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Accessories that instantly make you look smarter

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

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From power pumps to structured bags, there are some accessories that just make you look, well… smart! See how many of these you currently have in your closet, and stock up on all the stuff you don’t.

Accessories that make you look smarter

1

JustFab Icon Bag

On the hunt for an affordable bag that can take you straight from work to happy hour? This tan tote will not only make you look like the ambitious go-getter at the office that you clearly are, but it's also versatile enough to carry with you anywhere. Plus, with plenty of space for your iPad, makeup and heck, even a change of clothes, you'll be prepared for anything at all times. Now, that's smart! (JustFab.com, $40)

2

J. Crew Everly Satin Pumps

In a work world where appearances are everything, it's important to make sure you present yourself in a very professional manner. That's why these power pumps are the perfect choice for the office! With a four-inch heel and a classic pointy toe, they're fashionable, extremely well crafted and scream "intelligent woman who's ready to take on anything.” (JCrew.com, $265)

3

Kenneth Jay Lane Slim Bracelet Watch

Don't own a nice watch? Well, it's about time you invested in one! This chic bracelet watch by Kenneth Jay Lane adds a touch of polish to any ensemble and definitely isn't too bling-bling. It's sophisticated, stylish and won't distract from your smarts whatsoever — it'll just enhance them. (ShopBop.com, $215)

4

American Apparel Unisex Leather Belt

When in doubt, just belt it! A basic skinny leather belt like this one can really pull together an outfit, giving it that extra something and letting others know that you're a true stickler for details. Available in 12 striking colors, you'd have to be a little bit ignorant not to go out and buy one. (AmericanApparel.net, $15)

5

Diana Tracy Collection Lioness Statement Necklace

Sure, you might have a good head on your shoulders. However, if you want people to start taking you more seriously, you've got to dress the part of a power-player. There's nothing that says “I mean business” quite like a simple, yet stunning, statement necklace. This golden beauty is elegant and unapologetically fierce all at once. (DianaTracy.ca, $39)

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