People are addressed the way they appear and you ‘looks’ improves your level of confidence. One might not have the opportunity to make a good first impression but your appearance should be able to do so from a distance. People look at your shoes, wrist watch and takes a view on the type / caliber of person you are in the first 3 seconds that you meet – if that is how much time you get to make a good impression, there is therefore a lot of reason to work hard on your accessories for that favorable / positive impression you want give.

What are Accessories in fashion?

An accessory can be said to be anything you wear or carry, other than your clothes.

Famous fashion designer Oscar De la Renta said: “A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories”. The importance of accessories cannot be better summed up than this, and it is true for both men and women. Accessories aim to enhance the effect of clothes you wear – whether they succeed or not depends on your sense of style / carriage and the trend in fashion at that particular time / context.

Here is a list of 30 main accessories you need to own:

Anklets – An anklet is an ornament worn around an ankle. Also called ankle chain, ankle bracelet or ankle string. This is not a universally popular accessory but there are many countries in the world where anklets are very popular. Some people like to wear the anklet loose so that it hangs way below the ankle but some like to wear it tighter around the ankle.


Belts – A belt is an accessory you wear around your waist; it helps to tighten the waistband of the garment you are wearing along with it and keep it in place, almost holding it up. Here is a post outlining the20 different types of belts you can have in your disposal if you choose to use this accessory.


Bangles and Bracelets – Bangles and Bracelets are fashion accessories worn around the wrist. The difference between a bangle and a bracelet is that a bangle is more rigid than a bracelet and is more circular in shape. You can also count bands around the wrist like friendship bands.


Brooches and Pins – Brooches and pins are traditionally used as fastenings, holding folds of fabric together. Brooches are decorative pins. Pins when attached with an ornament on top it becomes a brooch. Brooches can also be worn as a decorative accessory. A boutonnière is a spray of flowers worn on the lapel of a suit with a pin.


Cuff Links and Studs – Cufflinks and studs are accessories that are used to secure the cuffs of dress shirts – they fasten the buttonholes on both sides of the shirt cuff. It is worn by both men and women along with dress shirts (with formal wear especially tuxedo shirts).


Earrings – An earring is a fashion accessory worn on the earlobe, usually through an ear piercing.


Eyeglasses – Also called Spectacles, Eyeglasses are the most common type of eyewear worn to correct eye vision problems – it consists of a frame that holds two pieces of glass or plastic. Other than its functional use, it also serves as an accessory that decorates a face. If you go to a shop you will find thousands of different types of frames for your glasses. As something that covers a major part of your face, attending to the choice of this accessory with a little more deliberation makes style sense.

A lady wearing spectacles

Gloves – A glove is an accessory used to cover the hand, fully or partially – it has the purpose of protecting the hand from contamination injury cold, etc. In wedding attire (and other ceremonies) gloves serve a very decorative purpose.


Handbags – If you ask a woman to choose her number one accessory her bag would come on top or at least among the top three. There are so many different types of bags – here is a post counting 30 of the different kinds of bags – and so many variations of these types, it is mind-boggling.


Headdresses and head wraps – headdress is a covering for the head. This is an accessory that may have religious or cultural meanings like a Turban for Indians, Keffiyeh for Arab men, Hijab for Muslim women, Gele for Nigerian women.

A lady on a head wrap.

Follow up in our next edition as we unleash the remaining list of accessories you need to own to rock your fashion world!!!



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