From Handbags to Heels: 4 Fashion Rules to Enhance Your Accessories


Accessories can make or break an outfit, but there’s a fine line between these two outcomes. Since you spend a lot of time and money finding the perfect clothes, you don’t want to ruin it by clashing your accessories. Although some fashionistas might have the jewelry part down, it can be tough to coordinate an entire look with your handbag as well. For some helpful tips on making these accessory essentials work, check out my four crucial fashion laws for coordinating handbags and jewelry.

1. Choose Versatile Styles

As much as we’d all love to have our own walk-in closet to house hundreds of designer handbags, let’s get real. Most of us have a limited selection of styles to choose from. Because of this harsh reality, you’ll want to make sure your handbags are as versatile as possible. Browns, blacks and whites are always good hues to work with for versatility, while gold accents like studs and other details can make it easy to coordinate your bag with gold jewelry.

2. Customize Your Bags

Handbag scarves are making a comeback for spring 2013, so take advantage of this trend by investing in a collection of colorful scarves to coordinate with any outfit. Pick out some colorful pendant necklaces and bangles to stay on the cutting edge of spring trends, and make sure to tie a matching scarf around your handbag of choice.

3. Go Bold

Even though subtler, more versatile handbag styles are recommended for the bulk of your collection, it’s also important to have a few specialty handbags as well. When you’re feeling like being lazy and throwing on a T-shirt and jeans, you can effortlessly enhance your outfit by rocking a neon handbag with equally bold earrings.

4. Don’t Match

This seems counterintuitive to the fashion laws that have been drilled into your brain since day one, but a matchy-matchy look can sometimes come off as tacky. Instead of matching pink pants with a pink handbag and a pink statement necklace, choose coordinating colors like a turquoise necklace and a white handbag with a turquoise and pink scarf tied around the handle.

Fashion is all about having fun and incorporating your unique tastes and personality into your look. So if you want to break some rules and be yourself, don’t let the fashion police stop you! These tips can help you put together a rockin’ outfit, but don’t be afraid to add your own rules as you go.