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14 Creative Ways to Accessorize Your Outfit

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Looking to add some spice to your outfits? Accessorizing is one of the easiest and most fun ways to make any outfit pop! However, sometimes we get stuck in a rut and reach for the same old jewelry, belts, and scarves. And though there’s nothing wrong with the old faithfuls, there are many creative ways to accessorize beyond the basics and it’d be a shame not to give them a go. So, here you’ll find 14 creative ways to accessorize your outfit and take your style to the next level!

1. Brooch on a Hat

brooch on hat outfit

Accessorizing with a brooch can instantly elevate any outfit, but have you considered wearing a brooch on your hat? This unique accessory placement is a stylish way to add a vintage touch to your look.

First, pick a brooch that complements the colors and style of your hat. Next, place the brooch in an area that makes sense, such as on the side of a beret or on the band of a fedora. This usually works best with hats made from felt, wool, or other textured fabrics.

Though it may be a little glam for your day-to-day, a brooch adds a touch of glamour to an otherwise casual outfit, making it a perfect accessory for events like weddings or garden parties!

Related: 7 Chic Ways to Wear a Brooch (That Aren’t Old-Fashioned)

2. Body Chain Over a Tank Top or Swimsuit

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Body chains can be a unique and creative way to add some interest to a simple tank top or swimsuit. They come in a variety of styles, from delicate and dainty chains to bold and chunky pearls. Not only do they add some bling to your outfit, but they can also highlight your body in a flattering way.

You can wear a simple, single chain draped over your shoulders or around your waist, or go for a more elaborate design with multiple chains and layers. For a casual look, pair a body chain with a basic tank top and denim shorts or jeans. The chain adds some texture and detail to an otherwise simple outfit.

For a dressed-up beach look, wear a body chain over your swimsuit. The chain will highlight your figure and give your beach or pool outfit a glamorous touch!

3. Bag Strap With a Scarf

silk scarf wrapped around basket bag

Add some creative flair to your outfit by replacing your handbag strap with a scarf. This creative accessory will not only elevate your bag but show off your personality as well.

If you don’t want to go and replace your existing strap, simply tie a long scarf around your bag’s existing strap, and voilà, you have a unique and stylish look! Play with different scarf prints and colors to match your outfit or make a statement. You can also switch up the way you tie the scarf to create a different look each time.

Don’t have a scarf long enough? No problem! You can use two scarves tied together to make a longer strap. This unconventional way of accessorizing your bag is sure to elevate your outfit.

4. Silk Scarf Around Your Wrist or Ankle as a Bracelet/Anklet

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Looking for a fun and unique way to accessorize your outfit? Well, of course, you are. You’re reading this post after all! Consider wrapping a silk scarf around your wrist as a bracelet or your ankle as an anklet. This is a great way to make use of scarves you already have in your wardrobe.

To achieve this look, simply fold your silk scarf in half, then wrap it around your wrist or ankle a few times. Tie the ends in a knot or a bow, depending on your preference. On your wrist, you can even mix your scarf with bracelets and bangles for a unique look.

5. Jacket Around Your Waist

linen blazer tied around waist

Though admittedly tying a sweater, cardigan, or jacket around your waist isn’t a new thought, with a few updates, it can become a fashion statement.

For a more elevated look, you can make this look intentional. To achieve this, choose a sweater with unique detailing or patterns, such as stripes or leopard print. This will make the sweater stand out and add some personality to your outfit.

Alternatively, you can choose a sweater or jacket in a different material than your outfit to add texture, such as a cashmere sweater with a slip dress, a linen blazer with a cotton shirt, or a chunky knit sweater with jeans. When you put thought into tying a sweater around your waist, it can act as a belt and therefore, a very practical accessory!

6. Accessorize With Suspenders

suspenders outfit women

Suspenders have long been considered a practical accessory for men, however, they can also be a fun and unexpected accessory for women as well! Though you may be scratching your head wondering how to wear them, there are more options than you think.

You can wear them with high-waisted pants, a button-down, and ballet flats for a masculine meets feminine look. For a casual chic twist, wear them with jeans, a white t-shirt, and heels. Though suspenders don’t really serve a functional purpose for women, they can certainly add a touch of personality to any outfit.

7. Layer Multiple Belts

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Belts aren’t just for holding up your pants. As you know, they can also add a fashionable touch to your outfit. And if you want to try something different, consider layering multiple belts over a blazer or cardigan. Yes, it can work and actually look cool. Here’s how:

  • Choose two or three belts. They can be the exact same or be in different widths and colors. Keep an eye out for belts with unique details, like cool buckles.
  • Start by putting on your first belt as you normally would. Then, loop the second belt around your waist, positioning it higher or lower than the first belt.
  • Repeat with the third belt, if you have one, placing it in between the other two belts or above them.
  • Adjust the belts until they sit comfortably and the details of each belt are visible. You can leave the ends of the belts hanging loose or tuck them in.

Pair your layered belts with a simple outfit, like over a cardigan and plain T-shirt with jeans. Or, wear them over a flowy dress or tunic to cinch in your waist and create a flattering silhouette. You’ve got options!

8. Scarf as a Headband or Hair Tie

ways to accessorize silk scarf in hair

By now, you’ve seen the power and versatility that scarves offer. They’re not just meant for wrapping around your neck or draping over your shoulders; they make great accessories for your hair too!

One of the easiest ways to incorporate a scarf into your hairstyle is by knotting it over your ponytail holder. You can also experiment with different styles by braiding the scarf into your hair or twisting it into a bun.

Alternatively, try using a scarf as a headband. Simply fold the scarf into a thin strip and tie it around your head, making sure to secure it with bobby pins or hair ties if necessary. This is an affordable way to add some flair to your hairstyle without having to invest in expensive hair accessories.

9. Long Necklace as a Belt

long necklace as chain belt

Who said that belts always had to be made of leather or fabric? (It’s quite possible no one has ever said this haha.) One unconventional way to accessorize your outfit is by using a long necklace as a belt. Of course, this is mostly for style, but this works best with bottoms that have loops for a belt.

Simply thread the necklace through the loops and clasp it. Not only will it add a unique touch to your outfit, but it will also draw attention to your waistline. You can also experiment with different types of necklaces, such as oversized pearl necklaces or layered chains.

This is a great way to showcase your favorite jewelry and add some personality to your outfit! Just be sure that the necklace is sturdy enough to hold up as a “belt” and won’t break.

10. Shoe Clips on Your Footwear

shoe clips on heels

Give your shoes a fresh new look by adding shoe clips or shoe jewelry. This simple yet creative accessory can elevate any shoe, making it more stylish and unique.

Shoe clips come in various shapes and designs, from bows to rhinestones to flowers, and can be easily clipped onto the front, side, or back of your shoes. They add a pop of color or sparkle to your outfit and can even be switched out to match different outfits.

Shoe jewelry, on the other hand, is a bit more permanent but can still give your shoes a stunning upgrade. They are usually attached with adhesive and come in different designs like studs and pearls. This accessory is perfect for dressing up plain flats or sneakers and can take your look from casual to chic in seconds.

Whether you prefer shoe clips or jewelry, there are endless possibilities for accessorizing your footwear. Try pairing them with a classic outfit like a little black dress or a pair of jeans and a t-shirt for an added touch of glam.

11. Scarf on Belt Loops

scarf on belt loops

Who knew that scarves could be so versatile when it comes to accessorizing? One easy way to add instant style to your look is to simply knot it on your belt loops. This adds a pop of color and texture to your outfit, and it’s a great way to switch up your usual belt routine.

This styling tip works particularly well with high-waisted bottoms or skirts, as the scarf helps to accentuate your waistline and create a more defined silhouette. You can also experiment with different scarf patterns and textures to complement the rest of your outfit.

12. Wear a Tie

woman wearing a tie

Just like suspenders, ties have always been seen as a masculine accessory, but women can wear them just as stylishly. And you can look chic while wearing them too! To add a feminine twist, pair your tie with feminine pieces, such as a dress and girly accessories like a hat, pearl earrings, or oversized sunglasses.

Perhaps best worn for a formal event, but the end result is high-fashion, chic, and stylish. It gives runway-model-meets-Chanel!

13. Wear a Scarf as a Top

silk scarf as shirt

Looking for a new summer look? Try wearing a scarf as a top for a unique and trendy look! Not only is it a creative way to accessorize, but it also allows you to show off your favorite scarves in a new way.

To create this look, choose a scarf that is large enough to wrap around your torso. Place the scarf behind your back and knot it securely. Adjust the scarf to fit comfortably and secure any loose ends. Pair your scarf top with high-waisted pants or a skirt for a chic look or with denim shorts for a casual vibe.

So where could you actually wear this to? Summer vacation, brunch date, or a night out with friends are all good ideas!

14. Belt a Scarf

Consider belting a scarf. Not only does it add an unexpected element to your look, but it can also help define your waistline and create a more structured silhouette.

To belt a scarf, start by choosing a scarf that’s long enough to cover your midsection. Loop it around your neck and belt it in place at the smallest part of your waist, above your belly button.

When it comes to pairing a belted scarf with your outfit, you have a lot of options. It looks great with sweater dresses or outerwear, especially if you want to add some definition to a loose or oversized silhouette!

As you know by now, accessories can really complete your outfit. But if you don’t have enough wardrobe staples to even create a good outfit, then you’re going to find accessorizing difficult. I created a course for you that will help you build your entire classic wardrobe – step-by-step!

Creative ways to accessorize are fun, right? But if you need to start at the beginning of your accessorizing journey, then this next post is for you: How to Accessorize and Complete Your Outfit (for Beginners)

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making mychicobsession.com a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.