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7 Dramatic Ways Accessories Will Up Your Style Game

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I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.                            

~Michael Kors

I firmly believe you are not completely dressed until you have added accessories. It is my absolute favourite part of getting dressed. Sometimes I will build an outfit around a certain statement necklace or pair of earrings I am particularly mad about. Much like sprinkles on top of a cupcake, accessories make an outfit look more polished, interesting and special.

It’s obvious to me though, not everyone shares my enthusiasm for belts and bangles and bling. I know this because accessories are often the biggest gap we notice in a client’s wardrobe during a closet consultation.  It’s also one of the major reasons why you become bored with your closet. Here’s why these finishing touches shouldn’t be an afterthought.

7 Dramatic Ways Accessories Will Up Your Style Game

  1. They are are a quick and simple way to change the look of your outfit from day to night, casual to dressy and dated to modern.
  2.  Accessories can add texture, colour or shine to an otherwise plain or flat ensemble.
  3. You can infuse personality into your look with the right belt, bag or necklace.
  4. A strategically placed accessory can draw attention to a particular body part you love and draw the eye away from one you don’t.
  5. One expensive looking piece can elevate your entire look.
  6. A sequin scarf, chandelier earrings or other dramatic piece can bring a sense of occasion to your outfit.
  7. They will make you look more polished, put-together and intentional.


Experiment with some pieces you probably already have at home. A simple LBD can easily go from day to night and from ladylike to sexy with just a couple of extras.

A group of women 's outfits with different shoes.

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Infuse your everyday t-shirt and jeans with personality by adding a couple of carefully chosen items.

A bunch of different types of jeans and shoes

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You can even dress up your most casual tunic and leggings with a bit of shine, colour or texture.

A bunch of different outfits that are in this picture.

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Dee Clarke






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  • Louise
    February 7, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I like the idea of it being the exclamation point!

    • Dee Clarke
      February 7, 2018 at 8:33 am

      Lol. You know how I feel about exclamation points, but in this case, I support them 100%. Thanks for reading.

  • Kansas Bonanno
    February 7, 2018 at 10:15 am

    So many beautiful options you have here and your right, accessories make an outfit! Fab to basic in no time at all!

  • Rose
    February 7, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I love your examples. I have belts, bags, shoes and jewelry but don’t use them to the advantage. You have demonstrated how simple and easy it is and I would love to try and stepup my game.

    • Dee Clarke
      February 7, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      It IS super easy, Rose. A great way to change up your outfits when you’re travelling too.

  • Salma
    February 7, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I don’t accessorize a ton but when I do it’ll be a nice scarf or necklace

  • Dana Gutkowski
    February 7, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Great tips to spice up any wardrobe! Thanks for sharing your tips! I like exclamation points…especially for this post!

  • Emily Fata,
    February 7, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Who knew that accessories could up your fashion game by so much! I love all of these choices you’ve made — they really make the outfit complete!

    • Dee Clarke
      February 7, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Who know? I knew! haha Thanks for stopping by, Emily. 🙂

  • Reg Lok Von
    February 7, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve been totally into the chandelier earrings recently. I think I threw all of mine out when they were first popular 🙁

    • Dee Clarke
      February 7, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      I have rediscovered my dangly earring recently. I was into necklaces for so long, I forgot about them. It’s like Christmas! lol

  • Elizabeth O
    February 8, 2018 at 3:10 am

    I got so many great ideas from this post! Thanks so much for making me see that I need to up my game when it comes to accessories.

    • Dee Clarke
      February 9, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      You’re most welcome, Elizabeth. Have fun with playing with them. It doesn’t take much to add a bit of polish and pizzazz to your outfits.

  • Drake Conan
    February 8, 2018 at 5:03 am

    I like those outfit! Perfect, cute and stylish. Little black dress will be a great gift idea for my wife on Valentines.

    • Dee Clarke
      February 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      How thoughtful, Drake. You’re a keeper! My guess is buying her a necklace, earrings or bracelet might be easier than trying to purchase a dress where size and fit are considerations. Bling is much simpler and is sure to make your Valentine smile.

  • Corina
    February 8, 2018 at 7:04 am

    I can absolutely relate to this post, as I, too, place a lot of weight on accessories. I love the way you described how accessories can change a look and I agree to 100%. I’ll be coming back for more posts as I feel I’ll be learning new things here 🙂

    • Dee Clarke
      February 9, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Corina. It’s nice to meet other fashion lovers.

  • Janella Panchamsingh
    February 8, 2018 at 7:09 am

    accessories can turn any outfit into something more glam, especially for me who normally sticks to black clothing

    • Dee Clarke
      February 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Absolutely! I have a feeling I’m preaching to the choir with you, Janella.

  • sian ryan
    February 8, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I love using accessories to mix up and style outfits! My favourite is statement jewellery or shoes

    • Dee Clarke
      February 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      I’m a huge shoe fan too. My husband will vouch for me. 🙂

  • Alexine
    February 8, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I’m maybe the least accessories fan but I love to have earings and bracelets with me. Thanks for sharing some useful information of fashion world to me, I did learned a lot in here. Well, for me my favorite outfit will be that white shirt with a necklace and belt.

    • Dee Clarke
      February 9, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Not a fan of accessories? Say it’s not so! lol Even something so basic as a white T-shirt can be jazzed up. Have fun experimenting.

  • Candice
    February 8, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Accessaries can completely change your outfit and it’s the best. And I’m so glad big earrings are coming back into style because I love them!

    • Dee Clarke
      February 9, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Me too! I especially like big tassel earrings in the summer.

  • Rachel
    February 8, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I just started really working harder at accessorizing. I just love when they add personality to the outfit.

    • Dee Clarke
      February 9, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      They really do add personality. The more you wear them, the more you don’t want to go without them.

  • Easter Babe
    February 8, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    I love these ideas. You can turn one outfit into several different looks just by adding some accessories. I really like the tshirt and jeans!

    • Dee Clarke
      February 9, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks, Brandi. Accessories are my favourite part of getting dressed.

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