When it comes to fashion pet-peeves, one of mine is when your outfit is lacking the perfect accessories—you can just feel that something’s missing, ya know? Thankfully, I’ve discovered a simple little trifecta to take your outfit from “just eh” to “mmmm, werk it girl.” (Okay, so maybe these accessories won’t take your look *quite* to that level, but you get the point.)
First, I would just like to point out how pleasingly matchy-matchy my outfit is. From the pink purse pairing with the pink background of the shorts, to the black sandals matching the black centers of the flowers…Even my pastel blue nails go with the look! I know Stacy and Clinton from “What Not to Wear” would say that matching is so one decade ago, but I still enjoy that satisfaction of everything pairing perfectly together.
So what’s the first simple accessory to add a little pizazz to your outfit?? Brooches! Pins have been coming back these past few seasons, and I am HERE. FOR. IT. I love the vintage style and the unique aspect they add to any look. My two flower pins are actually hair decorations that I just clipped onto the pocket of my jean jacket; however, any sort of sparkly or thrifted brooch would work as well! I know pins can be a little difficult to style, but if you’re ever in doubt, pair it with a denim jacket. You can never go wrong ‘cause they always look great on the collar or pocket area (and won’t leave a visible hole in the fabric). You can shop some pretty brooches here! I especially like this fun pineapple pin.
Next up? Hair clips and barrettes! As another huge trend this season, barrettes are making a major comeback from the 90s and early 2000s. And again, I’m digging it! I’ve always loved decorating my hair as much as my neck or wrists, so I really enjoy seeing how top bloggers and social media influencers are hopping on this trend to style them in new, creative ways. I kept these long parallel pins pretty classic, but I encourage you to experiment with arrangement and placement. Here’s a cute set of pearl barrettes to purchase!
I couldn’t resist the dorky but (maybe?) cute photo-op above. Warning: Extreme Close-Up below.
Last but not least is dainty layered necklaces. As much as I love my bold statement necklaces, delicate layered jewelry has been having a major moment for quite a while now, so naturally a few small pieces is the perfect way to wrap up any outfit. The trick with necklaces, of course, is to vary them in length. Both of mine are from Francesca’s! I also usually like to add one long pendant necklace for a set of three, but I couldn’t find the piece I wanted to wear for this post (whoops).
In the photos directly above and below, you can see the difference these three accessories make in the outfit. It’s not super drastic, but when you remove the necklaces, hair pins, and flower brooches, the look definitely lacks something. The accessories are the subtle pieces that give it that extra “umph”!
What accessories do you like to rock in order to spice up an outfit?? Would you try this pairing? Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful Monday!
Miles of smiles,
White Tee: A.N.A. via JCPenney, $9 // Jean Jacket: JCPenney, $19 // Floral Shorts: Loft, $18 // Black Wavy Sandals: Macy’s, $28 // Black Sunglasses: Charming Charlie, $7 // Pink Polka Dot Purse: Kate Spade New York, gift
8 comments on “3 Simple Accessories to Give Your Outfit That Extra “Umph””
You’re a hundred percent right! (As usual!). I have a great horse head pin made of wood that’s super vintage from my mom. It goes on my jean jacket or my old Woolrich grey and black wool jacket and instantly ups my game! I like that you kept everything in balance by keeping the necklaces and barrettes simple so the flowers could shine. (And I like a matchy matchy look too!) Great post!
Thank you so much Leila!! That pin sounds awesome, it seems like they always work best on some sort of jacket or outer layer. 🙂 And yes! Long live the matchy-matchy look, haha. Have a great Monday!
I just LOVE those floral shorts and I just got some similar barrettes for my hair. What a perfect spot for outfit photos!
Thanks so much Carrie! I’ve been seeing bloggers take photos at greenhouses and just had to try it…I’m excited to go back a little further in the spring when all the flowers are actually blooming!
I like that you took some pics without the accessories, you can tell the difference in the oomph of the outfit 😀
Thank you!! I’m glad you think that because I was worried after removing the accessories that it wasn’t quite as big a difference as I had imagined
I’m with you on the matchy-matchy and I love the before and after with the accessories. I have never been a big brooch fan but you’ve convinced me! Made a total difference!
Virginia | More to Mrs. E
Thanks so much for the comment, Virginia! Yah, I think brooches have kind of a bad rap for being an old lady item, but I love how they’re coming back in a young and modern way 🙂