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  • Writer's pictureSarah Mariana

Elevate Your Ensemble: The Art of Accessory Styling from a Luxury Visual Merchandiser

Updated: Aug 6, 2023

With over a decade in the luxury retail space, I've witnessed the transformative power of the right accessory. Often, the difference between a good outfit and a memorable one lies in the details. Allow me to share insights from my 14 years in visual merchandising at top-tier luxury brands on how to seamlessly incorporate those treasured accessories you've collected over the years.

Antique and Brass inspired jewelry with geometric shapes and three rings

Resurrecting the Timeless:

Most of us possess treasures that, for some reason, rarely make an appearance outside their boxes. Believe me, jewelry isn't reserved only for black-tie events. An exquisite piece, whether subtle or bold, can elevate your daily ensemble, giving it that luxe touch.


Master the Art of Stacking:

Curating accessories isn't just about selection, but also presentation. When layering, keep finishes consistent for maximum impact. Imagine wearing a relaxed striped jumpsuit and complementing it with opulent stacks of gold bangles and necklaces. Think of your attire as the gallery, and your jewelry, the art. How do the pieces interact to produce a harmonious display?


Curating accessories isn't just about selection, but also presentation. When layering, keep finishes consistent for maximum impact. Imagine wearing a relaxed striped jumpsuit and complementing it with opulent stacks of gold bangles and necklaces. Think of your attire as the gallery, and your jewelry, the art.

Bridging the Style Divide:

Ever felt something was missing even after getting dressed? It's likely a style gap. While a v-neck top paired with shorts might feel too casual for brunch, introducing a statement necklace or a silk scarf could transform the look. Remember, it's not always about adding more, but adding what resonates with your personal style narrative.


A Tip from the Trenches:

Bad hair day? Perhaps you've missed a step in your sun-protection routine, or stumbled upon a vintage hat from your parents' collection. Here's my go-to advice: Embrace the hat. It's not only functional but can serve as the crowning jewel of your outfit.


Bad hair day? Perhaps you've missed a step in your sun-protection routine, or stumbled upon a vintage hat from your parents' collection. Here's my go-to advice: Embrace the hat. It's not only functional but can serve as the crowning jewel of your outfit.

In the grand theatre of fashion, it's often the subtle cues — the accessories, the layers, the unexpected elements — that create a lasting impression. So, dive deep into your collection, discover, and rediscover the gems that await. Let every outfit tell a story, intricately woven with your personal touch.



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