OK, we don’t like to admit it, but some of us are accessories impaired. Choosing things to add to an outfit seems like an impossible chore.
However, the right accessories complete an outfit and make you look pulled together, even when dressed casually. So keep an open mind and consider these five must-have accessories for every outfit.
A Great Bag
Crossbody or clutch, carry-all or handbag, everyone needs a great bag. Or, perhaps more accurately, a wardrobe of bags for different outfits and occasions. The crossbody is great for shopping when you need free hands to carry your purchases, while a beaded clutch adds elegance to evening wear.
Earrings, a Necklace, or a Bracelet
Jewelry adds class to any outfit—as long as you don’t overdo it. A pair of understated stud earrings, or a pair of larger “statement” earrings, like hoops or chandelier styles, should get you through the day and evening. As for necklaces, a choker sets off a shoulderless dress, while a long or layered necklace can jazz up a v-neck sweater. Bracelets can be fine or chunky, depending on your outfit and style. Wear two out of three of these essentials at once.
It goes without saying that you have to wear shoes, and you might not think of them as “accessories.” However, your choice of footwear can make or break your outfit. Different styles of shoes look better with long skirts, while others look best with trousers or sundresses. A good pair of sneakers go with just about anything, except perhaps formalwear!
Silk for style, wool for warmth, and a bandana to wear around your hair: Scarves give any outfit a little extra pop. If you’re not good at tying scarves, drape a scarf around your neck and let it hang outside your jacket.
Everyone looks cool in shades. Plus, they help protect your eyes from harmful rays and discourage squinting, which can cause wrinkles. Choose from various shapes, from small and round to big and square. Then, pop on a pair when you head out on any sunny day.
Consider adding at least three of these five must-have accessories for every outfit. You’ll have a bag, a pair of shoes, and some earrings that will bring your ensemble up a notch without a lot of effort. Throw on a scarf and some shades, and you’re practically a fashion icon!
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.