie them together. You can also match jewelry to outfits by matching the colour of the stones or beads to a colour in the outfit. This allows for loud looks that maintain an order that stops them from becoming a disaster.
Now all this being said, rules are meant to be broken. These are general rules, but your personal style doesn’t need to stay between the lines. For business and events, it’s probably best to stay within the lines, but personal style knows no boundaries! I would love to see your outfits and the confidence you have wearing them! DM me on instagram at @evablakeman!