Matching ensembles to accessories

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Sick of your day-to-day outfits? You don’t need a whole new wardrobe—the most boring looks can be transformed with the help of a few key accessories. Here are some “fresh updates” to some staple ensembles using your favourite jewellery, bags, and shoes. 

Accessories that will glam up a Little Black Dress for work or the weekend

Look 1: Stand out but look polished with vivid pieces like plum heels, a green leather tote bag, and lacquered bangles.

Look 2: Take your Little Black Dress from boring to brilliant for any occasion by incorporating bold handbags, cool-girl sunglasses, and red-hot shoes.

Look 3: Dress down your LBD with stylish cat-eye sunglasses, a printed scarf, and espadrille wedges that scream “French Riviera chic.” Add a cross-body bag that allows you to be hands-free.

Look 4: Keep ‘em coming back by pairing your dress with ultra-high heels, a major statement necklace, and a heart-shaped clutch. Maintaining a common colour theme keeps the look cohesive, and red is always sexy.

Accessories that will style a grey sweatshirt and skinny jeans for going out

If your go-to answer to what to wear is always “jeans and a cute top,” here’s how to spice things up for both day and night.

Look 1: Even your accessories need a boost sometimes. Leopard flats and brown wayfarer sunglasses are new spins on classic pieces.

Look 2: Everything looks better with a side of sparkle! Find yours in stacks of rings, a sequined clutch, and matching sandals.

Look 3: Keep jeans and a tee from looking sloppy by teaming them with a zip-top carry all and crossover-strap pumps.

Use accessories to make a blouse and cropped pants look different

Whether you’re headed for a first date or an afternoon museum outing, try these look-at-me extras.

Look 1: Match your accessories to your flirty mood—we’re talking tons of bangles and a hot pink purse.

Look 2: Achieve Audrey Hepburn’s timeless style by choosing updated versions of her staples. Think smoking slippers instead of ballet flats.

Look 3: Add depth to a two-note outfit by mixing snakeskin pumps with a leather tote, plus a silk scarf.

Use accessories to create a new look with a white T-shirt and ruffle skirt

Jazz up the most basic of pairings for brunch with the gals, a Sunday afternoon stroll, or a casual business
meeting.

Look 1: Look confidently stylish as you add a textured clutch, dual-patterned wedges, and layered necklaces.

Look 2: Lighten up when you’re off the clock! A bold backpack and dollar-sign earrings help show off your playful side.

Look 3: Prove you mean business by putting on your sharpest glasses, carrying your documents in a portfolio clutch, and finishing your look with pointy-toe heels.

(Contributed by Pooja Gajraj)

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