Throughout history, fashion has been used to identify, showcase and define different personalities, cultures and backgrounds. In the past 100 years of fashion, we have seen a lot of different styles come and go.
One thing remains constant though – accessories. No outfit is complete without at least one excellent accessory and they have the power to transform your entire look… if you know which ones to choose.
Hats have come and go quite a lot of the past century of fashion. Once upon a time, you wouldn’t be caught dead outside the house without a bonnet or cap on your head. Nowadays the social rules of hat-wearing are a bit more laid back and the latest generations see hats as an optional accessory instead.
However, they can still make a terrific statement if you choose the right hat with the right outfit.
When choosing a summer hat, you want your choice to reflect the sunshine and warmth of the season and honestly, the bigger the better! For winter, opt for something colourful to lift your look out of the cold. Just because a hat is practical, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring!
If you’re looking for something completely different from the high street, why not look back to the past for inspiration? Vintage fashions offer us lots of choice when it comes to stylish hats and recent interest in vintage styles means you can buy them easily online.
Subtle, stylish and sophisticated, a watch is more than just a timepiece – it is one of the best weapons in your accessory arsenal.
You may think there’s not much different between watch styles: they all have a clock face, hands and a strap. But there really is so much more to them and how they change your look.
A watch with a brown leather strap and cream watch face is perfect for those looking for a classic style which is both simple and elegant.
For those wanting to update their look with something futuristic and modern, a black metal strap watch with digital readout is the way to go.
Coco Chanel famously once said “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” When it comes to jewellery, you should always make sure that the one thing you do keep wearing is worth it.
Necklaces are perfect when you want to change your look with a simple change. Delicate silver chains add a sleek and elegant edge to your look, while chunky, colourful pieces will brighten up your whole ensemble.
Alternatively, go for something completely off the wall and you can make even the simplest outfit look incredible unique.
An engagement ring is always going to draw the eye of onlookers, but what about your everyday rings? Should they fade into the background?
If you want to show off your style, a distinctive ring could be just the ticket. Rings come in lots of different shapes and styles if you’re willing to be brave and go for something really original.
A thumb ring or rings that are worn halfway up the finger are a really easy yet striking way to change up your style in an instant. Swap them around or pair them with matching bracelet and funky nail varnish and you can give yourself a makeover every other day if you want
The golden rule of statement accessories is to be brave! A statement piece is supposed to make people look your way, so if no one notices that fantastic new ring you’re wearing or that distinctively different watch, you’ve got to try harder.