We all know that half of your outfit lies in your accessories and shoes. You can turn a boring outfit into a showstopper if you have the right pieces at hand. It's not enough to buy a new belt or earrings; the true art of accessorizing lies, not only in choosing the items, but also in knowing what to put them with, to achieve the most stunning effect.
Deep rounded necklines, or scoops, are a beautiful accent for a shorter necklace as they help accent a little cleavage; this is in different from a long chain that looks good coupled with a collared shirt. Halter-tops are a favourite way for many to bare some skin, without feeling as if they're showing it all. To create the look of innocence, veer away from necklaces and leave that chest bare. Instead, draw attention to your neck and those beautiful bare shoulders with a pair of statement-making earrings.
Belts have always been around and changing with the times. A classic and still-chic method of drawing attention, not only to a simple outfit, but a great figure as well, is to take your classic little black dress and accent it with a long, dangly belt (believe it or not, this also works on a classic jeans and tee shirt look, as well). Drawing the eyes to a curvy form, this look is sure to please. But you're wondering what the hottest new fall feminine look is? Try cinching a thin belt at the waist of a fitted cardigan. Soft and stylish, a cardigan will look especially nice with the gleam of a metallic belt, adding a glamorous twist to the ultimate in casual comfort.
Moving on down the body, shoes what I call ‘the key’. If you are wearing rolled up jeans or Capri-styled pants, pair them with carefree ballet flats. Love stiletto heels? You’re not alone. For many, they are the ultimate; when it comes to sex appeal. Try matching your round-toed skinny stiletto heels with a form-fitting dress or a knee-length pencil skirt. I am not a fan, however of ultra-short skirts because you come off as cheap! You could dress up your casual look by adding stilettos to taper-legged blue jeans; not only is this in fashion right now, but they make the legs look even more slender and longer.
When accessorizing, remember to keep it simple, chic and glamorous. Metallics always add a little shine to your look and be sure to have fun mixing and matching; try mixing various textures and experimenting. Kigali is not the easiest place to shop for accessories but let’s work with what wee have, after all, fashion should be, above all else, fun!