Accessorize your life

You don't need an expensive new outfit or a ballgown to look dressed up. You closet staples work just fine. Adding a few new in-season accessories will take that classic black T-shirt from bland to stylish in mere seconds. You just have to know which accessories to buy.

A statement necklace

Few things make a woman look more confident than a large, colorful statement necklace. It can be added to prints and basics. Chunky beads and large pendants are the perfect way to get your outfit noticed without going over the top. That basic black peplum top might be cute on its own, but adding in a mint statement necklace takes it to the next level. Pair your outfit with a comfy pair of dark-washed skinnies and some basic black wedges, and you're looking classy without giving it too much thought.

Outlandish shoes

So you're looking at the department store's seasonal shoe selection and you're noticing a trend — outlandish prints and shapes. How do people wear them!? Simple. Pair your favorite little black dress or jeans and basic T-shirt with the shoes. They add a bit of extra sass, and as long as you keep the rest of your outfit simple, they'll never look over the top. Play with cutout shapes and tribal prints. You can conquer the shoe world, one fun pair at a time!

A clutch

Where are you going, fancy? A demure clutch bag will always look dressed up. Just look at celebrities on the red carpet. The newest It Girl won't be caught dead with a regular ol' hobo bag as she struts by the paparazzi. A clutch allows you to keep the essentials in tow without distracting from the rest of your outfit. If you're wearing a plain outfit, go bold. If you're wearing a print, go subtle or even clashing. Clutches are a fun way to experiment with accessories without having to commit to the functionality of your everyday bag.

A printed scarf

Don't feel like switching out of that jeans and tank top combo? Don't bother! There's no reason you can't look fresh. A scarf always adds an extra comfortable layer of style to any outfit. Whether you're rocking a business suit at the office or a little black dress at a cocktail party, adding a scarf to the mix adds a pretty hit of style without going overboard. Make sure your scarf fits the season. Lovely, bright cotton scarves look great during the summer. Switch it out with a jewel-toned number for fall and winter.

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