Fashion Accessories Definition

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Fashion accessories are decorative items that supplement one's garment, such as jewelry, gloves, handbags, hats, belts, scarves, watches, sunglasses, pins, stockings, bow ties, leg warmers, leggings, neckties, suspenders, and tights.

Fashion accessories add color, style and class to an outfit, and create a certain look, but they may also have practical functions. Handbags are for carrying small necessary items, hats protect the face from weather elements, Laptops provide mobile connectivity and are used to increase work power and gloves keep the hands warm.

Many fashion accessories are produced by clothing design companies. However, there has been an increase in individuals creating their own brand name by designing and making their own label of accessories.

Fashion accessories can be visual symbols of religious affiliation: Crucifixes, Jewish stars, Islamic headscarves, skullcaps and turbans are common examples. Designer labels on accessories are perceived as an indicator of social status.

Fashion accessories are also available in the form of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and shoelace accessories.

Over the centuries fashion accessories have changed and evolved. In 19th century English fashion accessories included items such as The Muff, The Tippet, and Tulle shawls. During this time hats and turbans were also considered fashionable.

The beginning of the 20th century saw radical changes in the way women began to dress. Dress became more practical and meant that accessories didn’t play such a big part in fashion during this time.

It wasn’t until the 1950’s with both world wars behind the western world did fashion accessories come into the limelight again. With accessories such as fruit corsages to adorn one’s sweater or hat women began to accessorize again. The 1950’s also saw the beginning of eyewear being used as fashion accessories with the exaggerated wing tip glasses coming to mind. The 1950’s also saw the rise of the stiletto.

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