How Just Accessories Can Transform An Outfit

Even if not consciously, your style has probably changed a ton in your clothes-wearing history — but if you think about it, you still wear the same basics you've relied on since the beginning.
The difference between how you wore that T-shirt dress back then and how you wear it now is all about accessories. By just changing up your shoes, jewelry, and bags, an outfit can completely go from A to B (to Z, even).
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But, if you can't quite visualize what it means to switch out your jelly sandals and knee socks for pumps and satchel, let us help you. Follow along as we show you three outfits styled for both The Lady and The Punk, made possible just by switching around the extras.
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The Outfit: Colored trousers and a striped top

These two staples exist in nearly every woman's closet already. Give them a dash of elegance with bold studs, a printed shoe, and a chain shoulder bag.

J.Crew Minnie Pant, $89.50, available at J.Crew; Joie Dillon Top, $78, available at Joie; Lanvin Crystal Earrings, $413, available at Net-a-Porter; Reiss Romeo Shoulder Bag, $360, available at Reiss; Vince Camuto Kain Cheetah, $98, available at Vince Camuto.
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The Outfit: Colored trousers and a striped top

Take the prep out of a pair of red pants by pairing them with super-shiny combat boots, a worn-in backpack, and the wildest specs you can find.

J.Crew Minnie Pant, $89.50, available at J.Crew; Joie Dillon Top, $78, available at Joie; Nasty Gal Muffin Top Shades, $90, available at Nasty Gal; Forever 21 Distressed Backpack, $34.80, available at Forever21; Junya Watanabe Boots, $1,351.24, available at LN-CC.
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The Outfit: A pencil skirt and cropped top.

All-nude accessories can make the corseted top and pencil skirt feel even more feminine. Classic hair barrettes are our favorite way to keep those loose locks away from our faces.

Linea Leaf Print Skirt, $94, available at House of Fraser; Carven Taffeta Crop Bustier Top, $132, available at Matches; Topshop Plastic Clips, $15, available at Topshop; Rachel Zoe Charlotte Bag, $318, available at Cusp; Reiss Hansen Court Shoes, $285, available at Reiss.
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The Outfit: A pencil skirt and cropped top.

Just because you're tough, that doesn't mean you have to forgo a strappy sandal. Find shoes that boast unexpected hardware in the forms of bolts and studs. The fringed bag clashes in the best of ways.

Linea Leaf Print Skirt, $94, available at House of Fraser; Carven Taffeta Crop Bustier Top, $132, available at Matches; Opening Ceremony Jungle 2 Heeled Sandals, $445.31, available at ASOS; Zara Clutch Bag, $49.90, available at Zara; Kenneth Cole Knot Cuff Bracelet, $98, available at Kenneth Cole.
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The Outfit: The plaid dress

Pointed flats make any casual outfit look all-the-more dressy. A structured clutch and retro specs let you channel '50s silver-screen stars like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

Rachel Comey Beach Dress, $598, available at La Garconne; Topshop Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses, $32, available at Topshop; Oasis Straw Clutch, $35, available at Oasis; Pierre Hardy Pointed Ballet Flat, $645, available at Net-a-Porter.
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The Outfit: The plaid dress

A plaid dress can be a punk staple, but you don't need to make it all grungy to get your point across. A cheeky bag, an architectural heel, and spike earrings let you retain your high-fashion sensibilities without looking too precious.

Rachel Comey Beach Dress, $598, available at La Garconne; Camilla Skovgaard Roller Heels, $590, available at Ssense; Romwe Crystals YES Bag, $83.99, available at Romwe; Topshop Spike Earring, $18, available at Topshop.
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