Something missing? 8 Essential Accessories For You!

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Hands up if you've ever pulled together the perfect outfit after hours of clawing through your closet, only to stand in front of the mirror and ask "Hmmm...what's missing?"  It all works (of course it does, you have style) but there's something else that will take your look from a la mode to dressed to kill.  Well, we've discovered the secret!  It's accessories!  Yes, those little and inexpensive additions that you can just throw on, that are fuss free, but somehow have that power to totally spice up your outfit.  Here's a selection of our top accessories, that will have you updating your outfit and accessorising effortlessly in no time!

1. The Statement Ring

Small, effective and eye-catching, just some of the reasons why the ring is one of our favourite accessories.  A statement ring can transform a Little Black Dress from classic to party-ready in a few seconds.  Oh, and it can show off that perfect manicure you got!  Just remember that when it comes to making a statement with statement jewellery, less is more, so avoid wearing a bracelet on the same arm to maximise the ring's wow factor.

2. Necklaces, in all shapes and sizes

Anything that can change the total look and feel of an outfit in one effortless motion always get our stamp of approval.  Whether it's a long necklace you wear with a turtle neck, or a chunky metal piece with colour for added effect with your favourite round neck top, the necklace is a guaranteed outfit changer.  Our personal favourite styling ideas are layering (more is more for the fashionista!) and wearing a choker over a turtle neck...both are oh so now, and oh so easy.  Our golden rule is to make sure that the necklace doesn't fall in and out of our clothing, after all, accessories are there to complement your gorgeous ensemble, not to compete with it.

3. Earrings, the ultimate nod to glamour
What's the perfect outfit without the perfect earrings?  Earrings have the unique power to complement an outfit, make up and hair, all in one go!  With a up-do and an evening dress, the bigger and sparklier the better; for a more understated day look, we love coloured studs or pretty little details, like bows.

4. Matching sets
Match, match, match away we say!  Whilst mixing and matching, and stacking and layering, are fabulous, a matching set can add elegance and give you the air of a chic Parisienne.  Sets are perfect for weddings and gifts, and ideal if you want to achieve the polished "I pay so much attention to little details" look for that big work meeting.

5. Bracelets and bangles
Stack, stack and stack away!  When it comes to bracelets and bangles, mixing and matching metals, colours, textures and fabrics is where it's at.  This has got to be the easiest way to create a unique look.  If you don't want the fuss of smaller pieces, or prefer something that screams "wow", opt for a large bangle or a statement bracelet that catches the eye.  Too much for the day?  Pop it in your purse and slip it on when you apply your lip gloss on your way out of the office.

6. Brooches (no, they're not just for your Gran!)
What's not to love about a good brooch?  Talk about being the best multi-tasking accessory out there!  Put one on your work shirt for an instant foray in to the fashionable side of the work wardrobe, wear it on your coat to show you have style, even under all those layers, and clip it on your bag or scarf for an instant update. Or...add it to your up-do as a hair accessory for something truly innovative!

7. Scarves, the trusty essential for all seasons
They keep us warm, and they keep us stylish.  No wonder we love this basic accessory in all fabrics, textures, colours, prints and styles.  A huge woolly one in this season's hottest colour has the power to revamp a black or grey coat at the fraction of the cost of buying a new one, and a skinny silk scarf wrapped around the neck oozes city style, Parisian chic and Italian glamour, all in one go!

8. Clutch bags, because, really when you think about it, you just need space for a lipstick
So what if all you can fit in your clutch is a lipstick?  Men's suits are there to carry all your other essentials!  Whether you choose a dainty clutch to carry your evening must-haves, or an oversized one to complement your jeans for a weekend brunch date, this truly is a little detail that creates a big (and practical!) impact.
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