As we have been discussing, accessories are critical for a stylish and polished look. By adding a nice mixture of accessories with a variety of textures and colors, you can easily turn a very basic outfit into one that looks exceptionally chic and well styled.  Below, we show you how to take five basic outfits to the next level by adding a few accessories that can go a long way.

Blue jeans and a white shirt

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For the perfect weekend look we kept it casual with cuffed boyfriend jeans and a silk trimmed jersey tee from The Row. Paired with classic nude flats the look has the potential to look chic with a few additions and subtractions. In this case we we added a tan leather belt  and switched out the nude flats for a leopard print pair. Adding on a copper and turquoise necklace makes the  ensemble look like much more effort went into it. To finish off the look we added a gold and leather wrap bracelet and hammered gold earrings.

A little black dress (LBD)

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A little black dress makes a statement that becomes even more stylish with the right accessories. To keep this look from falling flat with a pair of basic black pumps, we switched out for a stunning and attention grabbing pair of Sophia Webster angel wing pumps. Statement necklaces, such as this gold and crystal necklace, have a way of making any dress or top look instantly more expensive, polished, and chic. Coordinating diamond and opal stud earrings complete the look alongside a must have clutch.

A suit

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For many, wearing a suit to the office becomes a chore to turn into a chic look. Accessories and color, however, can play a big role in turning a basic suit and top from a dry and boring look to one that is brighter and more engaging. We took a basic blue button up top and Topshop blazer and trousers and added a red rose brooch, which immediately changes the look of the suit. Switching out black flats for red Rowen embellished flats brightens the look, alongside a red tote with enough room to carry all your office essentials. We kept the red accessories from being too overpowering by grounding the look with silver Stella McCartney pendant earrings and a silver Skagen watch.

An all white outfit

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A white cotton poplin shirtdress is the perfect closet item for a casual and polished look. To add some interesting notes to this look and go from drab to fab, we added a luxe pony hair clutch, which immediately sets the tone for the rest of the ensemble. To add definition to the waist we added a tan calfskin belt and brought in extra color and texture with a pair of bead embellished sandals .

A skirt and top

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The classic look of a white button up and black skirt was given a more colorful spin with a combination of complementary accessories that pop. We added an eye catching pink crossbody bag from Kate Spade that adds a casual glamour to the look. To take the look of the skirt up a notch and define the waist we added an Oscar de la Renta crystal embellished belt. Pink and black drop earrings pull the sparkle from the belt and the hues of the floral print Dolce & Gabbana pumps .

A casual outfit with a jacket

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To make a casual outfit more polished, complete, and exciting, we added a silver statement necklace and silver and crystal earrings. We switched out basic black flats for an embellished pair that were embellished with a little sparkle to add to the look. A midnight blue tote  complements the Rag & Bone blue twill jacket, which also pulls out the navy tones in the classic and timeless navy and gray sweater from Toast. Ralph Lauren leather gloves completed the look.

What is your favorite accessory to take your outfit to the next level?

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