19 Accessories Every Girl Should Own
by Sierra Burgos
From cute hair accessories to trendy jewelry, every woman needs an arsenal stocked with colorful beads and baubles that can add sass to any ensem. Unsure of where to start? Let these fashion bloggers show you how to properly accessorize for any occasion.
Everyone has go-to jewelry that they wear almost on a daily basis—for me, it’s a small gold pendant my grandma gave to me. It’s small and subtle, but matches everything I wear. Find yourself a go-to necklace to reach for when your other jewelry is too loud.
Luckily, a small necklace will go with anything you put on, whether that’s a casual t-shirt or a fancy dress. Plus, it takes little to no effort to accessorize your outfit.
After a go-to necklace, you’ll also need a chunky statement necklace. This piece can be louder and more colorful than a simple pendant, which allows you to really dress up an outfit. To find out how to properly rock one, check out these Dos and Don’ts of Statement Necklaces.
We love how Jade from A Spoonful of Style wears her chunky necklace with a simple top and vest to give all the attention to her neckwear. If you opt for a colored necklace, compliment it with neutral clothing.
Sometimes you really want to step out of the box when it comes to accessories, and there’s no better way to add edge to an outfit than by adding a choker.
If you’ve never accessorized with a choker, start simple. Look for a thin black one that’ll match a lot of different ensembles. Once you figure out what you like, branch out and try wacky colors or materials.
Just like a go-to necklace is important, simple earrings are also necessary. Sometimes you don’t want huge hoops, but you don’t want your ears to be bare, either. Simple pearls or studs work perfectly to add an element of togetherness to any outfit.
Pearls can make anything look put together, even a t-shirt. Find a pair in a size and color you love, and you’ll be able to wear them casually with shorts or dress them up with a blouse.
And of course, if you have simple earrings, you’ve got to have loud ones. We especially adore these pink ones on Julia from Gal Meets Glam. Shop around for big hoops, feathers, and bright colors. They may not match everything in your closet, but they can completely revamp an outfit.
If you’re wearing dramatic earrings, opt for a simpler outfit so they don’t overpower each other.
One of my favorite ways to accessorize is gathering a bunch of my favorite bracelets and stacking them all on my wrist together. I personally love bangles, but you can wear any combination that suits you. Keep it simple with silver and gold, or add pops of color like Rach from Pink Peonies.
Variety Of Rings
Every girl should have a solid collection of rings she loves. They may be small, but they can spice up any outfit and they’re easy AF. Look for rings in all kinds of colors and styles. Then, have fun combining them on your fingers for the perfect boho look.
Cute Hair Accessories
If we’re talkin’ accessories, we can’t forget about hair-wears. The most basic hair accessory you should own is a cute headband. Take day-old hair and revitalize it with a pretty headband, or add another element of color to your outfit with a thicker floral one.
Did you know they make bobby pins and barettes with pearls on them? We’re completely obsessed. Turn a simple bun or updo into something way classier with custom hair pins. Etsy is a popular place to find them, otherwise you can learn how to make some yourself.
Bandanas aren’t just for cowboys—they make amazing accessories, too. Tie them around your bun or make them into a headband, and you’ve got yourself a cheap and easy accessory.
If you want to learn more bandana hacks, check out these 14 Creative Ways To Wear A Bandana.
Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, everyone needs a good baseball cap to save them from those bad hair days. They’re perfect for a beach day or running errands, but you can also dress one up like Cait from Southern Curls and Pearls. We love the curly hair and pink lip that gives it a girly vibe.
Floppy Sun Hat
One of the best purchases you can make is a fashionable floppy hat—so sophisticated and trendy with literally no effort. Everyone needs hat accessories, especially for when your hair feels flat or greasy. This colorful fashion hat looks adorably tropical on Julia of Gal Meets Glam.
Aviator sunglasses have got to be one of the most useful accessories any gal could own. They look good with any and every outfit, whether you’re dressed up for a date or running to the grocery store. Find a pair that’s sturdy enough to last, because you’ll want these sunnies forever.
Aviators might work with every outfit, but they aren’t as sassy as these cat-eye sunnies on Cait. For the days your aviators feel boring, reach for a new shape of sunglass. My faves are heart shaped, circles, and cat-eyes.
Even when I’m wearing a watch, I still check my phone for the time. Oops. But it’s okay, because watches add so much sophistication and class to an outfit, whether you use them to tell time or not. Pair your watch with stacks of bracelets for an even classier look.
Believe it or not, purses are accessories—and a good purse can add so much to your outfit. With all the types of purses out there, you’ll definitely want more than one. For some bag guidance, check out these 10 Purses Every Girl Needs In Her Closet.
Lightweight scarves can be used for so many different things. Use them to spice up a plain outfit or tame your hair. We adore this soft blue scarf on Julia, completing the perfect brunch outfit.
Wear a fashion scarf around your neck with a collared shirt or a blazer for a magnifique put together ensemble.
Belts can add structure to all kinds of outfits. Look for different sizes and colors that’ll compliment your closet best. This outfit on Jean from Extra Petite wouldn’t be complete without the belt defining her waist.
Try layering a belt over a flowy dress for an entirely new dress, or fasten it over a flannel scarf to create a completely new top.
Okay, how cute are those socks? Plain old white socks are a thing of the past—now, you can spice up an outfit with lace, thigh-high, buttoned, or sheer socks. They even make socks with bows on the backs.
If you’re up for the challenge, try wearing pretty socks with heels like Krystal from A Pinch of Lovely. They also work great with booties or sneakers for an added element of sass.