Choosing the right accessories

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In the 1980s, Madonna was the queen of accessories
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Choosing the right accessories depends on your personal fashion preferences

When dressing, think about accessorizing the outfit. An accessory is something added that makes the ensemble more attractive. Choosing the right accessories depends on many factors including the outfit, what you are going to be doing in the outfit and what your personal preferences are.

Some people go hog wild with their appurtenances, while others believe less is more.There is no wrong or right way do to it. Follow your gut instinct.

In the 1980s, songstress Madonna was the queen of add-ons. She was the grand dame of messy chick and her legion of fans followed suit. She piled on bracelets and necklaces, favoring crosses and religious symbols. She loved long, dangling earrings, lacy gloves, big hair bows and layered clothing. Yes, she was over-the-top but she did it well.

Thirty years later, add-ons are still in vogue and always will be. Something as cool and unexpected as a metallic ponytail holder, because you know your hair is going to end up pulled back before the long work day ends, makes a bold statement, adding flair to an otherwise unglamorous hairstyle.

Other great fashion accessories to incorporate into your wardrobe include ...

... Stacked bracelets that are as fashionable now as they were in Madonna's hey dey. Pile them on, mix and match.

Spice up a basic black skirt and sweater with tie-dye like leggings that allow you to extend the wear of your short skirts into the cool weather season. Leggings/tights keep legs warm.

A top ornament making you look glam but performing a vital function (protecting your eyes), the classic retro pair of shades. Jackie Kennedy Onassis certainly knew the value and power of a fabulous pair of sunglasses. Eyes need protection from the sun year-round. Invest in a good pair.

Another multipurpose accessory: The scarf. It looks good while keeping the wearer cozy. Wrap a leopard print scarf around your neck or throw a pashmina over your shoulders.

The purse, like sunglasses, albeit essential can also look good while performing a service. Most women would rather be water-boarded than venture forth without their purse. Pick one that suits your needs and personality. If you are the funky type, select a boho slouch bag. Go big, go small.

Hats are a functional add on but often worn just for the heck of it because they look good. Prevent ears from freezing and hair from getting wet. Put on a hat. A cute one!

Perfume is the ideal invisible accoutrement. There is something utterly intoxicating about walking past someone and getting a whiff of a delicious fragrance. This affords an opportunity to strike up a conversation: You smell great! What is your scent?

Shoes. Many would argue they are the perfect accessory. Of course, they are necessary as well. The right boot --- ankle length, knee high, over the knee --- transforms an outfit and ups the WOW factor.

Sparkly stilettos are just right for the holiday season and weddings. Get the perfect shoes for the gym. The shoes must be comfortable and supportive but they can also be pretty and colorful.

Western boots featuring intricate designs are worn with just about anything. Add a turquoise bedazzled belt and you are definitely making a statement. Any belt is a wonderful and easy way to spice up the wardrobe.

And then there are those little extras no one is privy to unless you want them to be. Lacey bras and underpants, delicate camisoles and functional yet pretty shape wear. These items should be part and parcel of your daily wardrobe. You are going to feel better knowing your foundation garments are gorgeous and look better because of the shape wear.

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