“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory,” said Coco Chanel. The fashion icon speaks the truth when it comes to accessorizing because it is very easy to over embellish your outfit with too many accessories. Accessories are supposed add more dimension to an outfit by layering multiple pieces or having one statement piece depending on the outfit. For a festive, family Christmas party outfit, you should have one statement necklace that adds a subtle touch to the outfit as a whole without being distracting to the eye. For more everyday, simple outfits, layer multiple bracelets or dainty necklaces with chokers to add more individuality to a boring outfit.

The right amount of accessorizing can complete your outfit by adding more depth to any ordinary look. Gold accessories are great if you are going for an elegant look. However, gold can easily appear matronly if not styled cautiously because it is such a timeless and classic material. Investing in some gold accessories for winter would be appropriate because they will go with any of your winter outfits and immediately elevate the level of sophistication. Accessories are tricky to master because less is usually more.

I came across this outfit on my way to class and could not help but stop to photograph this Fashionista. She went for the monochromatic look by going all black with camel and gold accents in her outfit. Black and gold are the perfect marriage because the muted, understated black helps bring out the statement gold details. Her faux fur leather jacket allows the outfit to be more put together and polished while keeping her warm from the Syracuse winter. She paired the jacket with a simple camel suede top and some black leggings to keep the outfit monochromatic. However, the focus of this Fashionista’s outfit is in her gold bracelets and gold watch. This classic combination works very well with her simple, muted outfit and creates a modern twist on a timeless style. She put her own spin on the black and gold trend by pairing her edgy outfit with a pair Steve Madden chelsea boots to give the outfit some attitude and flair.

The most important thing to keep in mind when styling accessories or jewelry pieces is that minimalism and balance are key factors. Keeping your accessories minimal and simple will ensure that they don’t add clutter to the outfit. Simplicity is always the way to go if you want to achieve a monochromatic, chic look like this Fashionista did.

How To: If you ever feel like there is literally nothing in your closet to wear (we’ve all been there), pull out your go-to black leather jacket. You will be surprised how many outfit pairings you can achieve with a leather jacket. To achieve this Fashionista’s look, go for any monochromatic palette to pair with gold jewelry to embellish the outfit.