As per Wikipedia, “A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer's outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen specifically to complement the wearer's look.” We consider fashion accessory to be an item which is supplementary to the main outfit of the wearer. It completes the outfit and enhances the wearer’s look.
There are two main types of the fashion accessories: the ones which are carried and the ones which are worn. Purses, handbags, eye wear, hand fans, parasols, umbrellas, wallets, canes and ceremonial swords belong to the former category and jackets, boots, shoes, cravats, ties, bonnets, belts, suspenders, bangles, hats, gloves, muffs, jewelry, watches, sashes, shawls, scarves, lanyards, socks and stockings form part of the latter category.
Fashion accessories can also be categorized on the basis of gender i.e. men’s fashion accessory and women’s fashion accessory. Purses, handbags, parasols and hand fans are carried exclusively by women. Wallets, canes and ceremonial swords are carried exclusively by men. Cravats, and ties are mostly worn by men. Jewelry, bonnets, bangles, shawls, scarves and stockings are mostly worn by women. However, eyewear, jackets, boots and shoes, hats, belts, suspenders, gloves, muffs, watches, sashes, lanyards and socks are worn by both men and women.
There were days when the wearers would keep one item each of the fashion accessory and the same would be used with all the dresses. With the passage of time, a trend has developed that an affluent wearer has as many sets of the fashion accessories as is the number of main dresses in use such that each fashion accessory matches with the outfit in terms of colors and style. In fact, in some cases the number of fashion accessories exceeds the number of outfits in use by a wearer. However, the ones who cannot afford to buy and maintain wardrobe full of fashion accessories have to be content with fewer fashion accessories. Some of the aforementioned fashion accessories which are carried are a must have item and some are optional. Purses and handbags are a must have, and, have become part of the outfit. Similarly, boots and shoes, socks and stockings are a must wear item of the outfit, the others are optional.
In last couple of decades, use of pashmina shawls and scarves too have become very common. Pashmina shawls and scarves are worn by the fashion conscious women on all occasions, both formal and informal. Their wardrobes are filled with pashmina shawls and scarves in different colors matching the dresses in use by them. Pashmina shawls and scarves are the only fashion accessory which on one hand have the most spread and on the other hand these can be easily worn as well as removed. Wearer of the pashmina shawls and scarves looks graceful. On formal occasions, pashmina shawls are worn by the aristocrat women to cover the dress worn by them. They uncover the dress by removing the pashmina shawls only on reaching the venue of the event/function.
With the passage of time, the craze for fashion has increased and so has the demand for fashion accessories. In fact in some cases women and men give more importance to the selection of fashion accessory than the outfit.