The 10 Classic Accessories Every Woman Must Own

The 10 Classic Accessories Every Woman Must Own

Love accessories? Here are 10 that should be in your possession.

By: Anne Fritz

You don’t need us to tell you that accessories can take an outfit from boring and basic to flashy in an instant. Once you have these 10 classic accessories in your closet, your outfit will go from drab to fab in seconds.

1. Sunglasses
Forget a smile, you’re never fully dressed without a killer pair of shades. Bigger is usually better, but not mandatory if they overwhelm your face shape. Blondes and redheads look hot in tortoise shell while brunettes look better in black.

2. Skinny Belts
Whether you want to accentuate your waist in a sheath dress, belt a cardigan, or accent a favorite pair of pants, a skinny belt is the answer. You can’t go wrong with a black patent belt and neon brights.

3. Statement Necklace
An over-the-top statement necklace can transform even the most basic white T-shirt into a sophisticated, date- or office-ready outfit. Look for a bib style in a favorite color or an eye-catching one made with mixed metals.

4. Crossbody Bag
Oversize hobos have stepped aside. The new “it” handbag is the crossbody. Not only does its more manageable size make it a winner, your hands are left free so you can text, run with coffee, etc. (Your neck and shoulders will thank you for the lighter load.)

Black is always a classic choice, but don’t be afraid to pick one in a new neutral like purple or teal. Cross-body bags also work for evening — look for a satin one or one with sequins for a more formal vibe.


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5. Bold Bangle
While watches will never be out, now that our cell phones tell the time, timepieces are no longer a necessity. Instead, dress up your wrist with some arm candy in the shape of an oversize bangle or chunky bejeweled cuff. It’s more than OK to layer, but skip noisy, tinkling ones at the office.

6. Tassel Earrings
Take a classic drop earring a step further and amp up the drama with a tassel style. A bold shoulder-dusting colorful pair is the only accent that LBD needs.

7. Scarf
No longer relegated to cold winter days, scarves are now available in a range of fabrics, prints and colors that work year round. Make a loop and secure one loosely around your neck or tie it on the strap of your cross-body bag for a splash of color.

8. Black Tights
These babies will extend the life of your favorite sundresses and gauzy skirts into the colder months and make your legs look thinner. Buy them in bulk.

9. Platform Wedges
Move over, ladylike pumps. Whether it’s a fierce over-the-knee boot or an espadrille sandal, platform wedges are the new must-have shoe style. Good news for us: While they’re high, the sturdy base makes them extremely comfortable and wearable.

10. A Killer Mani
With all the crazy and fun nail art that abounds these days, a perfect manicure is the latest must-have accessory. Whether it’s an ombre or leopard-print decal, a colorful twist on a classic French or a handful of chunky glitter, a statement mani makes the outfit.

Anne freelance writes and copywrites for websites, magazines and well-known brands, including Sephora, Sister to Sister, Life & Beauty Weekly and She has frequently appeared on television as a style expert and is available for television appearances. You can find her at The Jet Set Girls.

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