How To Perfect Your Outfit With The Right Accessories
You’ve all seen her… that one woman who always looks perfectly put together, no matter the occasion? Just the right jewellery, handbag, scarf, and even sunnies? How does she manage to do it? We’re going to let you in on her secret so that you can have that same confidence with your looks, every day.
When it comes to fashion, the right accessories can make all the difference. Whether it’s the perfect pair of earrings or a waist-defining belt, they have the power to elevate your outfit and showcase your personal style, while making you feel like the confident woman you are.
Together, let’s explore the art of accessorising and provide you with valuable outfit accessories ideas and tips to complete your look every time. No more guessing needed!
Whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or putting together a casual chic look for school runs or coffee with the girls, we've got you covered.
Let’s Talk About Colour Theory
Colour plays a crucial role in fashion, and understanding a little about colour theory can help you create stunning outfits every time, and with very little effort.
What is the Colour Theory?
Have you ever put on a shirt or sweater and felt like your skin looked totally washed out, or on the flip side, the colour seemed to make your skin glow? Red looks fabulous on you, but blue makes you feel drab. That’s the magic of colour, and by understanding a little more about colour theory, you’ll be able to find the hues that make you look like a million bucks.
In fashion, you can use the colour theory to determine whether your skin tone categorises you as a winter, spring, summer, or autumn. This is called seasonal colour analysis, and will help determine which colours work best for you.
Understanding the basic principles of colour theory can help you to create eye-catching outfits and find accessories that will highlight your features. Let's talk more about the summer, spring, winter and autumn seasonal categories:
The summer palette involves cooler colours, such as light blues, greens, and lavenders. Pastel shades like pale yellows and pinks also work well if you have a summer seasonal palette. Additionally, you’ll look good in tans and greys.
If you’re a spring type of gal, bright, warm colours, such as oranges, yellows and reds are your top choices. Rose and coral are also good options. For neutral tones, you should reach for that beige or cream top or pants.
Women with the winter palette can get that ethereal glow in darker jewel-toned hues, such as blues, purples, and greens. In contrast, vibrant shades of reds or pinks that have a cool undertone will work for them. Black and white also complement their skin.
Autumn ladies will look radiant in rich colours like deep reds, oranges and browns. Outfits in earthy tones like olive green or mustard yellow are also your best bets along with neutral shades of greys and beiges.
Start with a Colour Scheme
When it comes to choosing the right pieces to make your look really pop, the key is in finding pieces that complement each other and create a cohesive look. An easy way to do this is by selecting accessories that share a colour palette.
Choose a colour scheme that complements your dress and enhances its beauty. Consider whether warm (yellows, oranges, reds) or cool tones (greens, blues, purples) suit your look best.
Pay Attention to Your Skin Tone
Your skin tone can affect how certain colours look on you. Determine if you have a warm or cool skin tone, and choose accessories that harmonise with it. There is a very simple way to determine your skin tone. Look at veins on the inside of your wrist. If they appear blue or bluish, you are cool-tones. If they look more green, you are warm-toned.
For you cooler complexion ladies, choose jewellery or pieces that include lighter metallics, such as silver and gold to set off your inner glow. You can also opt for gemstone colours that have blue undertones, like turquoise, aquamarine or sapphire.
If you have a warmer skin tone, opt for yellow-based golds or rose golds, as well as red-hued gemstone colours like rubies and garnets. The right accessory will help to bring out your natural beauty and add an extra touch of glamour to your outfit.
How to Accessorise a Dress
Accessorising your favourite dress involves careful consideration to ensure a cohesive and stylish look without going overboard. It can be tempting to pile on the accessories, but a few well-chosen items can often go further to showcase your style than having it look like you emptied out your accessory stash!
Dress Accessorising Tips
Here are some of our favourite tips to help you find just the right balance:
Consider Your Dress Shape
When it comes to choosing accessories for your outfit, always consider the shape of your dress first. For instance, if you're rocking a flowy maxi dress, go for those delicate and boho-inspired accessories to keep that airy vibe, as opposed to big, bulky pieces that will weigh down the look. But if you're going for a sophisticated, polished look in a structured and tailored dress, aim for sleek and modern pieces to match.
Maximise Negative Space
Did you know that dresses can have negative space? You may not have heard the term before, but it plays an important role in accessorising. Negative space includes the parts of a dress or outfit between cutouts or the pattern/texture. When it comes to accessories, here's the trick: strategically use pieces to enhance those empty spaces to build a balanced look.
If your dress has a print around the neckline and hem, adding a belt to the negative space can draw attention to your curves, removing any blockiness that the pattern may create. For an open back, go for a necklace that falls beautifully hangs down your back, or opt for a flowing scarf that draws attention to that stunning open-back detail. It's all about making the most of those blank spaces and turning them into eye-catching focal points.
Complement the Neckline
The neckline of your dress is a prime example of a focal point and negative space, and the right accessories can enhance its beauty. Choose necklaces or earrings that complement the neckline shape.
Imagine you're wearing a dress with a keyhole neckline. That’s a perfect opportunity to draw attention to it! Choose a statement necklace with a pendant that drops in the keyhole. For a V-neck dress, a pendant necklace and drop earrings are a perfect choice, while statement earrings and a choker necklace can add elegance to an off-shoulder dress.
Highlight the Dress’s Features
Knowing your fashion accessories is key to choosing the right pieces that accentuate what you want to highlight, whether it's your waistline, shoulders, decolletage, or legs.
For example, if you want to draw attention to your waistline, rock a statement belt that cinches and accentuates your hourglass figure. And if you're looking to add some sparkle to a one-colour or monochrome dress, a dazzling brooch is just the ticket. Oh, and if you're wearing a sleeveless dress, don't forget to add a bracelet to bring some extra attention to those fabulous arms of yours.
Remember, when selecting accessories, it's important to consider the fabric and pattern of your dress, too. A captivating necklace will truly shine against a plain material, but it might get lost if paired with a busy print or a heavy texture.
Now, let's talk about one of the best dress accessories ideas we have for you. Our Freez black sling is a game-changer! Its sleek design adds an edgy finish to your outfit, especially if you're rocking a bright or pastel long-sleeved dress. Not only will you have hands-free freedom, but you’ll accentuate your lovely shoulders. It's all about creating that stylish contrast and elevating your look without even trying.
Accessorising a Busy Print Dress
When your dress has a bold print, like our Fressia Dresses, opt for simpler accessories that won't overpower or fight with the pattern. Choose accessories that complement the colours in the print rather than compete with them.
When it comes to accessorising a busy print dress, remember the magic of delicate jewellery pieces. Think small stud earrings or a simple pendant necklace to maintain a harmonious balance with that vibrant pattern.
Subtle and understated accessories can work wonders in seamlessly tying your entire outfit together. So, embrace the power of those dainty details and let your vibrant print dress take centre stage.
Accessorising a Solid Colour Dress
On the other hand, solid colour dresses provide a perfect canvas for creating visual interest with bold accessories.
These will add instant texture and dimension - and interest - to your outfit. Let your creativity shine through and reach for different materials like leather, metal, or fabric for your accessories to create a bit of a surprise.
Select pieces in colours that will make your dress pop. For example, if you're wearing a vibrant red dress, accessories in neutral shades like black or metallics can create a sophisticated and balanced ensemble.
Experiment with accessories such as belts, scarves, or statement necklaces to add visual interest and create a coordinated look.
How to Accessorise a Casual Chic Look
Getting casual chic right will give you that carefree, relaxed vibe, but that doesn’t mean it needs less attention. Here's the deal: carefully chosen highlights can take your outfit to the next level without making it look like you tried too hard.
First up: fabulous sunnies! Every stylish gal needs at least one go-to pair. Not only do they protect your eyes from the sun, but they also add that cool factor to your look. Classic aviators, trendy cat-eye and oversized frames, or retro-inspired round sunglasses are all excellent choices to showcase your personal style.
Next up is handbags. They're an easy way to add a fashionable touch while being practical. Whether it's a crossbody sling or a chic backpack, these options keep your essentials in check and your hands free, all while elevating your outfit's style. Keep size and pattern in mind. Don’t weigh down a formal look with a large tote or backpack, and avoid a structured top-handle when you’re heading for a day at the park.
Last of course, the perfect hat! It's a versatile accessory that adds a touch of style to your casual look. Whether you go for a fedora, wide-brimmed hat, or a trendy cap, choose a style that complements your face shape and outfit.
Remember, nailing your casual chic look is all about mixing and matching accessories while maintaining that effortless style. Experiment with different combinations and have fun expressing your unique fashion sense. Don’t be afraid to be bold or unexpected and show off your personality.
Oh, and speaking of elevating your outfit, one place to start is with our Cleo Knit collection. It features a black jumper and cardigan with a cheetah print accent. It's that touch of wild flair that takes a simple outfit from ordinary to extraordinary, even on those everyday occasions. Dare to add a little bit of wildness to your style!
The Best General Accessories
To really win at the style game, ladies, it pays to know your fashion accessories. Certain pieces tend to look good with anything and can finish off any outfit. They have the power to transform your look, and for us ladies on the go, are life-savers when you need a quick change between commitments, or if you’re travelling and want to stretch your looks. Here are some general tips to consider when building your go-to stash:
Neutral Colour Accessories
Neutral-coloured accessories, such as gold or silver jewellery, black handbags or nude-toned scarves and hats, can be versatile and complement a variety of looks. They are timeless and give a certain elegance to your style, not to mention go with so many different pieces. It’s a great way to create multiple looks with a few base pieces.
We love pairing neutrals with our Abstract Frill Dresses, easily transitioning your look from office chic to an elegant night out with a few strategic swaps.
Print and Patterned Accessories
A pop of print or patterned accessories can make your outfit stand out. Use them to create focal points or to bring together different elements of your ensemble.
When you're rocking those short sleeves, adorn your wrists with bangles, bracelets, or cuffs. Go for a single, delicate piece for a polished look, or go bold and layer multiple pieces for a fun, even bohemian feel. They not only draw attention to your arms but also make a fabulous style statement.
Let's talk about scarves. They're a quick and easy way to inject some energy into a solid-coloured look and show off your beautiful neck. Wrap a vibrant or patterned scarf around your neck, and voila! You've instantly elevated your outfit with a pop of colour and texture. And we all know that a great scarf paired with sunnies instantly makes any woman feel like Jackie-O!
And speaking of quick additions, a patterned sling bag is your secret weapon. It adds dimension to your ensemble in a snap. Pair your solid-coloured outfit with a stylish pick featuring a captivating pattern, and you've instantly taken your look to the next level.
Pairing with Makeup
Up to this point we’ve been talking about things like belts, necklaces, hats, and sunnies. One accessory we can’t ignore is makeup! Your makeup is the finishing touch that makes that cohesive and put-together appearance. A dewy, slightly bronzed complexion, perfect cat-eyes, lush lashes, and a perfect pout. For date night, you may choose to go bold with your makeup, opting for a bold red lip and a soft, smoky eye. When meeting up with the girls for coffee, a barely-there lip shine and a playful cat-eye liner will set off your look.
It's all about choosing a colour palette that compliments your skin tone and your outfit to bring your look together.
When it comes to eyeshadow, experiment with coordinating your shadow colour with your jewellery or scarf for an extra pop. If you're going for a warm brown smokey eye, consider choosing gold or bronze accessories. Go with a red lip for a nod to your favourite red heels.
Tips on Jewellery
Whether it’s a necklace, rings, bracelets, or even your watch, mastering the accessorising game is all about choosing pieces that complement the style and occasion of your outfit. For casual or office wear, delicate and understated pieces work like a charm. But when it's time to glam it up for an evening or formal dress, bold and statement jewellery is the way to go. It adds that touch of drama and makes you shine.
One of our favourite pieces, Cleo Knit's casual vibe, can be amped up with a chunky necklace and pair of statement earrings.
Any outfit can look more interesting if you layer one or two necklaces. Experiment with different lengths and styles or materials of necklaces to create a unique layered look.
And don't forget to consider how the neckline or plunge line of your dress can be enhanced by the right jewellery. For example, if you're rocking a deep V-neck dress, drop earrings and a pendant necklace that follows the shape of the neckline can be the perfect complement. It's those little details that take your outfit to the next level.
Tips on Earrings
Drops, studs, chains, even intentionally mismatched earrings can show off your beautiful features, hairstyle and overall look. Knowing what style will best suit your face shape is important. For those of us with round faces, studs or small hoops tend to work like a charm. If you have a square face shape, long and dangling earrings can beautifully elongate your face.
Now, if you want your earrings to truly stand out, keep the rest of your look minimal. Opt for a sleek hairstyle, or pull your hair back to let those earrings take centre stage. It's their time to shine!
And speaking of shine, let's consider the colour of your earrings in relation to your outfit. Matte colours can create a sophisticated and polished look, while shiny or metallic earrings bring a touch of glamour and sparkle. It's all about finding the perfect balance and creating a cohesive ensemble.
Tips on Bags
Now, it’s time to get to one of our favourite accessories - handbags! Let's talk about the importance of selecting the perfect bag to instantly level up your outfit in terms of both functionality and style. Different occasions call for different bag styles and sizes, so let's break it down.
When it comes to evening events, clutches or small handbags are your go-to options. They're sleek, elegant, and perfect for carrying just the bare essentials - your phone, lipstick, your ID, and a little bit of cash.
On the other hand, for everyday use like school runs or a trip to the shops, sling bags, tote bags, or backpacks are your best friends. They not only accommodate your daily must-haves but also add a practical and fashionable touch to your look.
Now, when choosing a bag, it's important to consider both practicality and aesthetics. Think about how the bag compliments your outfit and the intended use.
For a casual day out, a small crossbody bag, like our Freez coffee sling bag, can be the ideal choice. It's compact, convenient, and adds a trendy touch to your ensemble. Bonus points for keeping your hands free. And if you're looking to elevate your workwear outfit, a structured tote bag or shoulder bag is a winner.
Speaking of sling bags, our collection has got you covered. We offer a variety of colours and shapes to suit your individual style. These stylish choices are sure to add that trendy and functional element to your outfit. So, make sure to browse our collection and find accessories that perfectly complement your attire.
Tips on Glasses
Did you know that your glasses can be an unexpected accessory that adds flair to your overall look? Embrace the opportunity to be daring with your specs! Choose frame shapes and colours that enhance your facial features and match your personal style.
Chunky frames make a bold statement, while lighter frames offer a more subtle and sophisticated vibe. Explore different frame shapes and colours to find the perfect match for your desired look. And here's a little cheat for those who don't need prescription glasses: you can always pick up a fashionable pair of frames with clear lenses or even no lenses at all! It's all about embracing that trendy eyewear aesthetic.
Let’s not forget sunglasses. They're a timeless accessory that combines functionality and fashion. Different lens tints can create different moods and styles, while protecting those beautiful peepers. Mirrored lenses add a trendy and edgy touch, while gradient lenses offer a softer and more classic appearance. So, choose the lens tint that suits your vibe and rock those shades with confidence.
Tips on Scarves
This time, let’s dive deep into the magic of scarves, one of the most fun and feminine fashion accessories out there. Whether you go for a long and flowing style or a cute handkerchief design, scarves have the power to transform any look. Get ready to unleash your creativity!
Experiment with different tying techniques to create a range of stunning looks. From the classic knot to a loose wrap or a trendy infinity loop, scarves instantly add drama, texture, and visual interest to your ensemble. It's like adding that final touch of fabulousness!
We’ve just got to appreciate our black and white cross print scarves. They're classic pieces that can be styled in so many ways. You can drape it over your shoulders as a chic shawl or knot the ends together at the back of your neck for an effortless vibe.
You can also use them to add volume and texture to your outfit. Simply loop a longer scarf around your neck twice and tie it into a stylish knot at the front. It's an instant upgrade that takes your look from ordinary to extraordinary.
Mastering Warm and Cool Tones
Okay, so remember the seasonal colour palettes we talked about earlier? Understanding these palettes is key to creating harmonious outfits that truly make a statement.
Warm colours, like radiant reds, oranges, and yellows, bring energy and vibrancy to your look. So, when rocking warm-toned outfits like our Monique Knit in Tan, Peach, and Hot Pink, it's best to complement them with accessories in similar warm shades. Think gold jewellery, warm-toned bags, or even a pair of heels that match the fiery hues.
On the flip side, cool colours such as calming blues, greens, and purples create a soothing effect. For cool-toned outfits, opt for accessories in coordinating tones to maintain that serene aesthetic. Silver and gold jewellery, a navy bag, or a pair of chic blue heels are fantastic options to complete your ensemble.
By creating a cohesive colour scheme, you enhance the overall look and allow your accessories to seamlessly blend with your outfit. It's all about that harmonious balance, ladies.
Now it’s time to discuss your skin tone since it plays a role in how certain colours look on you. Warm skin tones tend to glow with gold-toned accessories, while cool skin tones are flattered by silver or platinum tones. Take your skin undertones into consideration when selecting accessories to ensure they complement your complexion flawlessly, bringing a glow rather than an “Oh no!”
Remember, ladies, colours have the power to transform your look and enhance your natural beauty. Embrace the warmth or coolness of your skin tone and let your accessories shine. So, go ahead and rock those harmonious colours with confidence!
Discover More at Freez Clothing
Accessories are the secret to unlocking the full potential of your outfits. They hold the power to transform a simple dress into a show-stopping ensemble that reflects your style and beauty. The best part? Accessories can help you create multiple looks from just one outfit. How amazing is that?
Never underestimate the impact of the right accessories. Whether it's a statement necklace, a chic scarf, or a trendy bag, the right accessories can elevate your style and turn heads.
Explore a wide range of women's accessories from Freez to find just the right pieces to enhance your outfits and express your personal style.