Accessories make "the look". That's what they say anyway, but let's be honest, very few people are naturally at good putting them all together. And I'm definitely not one of those people. While I feel like I have a good understanding of how it all works, I am actually so afraid of accessories that I typically don the 'barren' look rather than risk the 'overdone' look. But for photos, you want to make sure you do it right. Avoid barren, avoid overdone. Simple, yet completely put together.
So ladies and gents (yes, men, this applies to you too!), here are some styling ideas.
Add a watch. For women, an oversized gold piece is always a classic, timeless look -- I love this Michael Kors watch from Sentrik (pictured above). I'm also a big fan of this rugged leather Burberry watch for men. It adds a little grit to his look, while still remaining polished. And the best part? Both pieces can be worn over and over with almost every outfit you own. So, get one. Like, now.
Patterned socks. They're the cool thing right now. Guys, roll up your chinos a bit and let us catch a little glimpse of the sock. Pair them with chukkas or a boot. Or wear them under a fitted suit. They're punchy and fun.
Belts. Guys, it doesn't have to be an exact match, but do make sure the color of your belt compliments the shoe. Be sure to pick a belt that fills the loops of your pants. Girls, there are SO many options. Leopard, skinny, leather, corset, studded, equestrian, belts with bows, belts with beading -- pick one! I always seem to find a new favorite here. Just be sure to look in the mirror with & without the belt and ask yourself if it enhances the outfit or distracts. When in doubt, leave it out.
Shoes. I love J.Crew & Nordstrom for both men & women. Again, there are limitless options. Girl, I'm all for a sassy pair of shoes, however, be aware that there may be a lot of walking during our session, and while I'm an advocate of suffering for fashion, this might not be the best time to do it. Maybe try a cute flat, wedge, or (my favorite!) a boot.
Jewelry. Don't be afraid to mix. Silvers & golds. Crystals & metals. Leather & wood. Right now, I'm loving piles of bracelets -- layer on those bangles, cuffs, and friendship bracelets. Add texture. However, with jewelry, it's best to choose only one focus or statement piece. Go light on the rest. It's easy to overdo, and please. don't. overdo.
While all these ideas can be helpful, I think the most important rule is to be you. Take my guidance with a grain of salt. Trust your own instinct. Rules are meant to be broken. Your style will be the best telltale of who you really are.