Accessories can make or break your outfit, so you have to pay special attention to them. It’s so easy to get carried away when shopping for those beautiful and quirky pieces that seem to be a perfect match for your personality. Yet, choosing perfect accessories for an outfit is much more challenging, as even eclectic and highly individualized styles must be well-coordinated.

Choosing Perfect Accessories: Match Colors

Color coordinating can be easy, as says the Cosmopolitan. You can use a simple color wheel to help you pick complimentary colors for mixing a perfect outfit. However, accessories don’t follow the regular color coordination. Their purpose is to be bold, so you get much more leeway, especially when you wear clothes in neutral colors.

The most important rule to remember here is that you should only wear multicolored jewelry and accessories with lots of beads and threads with single or neutral-colored outfits.

Coordinating Your Accessories by Style

Style coordination is a lot more difficult today as it doesn’t adhere to any specific rules, like colors do. The general rule is to wear accessories that match the style of the outfit. However, the celebrities of today break it all the time.

The point is that today you can wear pretty much what you want and when you want as long as it makes you happy. This is what makes modern fashion so great, as you can use accessories to express your personal style and even mood. For example, an elegant Charmed Simplicity Necklace with a tiny picture of a moon in its exact position on some special date will look amazing with any outfit up to and including sweatpants and your loved one’s old T-shirt. It’ll work not only because the piece is both elegant and simple, but because it has a special meaning for you. So long as the rest of your accessories coordinate with this kind of ‘centerpiece’, you can even wear it to a cocktail party over your Little Black Dress.

The situation with large playful accessories, like necklaces with huge plastic beads, is rather similar. As long as you like it, and your outfit is ‘muted’, you can wear the piece to any but formal occasions with a strict dress code. These accessories are called ‘statement pieces’ and you can wear them anytime you want to make a statement.

Do not forget that a piece like this will define the style of your entire outfit. Therefore, it’s best to make the rest of it into a neutral background that will bring your ‘statement’ to the forefront.

Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Accessories for Any Outfit

With so much freedom granted by the eclectic fashion trends of today, you don’t have to learn the rules of what to wear. Instead, focus on the things you really shouldn’t do to keep your image stylish.

The biggest accessorizing mistakes are:

•    Matching the colors of accessories to your outfit.

When everything you wear is the same color, no one will notice how amazing your accessories are. They’ll simply get ‘drowned’ in the sea of sameness. This kind of coordination was popular a few decades ago. However, today it looks old-fashioned instead of stylishly retro.

•    Wearing several bold pieces at a time.

If you are wearing a statement necklace, huge hoop earrings will be too much. Stick to a single piece that will be the focus of your outfit and choose the rest that will highlight instead of overshadow it.

Accessorizing is simple these days. You can choose whatever quirky thing that catches your interest and use it as a statement piece to express your personal style. However, be careful not to get too much into this kind of expression as overusing accessories doesn’t compliment anyone.