There are days when getting dressed means standing in front of your closet, wearing nothing but your underwear and a new pair of shoes. But starting to build an outfit using an accessory as your anchor is actually a pretty clever idea; the simple shift in order can sometimes inspire creativity you wouldn't necessarily get to otherwise. But — and here's the real reason we do it sometimes — it makes getting dressed a breeze, because the most basic items sometimes pair best with statement accessories. We're talking plain black skinnies, your most worn-in sundress, jean cutoffs, and graphic tees: These are the items that make your new thrifted choker necklace and Prince Charming shoes really pop.
Need proof? We've rounded up six outfits that've recently caught out street style photographer's eye. Each is great unto itself, don't get us wrong. But they're excellent because of what they're topped off (or maybe started off) with.