From the staple white t-shirt to the little black dress, we all know the must-have fashion essentials. Let us talk about accessories. Accessories are the simplest way to elevate your aesthetic. Regardless of the season or occasion, it is critical to have a core collection of accessories in your arsenal.
Giorgio Armani said, “Accessories are important and becoming more and more important every day. They can completely change the look of an outfit, and women like the idea of having a wardrobe that is versatile. For instance, a strong piece of jewelry can make a simple outfit look elegant.” –
The following is a list of the top 10 accessories that every woman should have in her wardrobe.
A leather handbag never fails to make an impression. This essential accessory is one that no woman can leave the house without; bags are to women what shoes are to men. How else do you expect a woman to carry all her essential everyday items around?
Whether it is a laptop or tablet, a wallet, a small notebook, an emergency sanitary napkin, or merely everyday vanity essentials like lipstick, perfume, and powder, a bag is a crucial accessory for every woman.
Much like clothes, bags to come with their own unique persona.
For casual everyday use, we highly recommend a classic leather tote. This shoulder bag is ideal because it has the perfect size and shape, is spacious enough to accommodate many things, including a tablet, and is super chic and stylish. It really is the ultimate bag. If totes are not your calling, messenger bags are the next best thing.
For formal events, it is best to invest in small clutches. Not only are they easy to carry around, but they look stunning. Again, clutches come in an endless array of styles. There are simple minimal clutches and bold embellished ones. Opt for a style that vibes with your style aesthetic. Play it safe with standard colors such as gold, silver, and rose gold as they pair well with your jewelry and are supremely versatile.
Regardless of your choice, if there is one pro tip you must keep in mind, it is to never compromise on quality. A good quality leather bag promises not only a stunning look but also durability.
“Ladies, frost yourselves.” These were the iconic words said by Benjamin Barry from the hit 00’s rom-com, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Jewelry, as Ben says, is like frosting. Frosting only adds to the cake’s flavor, as does jewelry to your outfit and your beauty.
No outfit is complete without a statement piece of jewelry, as this effortless additional detail makes a fashion statement unlike any other.
If you are looking to curate a collection, our recommendation would be to opt for versatile pieces that you can mix and match with various outfits.
Your safest bet is minimal designs. Dainty layered necklaces, simple studs, delicate rings; they are ideal for work and formal events. Sophisticated and elegant, you really cannot go wrong with them.
If you are willing to big and bold, this season has been all about chunky gold jewelry. Whether it is a cuff, a chunky chain, or big hoop earrings, gold always packs on a punch.
You must also collect a few statement pieces because they breathe life into a dull outfit like no other. Whether it is a pair of gemstone studded chandelier earrings, playful boho tassel earrings, a décolletage flattering neckpiece, or an ethnic pendant, statement jewelry never fails to impress. They work best when paired with simple pieces.
Belts are super versatile as you can style them in previously unimaginable ways. Wear a belt over a dress to add contrast to your outfit. Sport it over an oversized blazer or cardigan to add shape to your physique.
A classic pick is a timeless leather belt for everyday use. This essential accessory can actually be worn with pretty much anything. You can always experiment with different buckles and belt widths to switch up your look. If you wish to go the formal route, embellished belts look stunning as well. You can wear them over something as simple as a black dress, and your outfit would snag all the crowd’s attention.
If your eyes are on the constant hunt for something more mod and fashion-forward, belt bags (former fanny packs) are the hot new item that is both stylish and practical. Who would have ever thought we would live to see a day when fanny packs would be cool?
Hats are more than just an accessory for sun protection. They exude a certain elegance and prowess that you cannot help but be drawn to. Whether it is a simple knitted straw hat, a sassy fedora, a comfy beanie, or a fabulous formal wide brim floppy hat, a hat is a guaranteed head-turner.
Not only do hats look fantastic, but they also cover up any bad hair days and add some much-needed confidence to your ensemble.
This season, we recommend opting for effortless baseball and 90’s style caps because they look great paired with jeans and a women’s leather jacket and athleisure wear, in particular. A fedora works best for fun gatherings like a family barbecue or a night out clubbing. For the colder months, keep it simple and effortless with a beanie.
A watch is a necessity. This piece of arm candy makes for the perfect accessory because it is simple and practical yet super fashionable. If you are not one for jewelry but are searching for some statement accessories, a watch is your calling. Keep it simple with a leather strap of play with flashy metal watch bracelets to switch things up.
Mysterious, sultry, and stunning sunglasses are perhaps the most stunning accessory to get your hands on. Sunglasses are must as they protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh rays and keep them young and wrinkle-free.
Getting your hands on the right frame for your face is essential. Your sunglasses should complement your face shape and enhance your features. If you are looking to invest in a statement pair of sunnies, we recommend opting for classic styles as sunglass trends change rather quickly. We recommend classic Aviators, Wayfarers, cat-eye, or tortoiseshell sunglasses.
Sunglasses are an essential component of every fashionista’s everyday uniform. So, put on a pair of sunnies to block the sun and all the haters.
Silk, smooth as butter, is a fabric that does not nearly receive the love and attention it deserves. A silk scarf is an accessory that has stood the tests of time. Timeless, chic, and versatile, a silk scarf can breathe life into any boring outfit. You can style it in so many ways: wear it as a tie, a head wrap, or a bandana. Tie it around your handbag even; it just works every time.
Shapewear is the new and improved version of underwear and lingerie. It aims to make every woman feel more confident in her clothes. If Kim Kardashian can dedicate a whole line to shapewear, you know you need to grab yourself some.
Shapewear is now being manufactured in an array of innovative fabrics to make your experience as comfortable as going commando while ensuring incredible support. You can actually find shapewear technology in everything from hosiery, corsets, briefs, leggings, and more.
Speaking of leggings, shapewear leggings are incredible. You can substitute them for pants and wear them around the house, during your workout, or out running errands. They are super comfortable, incredibly practical, and ridiculously flattering; what’s not to love about them? When picking out shapewear leggings, opt for neutral tones such as black, white, and nude to guarantee the most use.
Our favorite childhood hair accessories have finally made a much-needed comeback. Hair clips, scrunchies, gemstone studded pins; they are here to stay. If you are not one to invest much time doing your hair, hair accessories are the best way to amp up your look in a heartbeat.
Would this list even be complete without shoes? Of course, not. You can go out without everything else but your shoes. Shoes are more than just an accessory. The right pair of shoes gives the ultimate confidence boost. Marilyn Monroe aptly stated, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
The ultimate finishing piece to the puzzle, every girl needs a few versatile shoes in her wardrobe, including a pair of pretty stilettos, trusty sneakers, heeled and flat sandals, and boots. Even if you are not an obsessive shoe hoarder like Carrie Bradshaw, you can make all your outfits work with these essential pairs.
No outfit is complete without a complementing set of accessories. However, an accessory that most people tend to miss is confidence. You could have all the accessories in the world, but all the effort goes to waste if you lack confidence. As Stacy London said, “Confidence is the best accessory. It can make or break an outfit.”
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