Why Do Accessories Matter?

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Clothing may make up the majority of an outfit, but accessories are more significant than you may think. You might find yourself spending just as much time shopping for accessories as you do for clothes — and rightfully so. As Giorgio Armani once said, "Accessories are important and becoming more and more important every day".

You can also look to an iconic fashion icon like Iris Apfel, who has been known to say things about the importance of accessories like, "My mother knew if you bought a couple of really good architectural outfits and put your money into accessories, you could create a million different looks; she taught that to me, which I think was invaluable."

Accessories and clothing have equal significance in an outfit, working together to create an ensemble that expresses your style and who you are.

Accessories Define Occasion

Just like clothing, certain accessories are appropriate for certain occasions. Essentially, you can bring a staple piece of clothing from one occasion to another by simply focusing on accessories.

For example, let's take a really basic outfit: a white button-up shirt and a pair of fitted, straight legged jeans in a dark denim wash. Using accessories and only accessories, you can take this standard outfit through three different occasions.

  1. For a day of shopping and lunch with the girls, you can accessorize with bold, colorful statement jewelry, a cross body bag and a pair of leather boots. Top off your fun look with a floppy straw hat and trendy sunglasses.
  2. To create a work ensemble appropriate for Fridays at the office, you can wear black kitten heels, a pearl necklace and a leather handbag in a neutral color. Complete the look with a skinny black belt and a lightweight, sheer scarf.
  3. Come night time, look comfy chic for a casual dinner date with a pair of pumps and an evening clutch. Accessorize with cocktail rings or interesting earrings.

As you can see, you can easily wear the same outfit for three different occasions. It's all about choosing the appropriate accessories.

Accessories Define Style

Accessories further emphasize your personal style, taste, and preferences. They also present endless opportunities for outfits, helping you make the best of each and every item you own. Clothing may physically take up more space in your closet and outfit, but accessories are the important details needed to complete each look.

On their own, a handbag, scarf or headband may not make much of an impact. However, when combined with clothing, accessories help create a solid outfit. Accessories matter just a much as clothing, providing you an entirely new opportunity to express yourself. Thanks to accessories, you can create a flowing wave of style from head to toe.

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