In the timeless words of Matthew McCaughey’s Benjamin Barry, “Ladies, frost yourself.” Accessories are like the icing on a cake. They are the finishing touch to the cake that is your outfit. Without frosting, a cake feels incomplete. Who are we kidding? There is no cake without frosting.
Accessories can take your basic outfit from zero to a hundred in the blink of an eye. They harbor the innate ability to transform the look of everyday staples with the help of color, theme, or style. Whether it is a chic handbag, a stunning pair of heels, or a sparkly set of stone-studded earrings, accessories are the ultimate tool to uplift any ensemble.
The trick to accessorizing is learning how to mix and match pieces well. If you are wearing a casual dress and have a lunch date scheduled during the day, throw on a pair of fabulous sunniest, strappy sandals, a hat, and a crossbody bag; Viola! You are ready to go. Similarly, if you have an outing planned for the evening, replace the sandals for some killer heels, throw on a chic scarf, and some statement jewelry and voila! Grab a clutch on the way out for your keys, wallet, makeup touchups, etc.
Oscar de la Renta once quoted, “A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories.”
Every woman should have a sense of essential accessories that help her nail everyday style game. Here are our top picks.
- Versatile Tote Bag
Your bag says a lot about you and your style. Tote bags are the most versatile bags in the market and a must-have for every woman out there. This essential accessory comes in the perfect size to carry all your belongings while looking super chic and on-trend. A classic tote bag is accommodating enough to carry your everyday essentials along with a few extra items. There is no need to carry a giant bag. Just invest in a classy neutral-toned tote bag. Perfect for formal, casual, and professional settings, totes exude a polished and structured finish that looks effortlessly stylish.
- Lux Watch
Watches are a necessity not because they tell you the time; there is more to the story. You can check the time on your phone even.
Watches are an accessory that speaks volumes about your persona. It is a quintessential part of your professional ensemble. The more beautiful your watch is, the more impressionable you are. A chic watch can complete your outfit by adding a hint of sophistication and elegance. If you love a casual look, leather straps work best. For formal and professional wear, invest in a metal strap. Both of these choices never disappoint, so rest assured, your investment will be worth every penny.
- Sophisticated Scarf
Scarves scream high fashion. They exude class, elegance, and sophistication. Their versatility knows no bounds. You can play with an array of fabrics for different occasions.
Perhaps, the most luxurious of them all are silk scarves. Whether you opt for a plain, printed, abstract, or contemporary number, silk scarves never fail to impress. You can style them in different ways to create a unique and individual look that reflects your style.
Wrap it around your neck, wear it in your hair for a whimsical and boho chic inspired look, or style it as a headband.
For a warmer option, nothing compares to a cashmere scarf. If you are looking to treat yourself, cashmere scarves are investment pieces that look incredible on anything and everything. Style your cashmere scarf over a coat, a jacket, or a cashmere sweater (Might as well go the whole mile if you are treating yourself, right?).
For everyday casual wear, grab a pair of woolen and light cotton scarves according to the season. Monotone hues look great, but be sure to invest in a few outgoing printed pieces, as they seem incredibly flattering on an array of outfits.
- Statement Outerwear
Your wardrobe is incomplete without statement outerwear – it is as simple as that. Coats, jackets, sweaters, they all make for amazing complementing pieces to every outfit. Jackets are quintessential accessories that tie your whole look together. They come in an array of styles and cuts that not only help you stay warm but also look and feel like a million bucks. Whether it is a bold leather jacket or a simple bomber, a classy suede coat, or a trusty denim number, jackets feel like a hug. They are warm, inviting, and super comfortable.
If you are looking to invest in essential pieces, a jacket is necessary. If you enjoy simple cuts and minimalism, a classic bomber or sleek moto jacket is your best bet. If you love to bring the drama, a leather jacket is a perfect pick. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that in real leather jackets women look the chicest. The form and fit flatters one and flatters all. Leather jackets are not cheap, but they sure are worth the dent in the pocket.
If you are a coat kind of girl, get your hands on a chic overcoat. Coats have stood the test time. They look elegant and exude a polished and professional vibe. Throw on a coat over the most basic of outfits, and you will look like you have it all together.
- Trusty Wallet
Everyone needs a wallet. Can you think of any other way to carry your cards and cash around? Invest in a functional wallet that is compact yet spacious. If you invest in a somewhat formal wallet, it can double as a mini clutch as well, making it perfect for a day or night out.
- Chic Sunglasses
What do you do to block out the haters? Throw on a pair of sunnies and strut your stuff.
Sunglasses are perhaps the most underrated accessory. A chic pair of sunglasses can make or break your look. Like a standard pair of sneakers, sunglasses look good with an array of outfit choices that you will make good use of throughout the seasons.
When investing in sunglasses, it is best to opt for classic frames. Trendy frames look great on the gram, but they go out of fashion after a while. Needless to say, they are not investment pieces. Find a pair that is timelessly chic and versatile and compliments your face shape the best.
- Stunning Jewelry
Jewels are a sacred commodity. They are a precious necessity that every woman needs to breathe life into her everyday attire. Diane Von Furstenberg said, “Jewelry is like the perfect spice – it always complements what’s already there.”
There are limitless options when it comes to jewelry styles. For everyday wear, minimal jewelry is the best. It is classy, chic, and versatile. They look great when mixed and matched with others, and they look great when sported on their own. For everyday wear, invest in studs, layered necklaces, pendants, and dainty rings and bracelets.
Statement pieces look best on their own. They shine bright, much like the stars of a show. They take center stage and make sure all eyes are on them. When you sport statement jewelry, you must ensure that it gets the limelight that it deserves. Whether it is a chunky pair of earrings, a big and beautiful necklace, or a statement bracelet, statement jewelry loves the spotlight. If you wish to attract all eyes on you, you know what to do.
- Trendy Shoes
What’s a wardrobe without shoes? We all need the essential pairs – casual sneakers, versatile pumps, sophisticated heels, sexy ankle boots, and an everyday pair of flats. Your shoes must have three essential elements, which include comfort, style, and function. If your shoes fail to deliver one of the three, they are not meant for everyday wear.
Sneakers look great with everything from dresses to skirts to jeans to even formal wear. Heels are a necessity for office and formal wear. Besides, they look excellent on a night out with a cocktail and formal dresses. Ankle boots look great with everything – they need no introduction. Flats look best when paired with dresses and skirts. Find your favorites and give your feet the love that they deserve.
– Parting Thoughts
Accessories can make or break your look; however, one accessory that you need despite everything else is your confidence.
Nothing is comparable to a woman with confidence. Regardless of your fashion choices, be proud of whatever you wear. Invest in these everyday essentials to look and feel like a fashionista every day.