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Every now and then we all come across an amazingly put-together person who simply leaves us stunned. For just a minute, we even experience a mixture of admiration, envy and something impalpable in our gut. It’s like we wish that we were that person while looking at them. It’s a strange emotion, but an overall positive one, as it inspires us, sparks our creativity and sometimes even gives us a gentle encouraging nudge to make style or look choices that otherwise we would never dare to.

As amazing as clothes are, no one can deny the importance of accessorizing. It is these little (or big) things that provide glimpses into not only our styles, but our personalities as well. They can tell the world what some of your beliefs are and even give an insight into your essence, provided, of course, that they’re unique and filled with meaning. But aside from noticeable bags, strategically placed belts and scarves in contrasting colors, what are the types of accessories that can truly set you apart?

Brimming with meaning

Brimming with meaning

Having a preference for a certain kind of jewelry is a great way to ‘make your mark’. Think about the colors that bring you joy and represent you best. Think of the styles you’re drawn to. For some it’s silver minimal jewelry, for others it’s yellow gold. Some prefer subtle, clean designs, while others are simply crazy for chunky bohemian pieces that are on the verge of being just a tad too much. Don’t worry about trends, just go with your gut.

Of course, you can always take the sentimental route: your mom and grandma probably have a necklace, a ring or a vintage brooch they’ll be more than happy to pass down. Wearing something that’s one of a kind will definitely make you feel one of a kind, and even more so if there’s a true family story behind it.

Land of the brave

Land of the brave

Jewelry is great, but there are even more poignant, not to mention brave ways to decorate your body. One such way is definitely the ink way. Although this is a major decision, especially due to the fact that it’s permanent, the number of people who choose to “say it with ink” is constantly increasing. It seems like we run into someone with at least one tattoo every day, and we have to admit that there is some truly impressive body art out there that could make even a complete skeptic turn into a curious fan.

Scandinavians are the biggest tattoo lovers, leaving Brits in the second and Aussies in the third place. Australians truly love their ink; lately everyone’s been flocking to get their captivating custom Japanese tattoos in Sydney. Japanese tattoos have become a huge trend in the land Down Under, but if these aren’t your cup of tea, there are virtually hundreds of other styles, from geometric through minimal to aquarelle tattoos. As long as they’re done by a true artist and, of course, actually mean something to you, perhaps it’s time to consider taking the plunge.

Sometimes, forever lasts only a second

Sometimes, forever lasts only a second

For those who aren’t yet inhabitants of the land of the brave, there is a way to visit it and see how you like it there before settling down for good. Temporary tattoos look incredibly realistic, but you can switch them and add as many new ones as you like. This ‘trial run’ can help you decide on the kind of permanent tattoo you might ultimately want to get, or help you decide whether you want a permanent one at all. In any case, it’s a fun way to explore your taste and accessorize with something that looks permanent without the commitment.

Meet me in the middle

Meet me in the middle

Finally, a solution that is somewhere between a tattoo and simple jewelry lies in piercings. Sure, there are certain piercing trends that are a bit passé (like the eyebrow piercing), but if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, go right ahead and channel those ‘00s vibes. If you’re up for something a tad edgier, septum piercings are one of the hottest piercing trends of today, along with gauging and other less conventional ear piercings. Just as with temporary tattoos, this is a personal style signature you can rock for as long as it’s significant to you in one way or another.

The minute you decide you’re over the trend, you can have a piercing removal, although its traces will take longer to fade away than those of the temporary ink. Still, it’s fun and it’s definitely a statement, so just choose what your message is and pierce away.