15 Essential Fashion Accessories to Upgrade Any Outfit

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The right accessory can transform an ordinary outfit into a fashion statement. Whether you’re shopping for tote bags, stylish scarves, or gold jewelry, refer to this list of carefully-curated essential fashion accessories to pull your look together. Spoiler alert: I love Margaux’s Wrap Sandal, Jennifer Behr’s Collette Earrings, Tony Bianco’s Black Heels, Bottega Veneta’s Teen Jodie Bag, and Le Specs’ Outta Love Sunglasses.

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Essential Fashion Accessories

1. Classic White Sneaker

Kick off your fashion journey with a pair of classic white sneakers – a timeless choice that’s comfortable and stylish. My favorite brand is Veja’s Sneakers. They work seamlessly with any outfit, from casual jeans to a summer dress.

Favorite Brands: AdidasOn / Nike / New Balance / Superga / Veja


2. Flat But Functional Sandal

Whether you’re strolling on a Hawaiian beach or navigating New York’s city streets, flat sandals are functional and stylish. Need style inspiration? Try Margaux’s Wrap Sandal – it’s the ultimate in stylish summertime versatility.

Favorite Brands: Alohas / Birkenstocks / Dolce Vita / Tkees / Margaux


3. Strappy Heel

Elevate your look with strappy heels, a perfect addition to your evening ensemble. You can’t go wrong with these Black Heels by Tony Bianco.

Favorite Brands: Jeffrey Campbell / Sam EdelmanSteve MaddenTony Bianco


4. The “Wear Everywhere” Black Boot

Black boots effortlessly transition from day to night. My favorite way to pair them is with straight-leg jeans, a neutral turtleneck, and a plaid blazer. It’s a great wear-to-work look.

Favorite Brands: Marc Fisher / Reformation / Schutz / Stuart Weitzman


5. Gold Jewelry

Whether you don a delicate pendant, a boho-chic lariat, or a minimalist bracelet chain, gold jewelry adds extra sophistication to your outfit. Need more jewelry inspiration? Read up on 20 Trendy & Affordable Jewelry Brands and Niche Jewelry Brands I’m Falling in Love With.

 Favorite Brands: Ana Luisa / Gorjana / Mejuri / Missoma


6. Statement Earring

Whether you’re donning a cocktail dress or casual denim, bold earrings instantly elevate your outfit. Loving the photo below? Try out these Sculptural Hoops by Mejuri. If you’re feeling more whimsical, browse the designs by Jennifer Behr. Her Collette Earrings are gorgeous!

 Favorite Brands: Ana Luisa / Gorjana / Mejuri / Missoma


7. Stackable Ring

Mix, match, and express your unique style with stackable rings. Opt for rings in the same metal for a harmonious look. You can find more ring inspiration in my article on Top 10 Brands to Shop for Affordable Gold Rings.

Favorite Brands: Aurate / Catbird / Dea Dia / Mod + Jo


8. Watch

You can’t go wrong with a gold or silver watch. Just make sure your watch complements the color scheme of your outfit. Right now, I’m eyeing this Goldtone Watch by GV2.

Favorite Brands: Cartier / Fossil / Lola Rose / Michael Kors


9. Stylish Sunglasses

From modern aviator to feminine cat-eye frames, the perfect pair of sunnies will elevate your outfit. Right now, my favorite affordable style is Le Specs’ Outta Love Sunglasses.

 Favorite Brands: Dior / Gucci / Le Specs / Ray-Ban / Prada


10. Crossbody Bag

Crossbody bags are essential. Experiment with different colors to express your unique style. Right now, I’m loving the Portobello Bag by Aspinal of London.

Favorite Brands: ALLSAINTS / Cuyana / Marc Jacobs / Sancia


11. Chic Tote Bag

Carry everything you need in style. A well-designed tote elevates your outfit while keeping you organized. If you’re looking to start your tote bag collection, a Classic Nylon Shoulder Tote by Longchamp is a no-brainer.

Favorite Brands: Cuyana / DeMellier London / Mark & Graham / Rebecca Minkoff / Tory Burch


12. Designer Purse

A designer purse is an investment piece that never goes out of style. Plus, they stand the test of time (and passing trends)! Below is the influencer-favorite Teen Jodie Bag by Bottega Veneta.

Favorite Brands: Bottega Veneta / Chloé / Prada / Saint Laurent


13. Leather Belt

Wrap up your outfit with a high-quality leather belt. From beige to black, these understated accessories effortlessly tie your look together.

Favorite Brands: B-Low the Belt / Madewell / Rag & Bone


14. Silk Scarf

Elevate your style with a vintage silk scarf. Need style ideas? Try tying your scarf around your neck, in your ponytail, or around your designer bag. It’ll add a touch of timelessness to your outfit.

Favorite Brands: Andantino / Burberry / Lost PatternSézane


15. Hair Accessory

From barrettes to pearl hair clips, hair accessories bring attention to your hairstyle. Love the look in the photo below? Check out the hair accessories by Lelet New York.

Favorite Brands: Jennifer Behr / Revolve / Shashi


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Love, Kim

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