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When you have the right accessories, it’s easy to change up your wardrobe, even if you only have a few basic pieces. From baby-belly to carpools, you’re always looking for clothes that fit, while on the go. Whether you’re wearing faded jeans, a skirt, or plain black trousers and a white jersey, simple accessories can bridge the gap. The following are a few simple ways to look smashing!

Practical Drama

Adding a little drama doesn’t have to take away from practicality. Blue jeans, a cream coloured t-shirt and trainers may be your go-to style. Yet, when you tie a patterned scarf around your hair, you can go from drab to fabulous in seconds, especially when you add gorgeous earrings, charm bracelets, or a beautiful diamond necklace from Michael Hill. While you may want to forego bulky necklaces and pendants, bright colourful tunics, polished oversized totes and flowing skirts offer some great ways to combine drama with comfort.

Leaving Sensibility at Home

Keep in mind that accessories are designed to enhance your style so that you can stay true to yourself. Just because you’re a mum, doesn’t mean that you have to forego the fun. If you’re able to get out for an evening, every wardrobe needs a pair of  neon pumps or peek-toe heels. Add some fabulous jewellery to your accessorizing 101 strategies, and you’ll be ready for a little adventure.

Throw out the Rules

Gone are the days when the colour of your shoes has to match your handbag. Not only is the look passé, it’s often impractical. More importantly, strive for balance. If your outfit tends to be busy, carry a basic handbag and wear neutral shoes. On the other hand, if you are wearing neutral tones, play with colour. Add a colour-blocked bag, suede boots and go bold with accessories.

Layering Rings and Bracelets 

Layered rings, necklaces and bracelets, are in style. So, layer on the look. A simple rule for success is to wear one statement piece (say a watch or a necklace). Then, add other jewellery to build on the effect. Rings look terrific when stacked on one or two fingers, or layer them sideways across your hand. Layering scarves, skinny belts and charms also adds interest without going overboard.

Hair Styles and Makeup 

When you’re on the go, styling your hair offers a great way to accessorize. A thick headband will hold your hair back. Hats and hair clips are simple yet attractive. As you begin the new season, take your wardrobe from drab to fab by playing with accessories; add colour, texture, highlights… and a touch of glamour. Just keep in mind that you want to enhance your look, not overdo it. The right hair accessories, combined with a French braid or ballet bun can give your look a lift without any fuss.

Accessories 101

Adding just the right accessories is the best way to change-up your style. Affordable stacked jewellery, bright colours, mixing and matching… as a busy mum, it’s about finding what works for you. Most importantly, you’ll make the grade by changing up your accessories and having a little fun.

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