If you want to pull together effortlessly stylish looks each morning but don’t know where to start, accessories should always be your first port of call. Chances are, you will already have some great clothing options but what really brings an outfit together is the finishing details like a luxe leather belt, a peak of gold jewelry and a versatile handbag.
So whether you want to stand out while only wearing a basic white tee and jeans or add those complementary finishing touches to a formal look, we’re going to take you through those key accessories that are guaranteed to elevate any ensemble and take the panic and stress out of picking an outfit in the morning.
A Neutral Tone Handbag
The perfect handbag is not just a practical piece to store your everyday necessities in, it’s the item that takes your look from super plain to effortlessly chic. This is an item worth investing in!
You should always go for a neutral tone so it can become a staple part of our outfit for years to come, crafted in a high-quality fabric like leather to last lifetime. First of all, spend a bit of time thinking about the practicalities, like the ideal size handbag for your everyday needs. Do you simply carry your keys, wallet and phone or do you need a bit of extra space for your make-up bag, book and laptop?
If you don’t need to carry a lot, a simple small cross-body or shoulder bag is the one for you! Our top tip for this is choosing an unusual shape like a crescent crossbody or a baguette shoulder bag for a sophisticated and well thought out look. If you need something a little bigger, an oversized leather tote will give you almost as much space as the famous Mary Poppins bag without the dated design!
A Hint Of Jewelry
What is an outfit without the sparkle of your favourite jewelry? Our go to way of ramping up an outfit is adding some chunky gold hoops, a dainty necklace, a stack of bracelets or some delicate rings. The important rule here is don’t overdo it! Less is more when it comes to jewelry – adding too much can take your look from super stylish to super tacky.
If you’re going to wear a pair of gold statement earrings, just wear a simple gold choker necklace. Before building up your jewelry collection – make sure to take a look at your skin tone! If you have a warm undertone, you’ll suit gold jewelry and if your skin has more of a cool tone then silver or white gold is your color!
There is no need to spend $1000’s on high-quality jewellery. In recent years, many accessible jewelry brands have emerged that create long-lasting and unique jewellery that you can treasure and wear for the long haul. Always check out what the jewelry is made from before purchasing lower-cost designs, you want to go for sterling silver, fine silver, gold vermeil or gold-filled pieces to ensure longevity. No one wants to discover their most-loved necklace has gone rusty!
A Timeless Boyfriend Belt
Adding a simple leather boyfriend belt with a gold or silver buckle is one of the easiest ways to give your style an elegant, polished finish. Not only will a belt slim you down when worn with a pair of jeans or over a tailored blazer, it can also add a bit of shape to your knitwear. A belt is something you can save or splurge on. We always find ours in the men’s section of a department store – you can usually get a great quality leather belt for less than $40. Men’s belts always come up bigger than women’s, but it’s really simple to add more holes, just purchase a belt hole puncher or go to a tailor to ensure the perfect fit.
Statement Thick Framed Sunglasses
Who says you should only wear sunglasses when it’s sunny? They’re totally wrong.
Sunglasses add that effortless off-duty detail to every outfit from an oversized trench coat to a basic t-shirt and jeans. A classic pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers (or low-cost lookalikes) are a handbag must! Go for a colour that will complement your style, most people will either opt for timeless black or tortoiseshell frame, but if you like a pop of colour – go for it! Since you can grab a pair from the mall for under $10, you can build your collection to suit every mood from the oversized hangover sunglasses to the sophisticated cat eyes to match your two-piece suit.
So there you have it! Four simple items that will give your look an instant update, making you look effortlessly stylish.