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How To Use Accessories To Take Your Look From Basic To Boss

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    We've all heard the same style advice over and over again: A black leather crossbody and a timeless pair of sunnies will get you far. True, but what happens when winter turns to spring? It's only natural to crave super-cute add-ons for a fresh look when a new season calls for it.

    That's why we teamed up with Fossil to find the best (and in some cases, smartest) accessories out there that aren't quite so expected. Ahead, we'll prove that a scarf in a rainbow of colors or a sleek boss-lady smartwatch is the perfect way to take your look to the next level. Read on for the new essentials and a little encouragement to liven up your accessories arsenal as well as your everyday wears — you'll be glad you did.


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    Spring For A Versatile Scarf
    Your chambray shirt and jeans make up a dependable outfit year after year, and with a few small tweaks, you can keep up this look's winning streak. Try a new denim style (our fave this season is the cropped flare), and pair with a colorful, striped scarf and heels in a can't-miss shade of marigold. As for the chambray, upgrade to a crisp, light-blue shirt that ties at the waist for a feminine take on the basic button-up.

    Forever 21 jeans, Topshop scarf, Charles and Keith mules, ASOS top.

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    Lighten Your Load With A Half-Moon Bag
    Ditch your heavy tote for a sleeker silhouette, such as a half-moon style. To contrast your recycled navy, suede skirt from the winter, go with tan and olive accessories that lighten the palette. Add a sultry floral print to top everything off, and don't forget to nix the tights and boots.

    Whistles skirt, VBH bag, Vince mules, Reiss top.

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    Update Your Gear
    This is the perfect season to hit refresh, which includes switching up your everyday items for smarter, savvier pieces. Stash your winter brogues in favor of chunky, all-white soles and your black crossbody in exchange for a bag in a dusty pink hue. And never miss a notification (or a weather update!) with a Fossil Q Wearable, like this one in stainless steel.

    Topshop dress, Saint Laurent bag, ASOS shoes, & Other Stories earrings.

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    Break Out Your Statement Sunnies
    This spring, it's all about the retro shades. Opt for a pair in a neutral color combination that complements anything yet doesn't blend in too much. Pair them with a chambray jumpsuit, sandals with a patriotic tilt, and a bag in your favorite shade of bright for a throw-on-and-go ensemble that packs a punch.

    Madewell jumpsuit, Kara bag, Charles and Keith sandals, Opening Ceremony x Gentle Monster sunglasses.

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    Opt For A Season-Less Shoe
    It's tempting to break out a sundress and sandals ASAP when temps start to rise. But at least try to ease into this tricky transitional time. Sturdy block-heeled mules keep the look from going too far into warm-weather territory, while a pastel handbag amplifies the moody, abstract florals of the dress.

    & Other Stories dress, Charles and Keith mules, Reiss jacket, Mango earrings.