We’re unlocking the magic of accessories one tip at a time

Accessories hold a unique enchantment in fashion, and like alchemical ingredients, they transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, the mundane into the mesmerising. These adornments are the secret to creating looks that resonate with your individuality and personal style. When styled properly, accessories possess a great potential to reinvigorate your wardrobe. Whether you’re a seasoned fashionista, an aspiring trendsetter or just fashion-curious about having more fun with your outfits, with the right styling tips, you can unlock a world of limitless possibilities with your accessories.

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The must-have pieces for styling accessories 

A well-curated collection of accessories is the cornerstone of a versatile wardrobe. In styling accessories appropriately,  you need to fundamentally invest in timeless essentials – a string of pearls, a classic leather handbag, or a pair of elegant black pumps. These essentials embody the backbone of your accessory wardrobe, providing a canvas upon which you layer and experiment. Expand your repertoire with versatile scarves, statement belts, and chic ankle boots. With these in your arsenal, you’ll be ready to transform your outfits with finesse.

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Layer like a pro: mixing, matching, and maximising impact

Mastery of layering is the hallmark of a true fashion alchemist. Mix and match different accessories to create dynamic and eye-catching looks to achieve maximum style effect. Layering delicate necklaces with chunky bracelets or stacking rings on your fingers adds a personalised touch to any ensemble. A silk scarf draped elegantly over your shoulder will elevate a plain outfit, while a well-placed brooch can be a stylish focal point. Experimentation is key; don’t be scared to let your creativity shine.

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Make a statement with bold accessories.

While building a versatile collection is essential, don’t hesitate to make a statement when the occasion calls for it. Statement accessories will instantly elevate your look, be it an oversized pair of earrings, a bold cocktail ring, or a vibrant, patterned handbag. They spark curiosity and accentuate your unique style. The key here is perfect balance: spotlight one statement piece while understating the rest of your accessories.

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Bring vibrancy to your outfits with colours.

Incorporating colour through accessories is a masterful way to infuse energy into your wardrobe. Whether it’s a vibrant silk scarf, a pair of electric blue heels, or a bold red clutch, colourful accessories can elevate the mood of your outfit. Experiment with contrasting or complementary hues like blue and orange or red and green to breathe life into your outfits. Your ability to imbue colour correctly bespeaks your personality, mood, and an innate sense of style with a dash of pizazz.

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Texture play provides a sensory appeal. 

Fashion is a combination of visual and sensory experience. To imbibe this balance perfectly, incorporate diverse textures and materials through accessories to add an intriguing depth to your look. Explore the stylish outcome of a plush velvet clutch, chunky knit beret, and a pair of fur boots styled with a silk dress. These textural contrasts create a tactile dimension to your outfit, simultaneously engaging the eyes and sense of touch.

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The power of less using minimal accessories

Sometimes, less truly is more. Minimalist accessories, characterised by clean lines, simple shapes, and a neutral colour palette, beget sophistication and understated elegance. A delicate chain necklace, slim leather belt, sleek leather watch, dainty chain bracelet or a pair of stud earrings are the epitome of a chic style. Minimalist accessorising is about letting your outfit and personality shine, unburdened by excess adornment.

As we navigate the exciting world of sustainable fashion, remember that accessories are your ultimate allies. They provide an avenue for individual expression while experimenting with sustainable trends in curating a unique wardrobe. Always remember to mix, match, layer, and experiment.


  • Omotola Saba

    Hi, Omotola here, the human form of the 100 Emoji and the fashion and beauty writer at Marie Claire Nigeria. She started writing for fun and merged it with her love for fashion, and beauty. She's mostly at home, picking up yet another new hobby, scrolling through pinterest, laughing with her family or at dad jokes, or sleeping.

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