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White dress: A crisp, white, sheer mesh tulle skater dress with 3-D appliqués embellishment is given the full glam treatment with layered antique crystal necklaces, teardrop earrings and embellished cuffs. The look is given a modern twist with a metal-faced belt.
Denim genie pants in an acidwash finish are paired with a basic round-neck white T-shirt glammed up with layered antique necklaces with neon and pastel stones on a trendy link chain. Layer similar necklaces to make a bigger statement, and tie them together with fresh arm candy in similar colours. A silver boyfriend watch by Michael Kors finishes the look.
A high-low sand-coloured dress is given a tribal treatment with layered textured gold necklaces. One is a bib-style piece, the other, a pendant necklace with cobalt blue accents. Stacked wooden bangles, a straw hat and cork wedges offer design depth to a tribal bohemian-inspired look.
A neon green full mini skirt with layers of tulle paired with vintage neon earrings and vintage-inspired necklace updated with neon stones for a modern look. The black platform pumps anchor the ‘girly’ look.
Accessories dress up a plain cotton shorts romper. The colour choice began with the necklace, where the teal was picked up from the flowers and led to the choice of the other accessories – a chunky gold chain was layered to add more drama. The snakeskin texture in the oversize envelope clutch is mirrored in the platform pumps.
White camisole contrasted with a neon pink statement necklace and small stud earrings. A cuff in a brushed silver finish is worn.
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Natalia Oh, Contributor

The accessories you choose to wear tell a story - they tell your story. If you are a 'girly girl', you may be drawn to bejewelled pieces that give a princess-like look. Are you someone who believes that less is more? If so, you might be drawn to minimalist pieces. And if you are bold and edgy, then you may be drawn to accessories with daring or more punk-rock influences. It doesn't matter what your style is, the right accessory can transform your look from drab to fab in no time.

Accessories are the most effective way to stay on trend without having to spend a fortune. The right accessories can instantly glam up an otherwise casual look of jeans and a T-shirt. Of course, like anything else in fashion, the key is exercising restraint. The other key is to make sure you're comfortable and confident with your selections and have fun!

Harmonising

To achieve an expertly styled look, you need to harmonise your accessories:

Choose similar textures in shoes and bags

Match perceived weight in jewellery (dainty with dainty/chunky with chunky)

Stick to cool or warm tones

Have a repeated element of style or design in pieces

Mixed metals:

The rules for accessorising change periodically. For example, once thought of as a fashion faux pas - mixing silver and gold is now allowed and widely encouraged- referred to as 'mixing metals'. This ensures that the look seems effortless and not over done.

Layering jewellery

The art of layering necklaces takes some practise:

For a minimal effect, layer delicate shorter necklaces with slightly chunkier, longer ones.

For a bold look, layer chunky necklaces that rest right on top of each other, but ensure they have something connecting them.

Arm-candy jewellery:

This is not only for teenagers, but also for the woman who wants a fun way to express her free spirit and adventurous side. Mix colourful stretchy beads with small leather straps, or add a small charm bracelet or crystal stretchy bracelets to give some sparkle. You can hardly go wrong in this category, just have fun!

Credits:

Clothing provided by:

Primrose Couture

Virtual Store

(876) 336-9916

Accessories provided by:

Accessories Your Life

Virtual Store

(876) 881-3123

Shot on location:

Fyah Side

Jerk and Bar

Toll Gate

Clarendon

987-1119

Photography by Marica Mitchell

Creative director, stylist, make-up artist: Natalia Oh! www.nataliaoh.com

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