Nowadays, increasing numbers of us are starting to dress more and more like one another. This is largely the result of fast fashion. When you shop in stores or online, you can find countless pieces in whatever size you may be. The low cost of fast fashion draws people to these stores and it’s not all too surprising that wearing the same clothes as others you know is becoming increasingly common! Sure, it’s a good idea to start shopping vintage, shopping independent brands and shopping boutique stores to combat this. But you can also help to give yourself a more individual look by accessorising. Now, many of us are reluctant to accessorise, as we don’t really know where to get started. Here’s everything you need to know on the subject!
Many people’s go-to when it comes to accessorising is jewellery. Some common types of jewellery that you might want to work into your collection of accessories include:
- Bracelets – there are countless types of bracelets out there, from bangles to charm bracelets to chain bracelets. They can be chunky or delicate, metal or plastic. They can be anything!
- Necklaces – necklaces are popular and, again, diverse. There are so many different types, from chokers to longer necklaces, so make sure to shop around before settling for anything in particular.
- Rings – rings tend to be a little less diverse in terms of shape and size than other jewellery, but there’s still a huge collection out there. From engagement rings to mood rings, you need to find the right one for yourself!
- Watches – there are so many kinds of watches out there that you can look into buying. One of the best ways to ensure that the watch you are wearing is a great accessory is to look at the brand: if it’s something like a Patek Philippe, it’s bound to work for any look.
Piercing jewellery is, of course, a type of jewellery. This is a type of jewellery that, however, is placed through the body. There are a wide variety of types of piercing jewellery that you can choose from. Here are just a few that are available!
- Earrings – earrings are the most common form of piercing jewellery. A significant percentage of the population have their ear lobes pierced and, consequently, this tends to be the most widely available piercing jewellery with the widest range of designs. You can get precious stone earrings (such as diamonds), you can get pearl earrings, you can get plastic earrings, novelty earrings, plain studs, hoops, dangling earrings and more!
- Nose jewellery – nose rings are an increasingly popular type of piercing and tend to see the nostril pierced. There are a number of types of jewellery for this area of the body, but most people tend to opt for a stud or a hoop. These can be made from a variety of metals and may even have decorative stones.
- Septum jewellery – septum rings are a type of nose ring, but these are designed to go through your septum, the dividing piece of cartilage in the centre of your nostrils. There are a variety of shapes of septum rings. Some people prefer a horseshoe ring, as this can easily be turned up inside the nose quickly and easily, as and when necessary. Some people like segment rings that stay in place but have a seamless finish. Clicker rings are a simpler alternative to segment rings when it comes to removal. Some people like decorative septum rings that can take on more alternative shapes and may have gems or other stones.
- Belly Button jewellery – belly button bars are for the belly button. They can have stones in the bottom, dangly pieces of jewellery or anything else you’re looking for! This is a really versatile piece of jewellery.
A watch is perhaps one of the most functional and practical accessories you can invest in. Sure, now you might be able to get the time up on your smartphone and laptop as and when you please, but back in the day, wearing a watch was one of the only ways to determine the time without having to find a clock mounted in public. But this doesn’t mean that a watch is a worthless investment nowadays. Watches are still integral to time telling in some social situations. For example, if you’re in a meeting or other formal situation and need to check the time, it could seem rude or unprofessional to pull your phone out. However, a quick glimpse at a watch would be completely socially acceptable.
Alternatively, you might want to check the time part way through a conversation without the other person thinking that you’re messaging or focused on someone else. Another situation where watches are practically useful is if your phone is tucked away in your bag or elsewhere and you simply can’t be bothered to get it out. On top of all of this, the watch has become a fashion accessory in its own right! There are so many designers, styles and specialist watches that there’s bound to be something that suits your tastes. Whether that’s a Rolex or a watch that will track your steps each day!
Glasses tend to be a pretty practical accessory too! The vast majority of people who wear glasses are people who need glasses in order to correct their vision. Prescription lenses can be easily fitted into glasses frames, allowing people to see more clearly – whether they’re long sighted or short sighted. Now, there are countless types of glasses that you might want to consider. They can be subtle or they can be a signature piece that helps you to stand out from the crowd. Some common coloured frames include metal frames, tortoiseshell frames or black frames. However, bolder colours like reds, pinks, whites, oranges and more can also be found on the market.
When buying glasses, it’s a good idea to buy from a specialist like this website. Specialists will be able to fit prescription lenses into your frames and have alternative additions, such as glare free lenses, bifocal lenses, polarised lenses and more. You can also consider different lens and frame shapes. The most common tend to be round, square and cat eye but there are a whole variety out there! When you do buy glasses, make sure to have a glasses case and glasses wipes. This will help to keep them in the best condition possible!
Often paired hand in hand with glasses come sunglasses. Now, sunglasses don’t always tend to be prescription. They are something that the majority of us wear when the sun is out or when we’re in brighter environments. Now, sunglasses can do much more than simply prevent bright sunlight from getting into your eyes. They can also – as long as they’re fitted with UV lenses – protect your eyes from potentially damaging or harmful UV rays. Plus, they can look great and serve as an ideal fashion accessory. So, what should you choose when it comes to finding the right sunglasses to meet your individual needs and preferences?
Well, first, like when buying standard glasses, you need to choose a shape. There are, like standard glasses, countless sunglasses shapes. Common shapes include round, cat eye, aviator and more. Next, find different styles and patterns. Sunglasses come in countless colours, patterns and prints. Finally, check that they will fit. Many will have different measurements, so double check that you choose the right frame.
If you have hair that’s long enough to use hair accessories, there are a wide range of options open to you. Some to consider investing in include:
- Scrunchies – scrunchies are back with a vengeance. This 90s classic, staple piece is working its way back into many of our accessory draws – and we’re glad! Scrunchies are a fun way to tie your hair up. Not only are they a little kinder on your hair, as they don’t have to be tied so tightly, but they’re big enough to feature noticeable colours, designs and patterns!
- Barrettes – barrettes are a traditional hair accessory that allow you to draw the front part of your hair back and clip it to the back of your head. They’re ideal for a half up, half down do.
- Slides – hair slides are also making a comeback from the nineties. These allow you to draw back small sections of hair away from your face, creating cute and distinct styles.
We couldn’t list accessories without featuring bags. Again, this accessory category is huge and farfetched. From bum bags (popular with dog walkers and people travelling due to their convenience) to rucksacks (which are popular with those who have a lot to carry) to designer handbags (popular with those looking to make a statement with their bag), the world is your oyster when it comes to bag shopping. To find the bag that will best suit you, you need to take your needs into account. Then you can settle on a style of bag and then you can browse your options!
Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list of accessories. There are even more categories and options out there! But hopefully, this list has helped to get you off to the best start possible!
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