Our amazing Guest-Blogger, Kayla is back with more advise as we head into the very end of Senior Portrait Season and the beginning of Family Portraits! Tons of great advise below - don't miss it!
Hello ladies! Time to talk about ACCESSORIES (if you’re at all like me, they’re one of your biggest weaknesses). Accessories include shoes, scarves, hats, belts, jewelry, and basically anything else that adds a little pizzazz to an outfit.
Let’s start with the feet and work our way up!
Wedges are one of my favorite shoes to wear in the summer and fall (they are basically high heeled sandals). Wedges go great with any outfit, and I personally love them because of the fact that they are high heeled. High heels are AWESOME because they elongate your legs, and tend to help you stand straighter! While high heels can be worn during all the seasons, wedges give a more summery feel (side note: don’t worry about being too tall for high heels, embrace your height! I’m 5’8’’ and I still wear them.). Also, boots are a must have fall and winter! Not only are they warm and comfortable, but they are also very stylish (win, win!). Boots are also great because they usually come in neutral colors, which mean they go with almost anything! I have found that a nice pair of boots can polish up any fall/winter outfit!
You’ve got to love belts, they are both functional and stylish (another win, win!). Besides their obvious job of keeping the pants up, they can also add a little extra to an outfit! I love wearing belts when I have a shirt that needs to be tucked in, or a shirt that isn’t long enough to go past the belt loops. Belts can really tie an outfit together, so if you feel like your outfit is missing something, try throwing on a belt!
Coming from a girl that has a whole section just for scarves in her closet, you can never have too many of them! Scarves are SO fun, and are very trendy in the fall and winter (not to mention they keep your neck warm without having to wear a turtleneck). Scarves add a lot to an outfit, which is why they’re so fun! My favorite type is called the infinity scarf (which is basically a scarf with the two ends connected, they look like a circle or a loop). These are my favorite because they’re easy to wear (just wrap it around your neck twice), and because you don’t have loose ends to worry about like a regular scarf. Scarves can make an awesome fashion statement; however, keep in mind that scarves work the same way as all your other pieces of clothing do. Try not to mix patterns with patterns! If you have a patterned top, pair it with a solid scarf, and vise versa.
There are many different types of jewelry, therefore many different options in wearing it! When wearing jewelry try to have it compliment the outfit you are wearing. Although there are always exceptions, warmer colors tend to go well with gold, and cooler colors may look best with silver. Also, as a general rule, wear gold and silver separately. For example, wear a silver necklace with silver earrings, rather than a silver necklace with gold earrings. Just like clothing can show your personality, jewelry can as well, so make it your own! I have found that ordinary things around the house can make adorable necklaces if you put a chain through them (such as an old key, a ring that no longer fits, or a charm off of a broken bracelet). Also, mixing and matching different sized chains with different necklaces can be helpful. If you feel that a long necklace doesn’t go well with the top you are wearing, try swapping the long chain with a shorter one, or vice versa. Just remember, as with everything else, that jewelry can be overdone. Especially when getting your pictures taken, you don’t want your jewelry to distract from YOU. Try to stick with only one bold or “statement” piece!
-Kayla, Guest Fashion Contributor
Class of 2015 Senior Model NPDP