How to complete your outfits with accessories

by Sylvia

How to complete your outfits with accessories |

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

blue jeans white tee turquoise necklace

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)

LBD sophia webster pumps gold statement necklace |

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

gray suit silver watch drop pendant earrings|

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

white shirtdress leather belt brown pony hair clutch |

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

satin a-line skirt floral print pumps pink crossbody bag|

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?


P.S. Our style course Accessorize Me Confident & Beautiful is now open for enrolment! Learn how to accessorize like a pro and make every outfit shine!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patti

Wonderful inspiration here, Sylvia. Jeans-and-tee is a regular uniform for me, but I always add a little something: usually scarf, pendant or dangle earrings. xo



2 Sabina @Oceanblue Style at Manderley

The greys are my fave I suppose. And only after I started blogging did I really start paying attention to accessoires. So great advice Sylvia! Sabina


3 Bobbi

Sylvia thank you for your styling tips! I am a minimalist, classic kind of gal—usually in jeans, fitted white shirts/T’s and jackets. So easy to add accessories to elevate my dressing to the next level.



4 Sam

What I love about your site is I see my clothes, stuff I already have, in a new light. I don;t need to go shopping, I need to go planning.


5 Sylvia

Thanks Sam. That’s so good to hear. Yes, we usually already have what we need in our wardrobe. We just need to be creative with what we already have and accessories can be be a great help!


6 Greetje

Excellent examples how you can lift an outfit from boring to fabulous. This is a big promise for your accessory course.


7 Elaine

I love how you have used the accessories to add style and polish to a basic outfit. Can’t wait to take the course and learn how to put my favorite accessories to better use.


8 Sherry Edwards

I would say that my most favourite accessory would be the “scarf”. I have become known as “the lady with the scarf” ha! ha!. However, wearing a scarf during summer looks goofy on me. I also adore hats but when I wear hats I need to be prepared for all the comments. And, I feel like everyone is looking at me. I try not to make a statement with footwear but I never leave home without my earrings. A watch is a necessity so that doesn’t count as an accessory, ha! ha!


9 Christine Berry

I love the styles of outfits you posted for tall women..I am 5’8 1/2 but have very long an too skinny legs and long thin arms that make me appear taller/lankier than 5’8 1/2…I could not wear leggings…my legs are too thin. what type of pants do you recommend for me? thanks chris


10 Sylvia

It’s not just about the pants but the whole look. You may want to create more of an hourglass shape or make your tops slightly longer so your vertical body type is more in proportion. Check our articles on body type for more info. You can start at I would look at wide legged pants, crop flare and wider cropped pants and bootleg jeans.


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