Lessons in Style – Lesson 5…

11 Feb

Silk scarves, jewellery, hand bags, shoes…. where would we be without accessories?!

Lesson Number 5 is…


Find your base – your “uniform” – your trusted pieces and build on top of them to add flair, nod your head at trends and add a dash of wow!

You could dress 5 ladies in the same black dress and make completely different looks from different accessories.

1 Dress 5 Looks - the power of accessorising

1 Dress 5 Looks – the power of accessorising

Accessories can also take a look from day to night and vice versa (accessories can save you from the walk of shame ladies). Or from a smart office look, to a more casual look.

Think about accessorising like you would interior design: You wouldn’t repaint and re-floor your house every season. You probably wouldn’t change the furniture much either, but you might swap around some pictures, re-cover some cushions and buy some new ornaments to re-fresh the look of your home. Use your fashion accessories to re-fresh your look.

Just be careful to apply the same rules to your accessories as you do to the rest of your wardrobe:

1. Only buy something if you LOVE it.

2. Make sure they fit your style personality, figure/face shape and work with your existing wardrobe.

3. Buy the best you can afford. Investing in a FENDI baguette might cost the same as 100 New Look bags… but you can almost guarantee it’ll look 1,000 times better (not always, use your newly trained discerning eye…)

4. Care for your accessories. Store them properly, clean them regularly (I use baby wipes on shoes and bags).

5. Be prepared to edit out accessories that no longer have the oompf factor.


Now – tell me, what is your favourite fashion accessory?


K x



6 Responses to “Lessons in Style – Lesson 5…”

  1. rebeccamyintthwin February 11, 2013 at 20:09 #

    Reblogged this on Stripes, Hearts and Paparazzis.

  2. Chrissie February 11, 2013 at 20:17 #

    My pearl necklace. Timeless and classic 🙂

  3. Mel February 11, 2013 at 21:56 #

    Bracelets!! Loooove bracelets 🙂
    So can you advise too? Say I have 100€ a month to spend on clothing, accessories, underwear, beachwear, shoes & bags.. What would your advise be for me stepping a bit on the fashion ladder?? X

    • kaybruceonstyle February 11, 2013 at 22:38 #

      Look at your budget as seasonal rather than monthly if possible. That would give you 300 euros each season, spring, summer, fall, winter… Aim to buy one investment piece each season, like a great summer dress, a new hand bag in the fall, a great winter coat… And a fabulous silk scarf for spring… Go through your current wardrobe, edit and note down the gaps… Keep this list with you so you stay focussed when you find yourself in a clothes shop. Use your budget to build on what you have. When budgets are tight, never buy anything that won’t work with what you already have…or you will be eternally unhappy! So, what will be your spring 2013 investment? 🙂 x

      • Melanie February 12, 2013 at 12:49 #

        That is smart thinking for building a quality wardrobe but where to begin?! I love blouses.. I’d probably go for that but I still need to adjust my thinking and see if this would work for me.. And I really love Mango too, is that bad?!
        I have to say, I am not unhappy with everything I own now, it’s just when I see a nice knitted Michael Kors sweater or MIssoni dress on a hanger in a shop I am in love and I really want to have that too hahaha think that has more to do with me being spoiled and always wanting more & better than anything else 😉 X

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