Accessorizing your favorite outfits

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Updated: 4/16/2007 4:43 pm
The clever use of accessories can lend many different looks to a few basic outfits. One tip is to choose shoes, a scarf or tie, a belt, and jewelry in matching or complementary tones, then pair them up in unique ways. For example, if you always reach for the same black belt and bag to go with gray clothes, try accenting with red, pink, or lavender instead. Scarves can add a dash of color to an otherwise monochromatic outfit. Shoes are another quick way to change up your look. For example, chunky boots and opaque tights give a skirt a very different feel than when it's worn with sheer hose and heels. Accessorizing can also help you adapt to seasonal change or go from work to play. Choose accessories of different texture and weight as the season changes, using materials like patent leather and straw for spring and summer, and velvet or suede for winter. To make the transition from office wear to after-hours, replace classic, understated jewelry, and plain belts with something flashier or more casual. Slip off those pumps or dress shoes and step into platforms, loafers, or even cowboy boots.
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