You do not have to be a famous fashion designer to embrace one of the few universal truths about fashion: accessories matter. If you think of the outfit as your canvas, then accessories are your paint. Good accessories can solve many problems and they have the magical power to transform any outfit from functional to fabulous, from the mundane to the marvelous. And the wonderful irony is that the price is usually very affordable. Here are 8 fashion accessories that can make your outfit look chic, without the cost that comes with it.
Large or small, floppy or stiff, hats are timeless accessories that add flare to any outfit. From basic black and white, to brighter colours like red and pink, hats can not only make or break an outfit, but also exude a sense of confidence and effortless style. Fashion icons like Jackie Onassis and have proven that a good hat can evoke elegance and style. From thrift stores to department stores and boutiques, hats can be found to suit every budget.
Scarves are the swiss army knives of accessories. Although their primary purpose is to keep one warm, they can be made to suit a multitude of functions and styles. The options are endless: wollen, wide, loose, tight, long, short, coloured, patterned! And then there are the knot options, from the classic one-shouldered crossover to the more sophisticated European knots. From early Fall to late Spring, the scarf is a perfect, multi-functional, affordable accessory for any outfit.
It may seem obvious, but just the right amount of bling can spruce up anything. And contrary to popular belief, attractive, stylish jewellery does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Whether a ring, a bracelet, or a necklace, funky and affordable jewellery can be found at more and more stores, from the malls to the streets to your computer. The key, however, is subtlety and moderation. No need for five rings when one cool ring can make all the difference.
Sure, we would all love to roll out with a Rolex, but for most of us that is not an option. But that does not mean we can’t find a cool watch to style up our look. Silver and gold watches can add elegance, while more colourful, modern styles can add some subtle funk and fabulousness to any look. And like all good accessories, watches can be found everywhere at every price.
Call them what you like – purse, handbag, clutch, murse – one of the best ways to make an outfit pop is with the right bag. Whether by colour or design, bags can bring a sense of pizzazz to any ensemble. And because they are so ubiquitous, quality bags and purses can be found cheaply, whether you are out shopping at a boutique like Rebecca Bree, or browsing from the comfort of your home.
Not every outfit needs a belt, but many outfits can be transformed using one. Need to transform a baggy, formless dress into something elegant and shaped? A belt will do the trick. Fat or skinny, plain or decorated, there is an affordable belt for every occasion.
Although technically a part of your body, your hair (and hair style) can sometimes be the difference between meh and marvelous. According to fashion maven, Heidi Klum, the best accessories for making your hair sing is also the cheapest: the infamous hair clip. Since they come in every shape, size, and colour, the only thing you need is your imagination.
Despite their functionality, glasses do not have to be boring. They can easily double as a fashion accessory with the myriad of styles and colours out there. And while some designer glasses can cost more than an entire outfit, cheaper ones are becoming easier to find. And the best part about funking up your outfit with glasses? You don’t even need a prescription.
So while Vancouver has a reputation for some wallet-sucking fashion items, there are many exceptions to the rule, And accessories are a good place to start. We are all guilty of the odd fashion faux pas, but with a little creativity and the right accessories, you can go from faux pas to fabulous pretty damn quick.