I’m the type of person who enjoys the toppings on ice cream almost as much as the ice cream itself; I feel the same way about accessories, too. Every accessory tells a story, and it can be absolutely anything you want it to be; what story would you want to tell?
98-year-old fashion icon, and undisputed queen of accessorizing, Iris Apfel, has built a legacy around her love for unique and eclectic pieces; handpicking each one with love, from hidden gems all over the world. Her story is one that will be marked down in fashion history.
(Psst… you can learn more about (and totally fall in love with) Iris Apfel in the 2015 Netflix documentary Iris)
In the “more is more” spirit, here are a few tips to help you style-up your lewk.
Don’t be afraid to layer your jewelry, whether it be rings, necklaces, or hair accessories. Rather than clashing or fighting for their place, layered accessories actually complement one another. Choose items along the same color spectrum for a “matchy” look, or colors that fall on opposite sides of the color wheel, for something a little bolder.
Mixing metals and textures:
Whoever said mixing metals is tacky didn’t have a clue what they were talking out. Add a little extra dimension with gold, silver, rose gold, white gold, copper, brass, the works, really. Choose a “centerpiece,” so to speak, and work around it, finding the shades of metal that work best with it.
The same applies to textures; want to wear a silk scarf and a statement beaded necklace? Heck yes — the softness of the silk works well with the contrasting roundness and hardness of the beads. Give yourself lots of creative liberty when styling accessories; there’s no right or wrong, really; go with your intuition!
Playing with color can feel a little daunting, but start slow with a cute hairpin, some gems, or even with your lipstick! Once you feel comfortable, you can expand towards your bigger and bolder finds.
Unleash your glam goddess with stunning and extravagant accessories – don’t know where to start? Right here, right now.
This exaggerated tribal choker is a bold piece for when you’re really feeling yourself.
A fabulous, “starter-kit”, pair of metallic polygon drop earrings, that can glam-up any outfit!
We’re dropping the ‘Lolita’ in heart-shaped sunglasses; these scream badass babe from a mile away.
Art deco inspired Fan tassel drop earrings are an absolute must-have!
Accentuate your cute ‘do with a faux pearl statement hairpiece.
Channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor with this headscarf.
Unleash your wild, but also hint at your softness with a flower and leopard pleated hat!
Hair rings have always been a thing… but now it’s your turn to hop on.
There are no concrete rules when it comes to accessorizing, really. You have to take what it is you and what feels right and true to you and run with it. Big, bold and eclectic may not necessarily be your style, and that’s okay, too.
In an interview with Elle Decor, Iris Apfel, when asked about what it takes to be chic, said, “you have to know who you are, and you have to be comfortable with it. You just have to do it.”
Take Queen Iris’s word for it, and you won’t regret your fashion and accessorizing choices.