So what is a Fashion Accessory?

"A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer's outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer's look".

I like that word 'contribute' because a fashion accessory should contribute' to the whole look, helping to create an outfit, expressing your personality and sense of style. 

Basically accessories can be broken down into two areas - those that are worn and those that are carried. So we wear shoes, boots, hats, belts, scarves, shawls, stockings, tights, ties, gloves, jewelry, a watch etc. but we carry bags, glasses, sunglasses, briefcase, luggage, pens, wallet and an umbrella. 

You can take an ultra simple outfit in neutral colors and go with your instinctive choice for accessories or you can choose to paint a picture of the person you would like to be!

Because the accessories you choose to wear (or carry) say a lot about you!

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From the long list of items above you can understand how easy it would be to overload if you were an accessories fan! 

Coco Chanel is reported to have said 'Before leaving the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off'.

Think you've got nothing to wear

Think you've got nothing to wear? If your wardrobe looks boring a few key accessories can transform simple into stylish.

Accessories will draw the eye so choose just a few to accent an outfit or highlight the feature you want to present. Keep it simple when surrounding your face otherwise you will be lost in the 'jungle'.

Whether you want to style up, style down or go completely casual, you can dictate the tone with your choice of add-ons - just keep them to the same level of 'dressiness'.

Keep to scale...

Whatever accessories you add to an outfit should be in proportion to your body frame. Avoid too much bulk if you have a small frame but a larger lady will look bigger still if her accessories are tiny.

Mia Tui - the bag that's a PA!

Not only is this travel bag the perfect piece of hand luggage but it's become my 'personal assistant' on a day-to-day basis!

I no longer need reminding to take my phone, drinking water or glasses because one look inside my bag shows the gaps that need to be filled. How clever is that?

There's a Mia Tui bag for everyone - work bags big enough for a laptop, occasion bags, baby changing bags...(read more)

4 tips to choose a necklace

The neck is a very sensitive area and considered an erogenous zone – I wonder if this is why we decorate ourselves in this area. 

But necklaces can be surprisingly difficult to get right...

Wearing Pearls with style!

If you thought pearls were dated and only worn by ‘grandmothers’ think again!

As well as being a personal favorite, this gorgeous jewellery staple has always cycled in and out of fashion and is currently one of the hottest jewellery items trending.

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Wear a Spring scarf 10 ways

Dominique Sachse is not only a professional News reader in the United States but she's also quite a style icon. Here she shows some fresh ideas with a silk square to add pizazz to any outfit.

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Wear a scarf like a Parisian

Cashmere is a must for a Parisian woman and a black cashmere scarf is the epitome of chic. It holds a great shape, oozes class and can be tightened or loosened according to the effect you want to create. Use this method for lighter weight scarves too to create a delicate neckline.

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How to wear a scarf with style

Scarves are one of the easiest ways to add a touch of style and color to your outfit at any time of the year.

They pull an outfit together with a confident flair; they frame the face with softness and color and create a kind of magic!

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