Accessories are meant to make cars and phones more useful or versatile, but when it comes to fashion, the designated goal of an accessory is to make an outfit more attractive. That's why it's important to pick the right accessory for every outfit.
Unless you intentionally want to go overboard, which I do sometimes, you should tone down accessories when your outfit is busy. If not, the outfit might end up wearing you instead of the other way around. Also, the beauty of each item you have on would be lost in all the busyness. There are times when you can get away with wearing accessories with a busy outfit, but I believe ones ability to pull that off would come down to personality and level of confidence.
Accessories are perfect for simple outfits, but not just any accessory. I'm talking about "statement making" accessories. When you have on a simple dress and you throw on popping shoes or glittering earrings, you're bound to get noticed. There are also those occasions where being simple all the way works. Again, pulling it off requires confidence.
So what's the lesson here? Confidence is your greatest accessory. When you're confident (not pompous) you're more attractive than you could ever be.
Confidence aside, I made my black and white outfit popping by adding these four transforming accessories - my statement necklace, polka dot shades (I love me some polka dots), Pom Pom polka dot/striped sneakers (by Betsey Johnson @ DSW), and my zebra & flower embroidered purse (DSW).
Photographed by my accessory, Bloggie, 'cause I'm her accessory! Yup, we make each other look hot