How to use accessories to transform your outfit

Original article written for Review Australia by Lauren Grace Harding. This article is republished here with permission from Review Australia. You can view the original article on Review’s website here.

Sometimes we all feel like our outfits could do with a bit of a refresh. So, what’s a girl to do when she wants to update her look, yet also wants to be mindful of her budget? An easy solution is to turn our attention away from clothing and towards the unsung heroes of our wardrobes - accessories!

Sometimes we all feel like our outfits could do with a bit of a refresh. So, what’s a girl to do when she wants to update her look, yet also wants to be mindful of her budget? An easy solution is to turn our attention away from clothing and towards the unsung heroes of our wardrobes – accessories!

Accessories truly are like icing on a cake when it comes to creating a pulled together outfit. They possess the power to transform any outfit and create a different look – even when paired with the same items of clothing. From bags, shoes, hair accessories and jewellery, there’s a vast range of pretty things to choose from. In today’s article we’re going to explore how to use accessories to transform your outfit!

Accessories truly are like icing on a cake when it comes to creating a pulled together outfit. They possess the power to transform any outfit and create a different look - even when paired with the same items of clothing. From bags, shoes, hair accessories and jewellery, there’s a vast range of pretty things to choose from. In today’s article we’re going to explore how to use accessories to transform your outfit!

The right shoes will take you places!

Marilyn Monroe once said “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world”. Shoes, more than any other accessory, truly have the power to make or break an outfit. They are a focal point and, in some cases, may be more important than the clothes you’ve selected. Consider a Review girl in a pretty floral dress… what type of shoes would most likely enhance this look? A pair of heels like Review’s Bethany block heel would be a wonderful choice, as they complement the femininity of the pattern and overall outfit.

Let’s consider another Review girl outfit such as the Suzy stripe top and Button Me Up shorts. This combination is quite relaxed in terms of style. The Luna sneaker or Zabelle ballet flats would work really well with this casual clothing duo. Ponder the type of outfit you’d love to create – if it’s a dressed up look you’re after, then heels or shoes with a touch of sparkle are wonderful choices. Alternatively, if you want to dress down an outfit, flat shoes will be the best choice. No matter which pair of shoes you ultimately decide upon, it’s important to remember that your choice of footwear will transform your outfit!

Marilyn Monroe once said “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world”. Shoes, more than any other accessory, truly have the power to make or break an outfit. They are a focal point and, in some cases, may be more important than the clothes you’ve selected. Consider a Review girl in a pretty floral dress… what type of shoes would most likely enhance this look? A pair of heels like Review’s Bethany block heel would be a wonderful choice, as they complement the femininity of the pattern and overall outfit.

Bringing vintage back

There’s a certain kind of accessory which many of us don’t even consider nowadays, which is a shame, as it certainly adds a charming touch to any outfit. It’s time to bring back the vintage vibes by including a good old-fashioned brooch into our go-to accessory range! A brooch is a sweet addition to any dress, top, blazer or cardigan and works seamlessly with many Review pieces. One of my top picks is the Pussycat brooch which is new in Review’s accessory collection. Ladylike, yet simultaneously playful, it is an eye-catching piece of jewellery which is sure to enhance any outfit.

There’s a certain kind of accessory which many of us don’t even consider nowadays, which is a shame, as it certainly adds a charming touch to any outfit. It’s time to bring back the vintage vibes by including a good old-fashioned brooch into our go-to accessory range! A brooch is a sweet addition to any dress, top, blazer or cardigan and works seamlessly with many Review pieces. One of my top picks is the Pussycat brooch which is new in Review’s accessory collection. Ladylike, yet simultaneously playful, it is an eye-catching piece of jewellery which is sure to enhance any outfit.

Pin up girl

Hairpins are essentially jewellery for our hair and will complement any hairstyle you create! Another often overlooked accessory, they’re the dressed-up version of plain bobby pins and oh so affordable. Whether you want to enhance a top knot or bun, or simply prefer to tuck a few strands away from your face, hairpins are an attractive accessory option. Review have a variety of hair pins available such as the sweet Gem Stone hair pins set of four in pretty pastel shades, which are perfect for spring & summer.

Hairpins are essentially jewellery for our hair and will complement any hairstyle you create! Another often overlooked accessory, they’re the dressed-up version of plain bobby pins and oh so affordable. Whether you want to enhance a top knot or bun, or simply prefer to tuck a few strands away from your face, hairpins are an attractive accessory option. Review have a variety of hair pins available such as the sweet Gem Stone hair pins set of four in pretty pastel shades, which are perfect for spring & summer.

Keep it sweet with a scrunchie

Scrunchies are no longer relegated to the 90’s because they’re certainly having their moment over the last year or two! Review have some lovely scrunchie options which have the added bonus of including a detachable ribbon, in classic prints which match back to current season outfits. This essentially means you are getting two hair accessories for the price of one plus coordinating with your Review dresses! Here I’ve decided to pair the Club Flora scrunchie in this outfit with the My Cup of Tee in Wedgewood and the Club Flora skirt. No matter whether you wish to wear a scrunchie on its own or with the matching ribbon, this sweet hair accessory is an enchanting touch to your look.

Scrunchies are no longer relegated to the 90’s because they’re certainly having their moment over the last year or two! Review have some lovely scrunchie options which have the added bonus of including a detachable ribbon, in classic prints which match back to current season outfits. This essentially means you are getting two hair accessories for the price of one plus coordinating with your Review dresses! Here I’ve decided to pair the Club Flora scrunchie in this outfit with the My Cup of Tee in Wedgewood and the Club Flora skirt. No matter whether you wish to wear a scrunchie on its own or with the matching ribbon, this sweet hair accessory is an enchanting touch to your look.

How do you carry yourself?

An accessory which often commands just as much attention as the clothes we wear, would have to be the handbags we carry. Similar to our choice of footwear, handbags really do have the power to transform any outfit. They’re not only a practical but they also have the ability to reinforce our look or detract from it. If you’re looking to create a feminine outfit, then a timelessly classic option such as a structured top-handle bag like Review’s Lady Luck top handle bag would be a fitting choice.

Similarly, if your focus is more on adding a playful & trend-based accessory to your look, then the Bella Bucket bag is a great choice. It manages to combine two on-trend elements, the bucket shape and croc-effect, into the one accessory! In colours of sage green and blue, you’re sure to find one which will work in seamlessly with your spring wardrobe colour palette.

Similarly, if your focus is more on adding a playful & trend-based accessory to your look, then the Bella Bucket bag is a great choice. It manages to combine two on-trend elements, the bucket shape and croc-effect, into the one accessory! In colours of sage green and blue, you’re sure to find one which will work in seamlessly with your spring wardrobe colour palette.

A crown fit for a Queen

Another classic accessory which certainly adds a touch of feminine flair to any outfit is a headband. Whether you select one which is plain or detailed, a headband will undoubtedly command attention. As it is such a focal point and draws the attention away from your clothes, you can really afford to invest in a few to suit a range of outfits. Review have a variety of headbands to choose from and one of the most charming options is the Pretty as a pearl headband. Pearls are always appropriate and this sweet one will complement most dresses, especially the If Only You Knew dress in pink.

Another classic accessory which certainly adds a touch of feminine flair to any outfit is a headband. Whether you select one which is plain or detailed, a headband will undoubtedly command attention. As it is such a focal point and draws the attention away from your clothes, you can really afford to invest in a few to suit a range of outfits. Review have a variety of headbands to choose from and one of the most charming options is the Pretty as a pearl headband. Pearls are always appropriate and this sweet one will complement most dresses, especially the If Only You Knew dress in pink.

Accessories may be considered an afterthought to our clothing, yet they really can help us to solidify our overall look. From drawing attention away from our clothes to our hair through headbands, hair pins, ribbons or scrunchies – they enable us to re-wear outfits with the focal point being on our hairstyle. Drawing attention towards or complementing our clothing choices via handbags, a brooch, or shoes, they assist in reinforcing the look of our outfits.

Accessories are truly such an affordable way to update your look – plus, they allow you to have fun and create new outfits at the same time. Simply adding an accessory or two truly does have the power to transform your outfit! Make sure to check out the current range of sweet accessories from Review and have fun with creating some on-trend outfits for the current seasons ahead.

Accessories may be considered an afterthought to our clothing, yet they really can help us to solidify our overall look. From drawing attention away from our clothes to our hair through headbands, hair pins, ribbons or scrunchies - they enable us to re-wear outfits with the focal point being on our hairstyle. Drawing attention towards or complementing our clothing choices via handbags, a brooch, or shoes, they assist in reinforcing the look of our outfits.
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