Spice Up Your Outfit

How to make impact with accessories

In life, we can’t sweat the small stuff. But when it comes to putting together an impact ensemble, the details definitely matter. If you’re among the many women who find themselves intimidated by the little extras that can either complete an outfit or destroy it, don’t worry. Here’s your guide to accessorizing with style!

Make your face part of your outfit!
Think makeup isn’t an accessory? Think again! By deciding upon an actual makeup look – not your everyday style, but a bold lipstick, sparkly eye or fully contoured face, you’ll transform the most basic outfit to chic in an instant! Clothing anything but basic? Let your makeup compliment – it’s the simplest path to a put together look!

Think beyond your jewelry box!
Sure, the right piece of statement jewelry can amp up your style… and this season there’s no shortage of big, dangling earrings and bold necklaces to choose from. But if you’re looking for a more innovative way to spice your style, you’re in luck! These days, it’s not just rings, earrings and necklaces stepping off the runways into women’s wardrobes. Sunglasses (particularly round or bright colored frames) are super of the moment – after all, skies can be brightest on the coldest days. And a wide, waist-cinching belt will emphasize your shape – and your fashion taste.

It’s in the bag!
Choosing the right bag to complete your look can make all the difference between on-point and just pulled together. This season, expect bucket bags to make an even bigger comeback for day looks and in the evening, think beyond the little black purse. Something square or sparkly (better yet both) can up your fashion quotient, no matter what you’re wearing.

Make the season work for you
And last, but not least, we all know hats and scarves have practical purposes. However, if you choose your winter-wear carefully, you’ll go from eskimo to fashionista in a snap! Learn how to layer – complementary and contrasting fabrics can all work well together and you’ll feel warm, but look hot!
Stephanie K. Smith is a freelance writer working across mediums. Her pieces have appeared on sites ranging from CNN.com to National Lampoon and she’s written television pilots for Fox, CBS, The CW and Legendary Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her son, Dash and their (girl) cat, Fred.  http://www.stephanieksmith.com/

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