With so many choices out there, translating self-expression into fashion isn't always easy. Picking out clothing is one thing, but choosing accessories is an entirely separate process that can make or break an outfit. With the right techniques, you can use accessories to develop your personal sense of style.
Look for Inspiration
Browse fashion magazines and websites for inspiration from your favorite celebrities. Use the web to your advantage and search for photos featuring those celebrities in both casual and formal outfits. Don't forget to check out fashion blogs, as they're a great source for styling tips from "real people".
Find Your Trademark Accessory
Make every outfit your own with a trademark fashion piece. It can be anything from your favorite necklace to that adorable knitted beret. And if you like to switch things up? Choose a type of accessory, instead of a single item.
Take a tip from Leighton Meester's Gossip Girl character, Blair Waldorf. Her signature style features feminine statement headbands, allowing her to instantly personalize any outfit.
Pick and Choose Trends
While the Style sections at About.com are all about keeping you up-to-date with the hottest trends, this doesn’t mean you have to follow each and every one. Instead, take on the trends that call out to you the most. This is a foolproof way to update your wardrobe without sacrificing your individual taste.
It’s also important to remember that taking a personal spin on a few trends is more stylish than wearing the latest trends from head to toe. Choosing one or two trends will be just enough to keep your look fresh and updated.
This is the number one rule of fashion. It goes without saying heads won’t turn when someone does something normal. While you don’t have to wear crazy outfits, don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Try something a little different, whether it’s switching out the dainty bracelet for a wrist full of bangles, or wearing a new combination of accessories. The beauty of fashion is that you can experiment as much -- or as little -- as you want.
Developing your style is all about building upon the style you’re currently used to. Take a chance every now and then, and watch your style grow.