Accessories are one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to add visual interest to your wardrobe. In fact, here is an entire selection of must-have finds for $50 or less.
My personal favorites are hair accessories because there’s nothing I hate more than the time it takes me to blow dry and whip my hair into shape.
Here are some on-trend ideas for those days when you just don’t have the time or patience for some fussy “do.”
Whether you want to cover it all up with a cute cloche, pull it back with headbands, or pin it up with sparkly barrettes, there are accessories to soothe your hair woes.
[Asos wool cable headband $32, BooHoo.com Sally Embellished feather headband $12, Nordstrom Cloche $48, 1928.com Peridot Barrette $38]
Do you want to rescue something you aren’t all that interested in? Or add the WOW! factor to something you still love? These neon pink hair clips are $1 a piece. Add them to your favorite animal print flats, and it’s almost like you have a new pair of shoes for under $2.
“Bedazzle” your tired little black dress with a sparkly belt or add a crystal brooch for temporary appeal.
Have a favorite T-shirt that needs a little D-I-Y therapy? Add a collar necklace in any shape or color – the Peter Pan collar is a favorite these days.
[Forever 21 hair clips, $1.80 pair; DorothyPerkins.com collar bead necklace $27, Missselfridge.com Large Gem Belt $49, Nordstrom.com Tasha Crystal Brooch $47]
Who says a casual look has to lack in sophistication? I can’t stress enough how a simple scarf can transform an entire outfit, and monogramming it is even cooler. It adds color, texture and pattern to otherwise plain jeans and tees or an all-neutral ensemble.
Stackable bracelets are another easy way to add accessories. They are easy to throw on in a hurry and will coordinate with virtually anything.
Every girl needs a watch and the over-sized gold chronograph look is tops. Here is a classic version with an affordable price tag, just in case gold accessories don’t hold their value.
And last but not least, add your signature piece. Mine is a turquoise blue clover shaped pendant on a delicate chain. I get compliments on it every day of the week, it’s my favorite color and it’s a $33 version of a luxury brand I admire (and can’t afford!) The point is that people recognize it on me and sort-of expect it to be there. Find something you love – a charm bracelet, a pendant, your grandmother’s wedding band – and wear it often.
[Etsy.com Monogrammed Scarves $20, Oliverbonas.com Bird on a Wire necklace $44, Aldo.com Slotnick Watch $40, Miso Pretty Crystal Bracelets $14]
Amy Grace is married with two children. You can read her every Friday on momaha.
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