It is when we wear something different that we feel adventurous and particularly fashionable. Accessories can be used to dress down or dress up an outfit. Precious metals, stones, and crystals can give you a smidge of elegance. Chunky beads, crystals, knots, and leather bows make your formal outfit a bit more fun.
Most important of all, most accessories are worn from the neck up. The accessories frame and highlight our face, which is inarguably our best and most beloved feature. Why else does the make-up industry stay strong through the decades?
There are no rules, but there are flattering and less-flattering styles for each one of us.
Match slim Alice bands to broader foreheads or round face shapes. Place it about an inch away from your hairline to add some length to your face. Be sure not to sweep hair back as if you are about to get ready for bed. Slide the hair band onto your head without flattening the fringe or layering of hair that adds volume to your crown and temple area.
Wider bands would make a small face appear larger. You always see Paris Hilton wearing scarf-style headbands as they flatter her angular face.
The style that would flatter you most depends on your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline.
- The classic and versatile oval face has a tapered forehead and chin which will allow most styles to be worn.
- Oblong faces have a narrow forehead, cheek, and chin. To create an optical illusion of broadness in your face, choose large, round-cornered glasses with big frames.
- Square faces would be softened by ovals and rounded aviator styles.
- Heart shaped faces need to downplay their broad foreheads and prominent cheekbones. Thin frames that don't reach the brow line will not draw the eye to the forehead.
- Round faces can wear top-heavy, rectangular, and narrow frames to draw the eye upward and add the illusion of length to the face.
Earrings dangle near and around your jaw. According to your face shape, your earrings should either enhance or slim your cheeks and chin.
- Round faces would look best with long, dangling eardrops or large ovals to add length to their face.
- Heart shaped faces would look best with teardrop, oval shaped, or chandelier earrings that flare at the bottom (upside-down triangle) to add width to their tapered chins.
- Square faces would look best with long, drop earrings and angular earrings with rounded corners.
- Lean faces would look best with square earrings and circular designs that would add width to their cheeks.
- Oval faces can wear most styles of earrings, except very long ones that would make their face look longer.
The same principles apply to neckwear as accessories. Round faces would look longer with necklaces that plunge in a deep V or U. A square jaw can be softened by a loosely-tied scarf. A tapered chin can be shortened by a short, chunky necklace resting just below the throat.
The universal test for bracelets is that while fastened around your wrist you should still be able to slip two fingers between your wrist and the bracelet. Other than this, other particulars depend on your bone structure.
- If your wrist and hand look bony and long, soften it with circular shapes in your watch or bracelets. You can also wear lots of thin bracelets to match your delicate looking hands.
- If your wrist and hand are wide, choose bracelets and watch bands of medium thickness. Very thin or very wide ones would make your hands wider.
- For wrists and hands in a happy medium, any style is a go.
The key is to keep to your hands proportioned. You either enhance or slim down as you would with earrings. Large rings would overwhelm shorter fingers. Small fingers should wear small rings. Pinkie rings would make a narrow hand look a bit wider. Long fingers would be flattered by rings with pronged settings where the stone is raised above the ring. Wider fingers would do better with bezel settings where the stone is laid flat.
Pile them on!
If you have two ear holes, layering earrings can be stunning.
- Wear a necklace under your loosely tied scarf or put a chunkier piece over a delicate chain. You could also make a choker look like it has a dangling pendant.
- Turn bracelets into cuffs.
- Mix and match slim rings on a single finger.
As long as they feature rather than obscure our best features, fashion accessories are super fun to play with and can be a great adventure.
By Justin K Seber
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