About a year ago the New York Times reported how the accessory market has become the only way to make money in the fashion industry and how this sector is earning relatively more revenue and growing more than the apparel market. This got very clearly reflected in the behaviour of the entrepreneurs of the fashion market. Elle decided to launch its accessory line, Victoria Beckham went ahead to launch her new eye wear line and so on. In 2011, Project Runway also saw how the accessories are trending fast and created Project Accessory. Earlier, fashion design students wished for a career like Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors but now their role models are leading accessory designers like Pamela Love and Brian Atwood. But what has made the tables turn? Why this sudden hype about the accessories? There are many reasons why this happened. With the fluctuations in the economy, the income changed; but the need to look presentable didn’t. Hence, the accessories came to the rescue. Accessories are what make an outfit complete. Team up your plain- Jane outfit with different accessories and you can get completely different looks for different occasions. Accessories are to an outfit what adjectives are to a sentence- they make it look beautiful and interesting. The cherry on the cake is that the accessories are cheaper than clothes! So if you are planning to change your look, you don’t need to buy a lot of clothes, just experiment with accessories! Apart from this, the kind of accessories someone is donning can tell you a lot about that individual`s personality. The accessories are versatile, like the protagonist of any movie! With accessories performing so many functions, no wonder girls love to have them! Following is the list of the most desirable ones:
10) Head gear:
Head gear might include hair bands, clips and hats. In fact, hair themselves are a kind of accessory and different hairstyles give you different looks. Hair bands and clips can add beauty to your hair styles. On the other hand, when you are having a bad hair day or you just want to protect your hair from the scorching Sun, a nice hat can always save you and make you look trendy. A hat can add the element of mystery to your outfit. Hats have become a style statement after the wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William. In short, hats are hot!
You might have seen people (or even at times, yourself) taking time to search for a matching belt. Apart from keeping your trousers and jeans at place, an appropriate belt can add another dimension to your outfit, a good one. It doesn’t necessarily have to be matching to your shoes or bag. A sleek belt around your dress or a chunky-funky one to go with your regular shirt and jeans can improve the way your outfit looks, or the way you look in your outfit!
8) Wrist wears:
With so many bollywood songs describing the wrists of the actresses and their wrist wears, I don’t think I need to list those dangling bangles, bright bracelets and the wrist watches. Though glass bangles might be becoming obsolete, you may see the metallic ones still in trend. Bangles are both traditional as well as trendy, and I guess India is the birth place of this accessory. Bracelets are evergreen, though the designs might have changed over time. They come in a variety of designs, shapes and are made of different materials. Apart from ornamental purpose, different bracelets have different purposes. You can see everyone wearing friendship bracelets during the friendship week. People also wear bracelets to show support for some cause. Some bracelets also claim to have positive effects on the physical and mental health of a person. Even watches for women sometimes look more like elegant bracelets and do more than just helping you keep up with time, they help keep you up with style, too.
The neck pieces probably have been in existence since the Stone Age. Necklaces, pendants, lockets are being worn by both men and women since a very long time. (Proves that we had fashionable ancestors!). There are different types of necklaces according to their length like choker, princess, matinee, opera necklaces etc. Necklaces are categorised on the basis of their shape too. The pearl necklace is the all time classic and adds elegance to your outfit. Necklaces also signify tradition as well as trend. People can be seen wearing religious lockets and pendants all around the globe. So, I guess necklaces are all time wonders!
6) Eye wear:
If you wear vision correcting spectacles it is important that it complements you well because you are going to wear it every day. It is all a game of frames and luckily there is a wide range of frames that you can choose from. Also, sunglasses are totally in vogue (provided you don’t wear them indoors). They protect you from Sun and make you look stylish. The easiest way to go glam!
Scarves are another trend setters these days. Though they are worn in winters for warmth, they spruce up the outfit, irrespective of the weather. What’s more, they can double up as belts too. The best thing is, which goes for almost all the accessories, is that one size fits all. You can combine them with almost all the outfits. Scarves and stoles can make your bland look interesting and are real show stoppers.
4) Finger Rings or Rings:
Rings also serve many purposes. Some wear stone studded rings because some astrologer suggested them to do so, some wear it for luck, some have their initials engraved on their ring, some wear it for the sake of a memory and some wear it because they enhance the beauty of their hands. You might also have day dreamed of buying yourself a solitaire diamond ring, didn’t you? Traditionally made of metal, but can be of various other materials. Rings also signify a lot of things and there are rings for varied occasions – from wedding ring to mourning ring, cocktail rings to sports rings! Rings also have a long past, and they have not gone out of fashion!
Because of the close proximity of the ears to your face, after the eye wear the earrings are the most noticeable accessories and also they affect your appearance. Changing your earrings can completely change the way you look. Like all accessories, these come in various designs ad are made up of different kinds of material. The earrings range from studs to dangles, from plain rings to fancy jhumkas. The sparkling earrings add spark to your appearance too!
2) Wallets/ Purses/ Bags:
Wallets, purses and bags are also very much sought after. Girls love handbags because apart from acting as an accessory, they act as storage too – they can keep all that they need to carry for the day in their bags and at the same time look trendy! Wallets, clutches, purses, bags- they are versatile accessories!
Okay, I’ll do the crime of classifying footwear as accessories, though I know they are not something additional, something you can do without; but an absolutely necessary part of a person`s wardrobe. Marilyn Monroe rightly said – “ Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. “ There are many celebrities who have a fetish for shoes and I can completely understand their sentiments behind it. Choosing the right pair of shoes that fits well and is comfortable is very important. Footwear ranges from shoes to heels, wedges to pumps, sport shoes to flip flops – in every style, for every occasion. With the shoes you love, you feel active as a deer and feel confident enough to conquer the world (Well, this is what some advertisements for footwear claim!).
Above all, smile is the best accessory that you can wear! Wear it often!