Introducing Anthony Pino’s new Fashion Column, @pinobydesign. In this premier issue, Pino tackles the art of accessorizing.
We all know about the famous “ who wore it best” or “bitch stole my look” portion of fashion shows and magazines. What sets the winner apart is how the outfit is actually styled and accessorized. The winner usually has the perfect amount of accessories that doesn’t engulf the outfit, but accents it perfectly. Accessorizing is an art, trust me, I’m fully aware. An outfit can quickly be over-accessorized, going from chic to Liberace with the click of a necklace.
JEWELRY in itself, can be tricky. If you’re going to wear ten stacked bracelets, great! I love stacks, just don’t stack the books to the ceiling. Now don’t get me wrong, I love excess, but there are do’s and don’ts. Don’t wear ten necklaces and ten rings…. I mean who are you? The husband of a drug dealer?!?! A rapper’s boyfriend?!?! Even then… I’m judging your a$$. Do find one focal point when accessorizing. So whether you choose to have it be your neckline, fingers, wrist or ears… PICK ONE! Now that doesn’t mean you can’t wear a (SINGULAR) ring, or a thin necklace, just make sure everything else is minimal. I also love layering metal tones, but you have to be careful when choosing the mixtures. The layering has to be precise if you choose more than one metal. I find that rose gold and gold, or rose gold and silver are the safest to start with.
BELTS can be a great way to tie a color scheme together. I almost always have my signature belt chains attached to every belt no matter the color. I will either add or subtract a tone depending on hues. Paired with a similar hue with shoes, it can really bring a new life to an otherwise drab outfit. Lighter hues add a softer touch, and darker hues lend to a more defined appearance. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match, as long as they are close in hue.
BAGS, People might say I have a handbag obsession, and they would be absolutely correct. Bowlers and mini duffles are my favorite shapes when it comes to choosing just one. A chic backpack is also a great option if you’re constantly on the go or rely on public transportation. If you’re into the current trend of the moment, the 90’s throwback of a fanny pack, then there is only one option. My favorite designer, Alexander Wang, has the Attica Fanny Pack, which, in my opinion, is the only fanny pack to choose, if that’s the route you’d like to take.
SHOES are like the closing sales pitch for the outfit. If you say you’ve never noticed these things, you’re lying. Ask anyone around you, as they do the head-to-TOE-scan. It all looks great, until you get to the bottom of the barrel and there’s nothing but rotting apples. It can be a total deal-breaker for some people. I think it says a lot about who you are as a person. It shows how you take care of yourself and the amount of effort you put into your appearance.
If you start to question any of the pieces, take it off. You’ll probably be focused on it the whole time you’re wearing it, which will lead to fussing with it the whole time, drawing attention to what you’re most self-conscious about.
I could go on and on about accessorizing, but we’ll leave detailing for future subjects. Always remember, First impression are everlasting and you only get one chance to make it, So make it memorable.
If you have any questions or want/need advice, feel free to inbox me on the gram @pinobydesign. If there are any subjects you want to hear about, I’m open to suggestions as well.
Anthony Pino @pinobydesign