My top five favorite accent pieces for your wardrobe
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Every wardrobe needs a few key items that allow you to really stand out and show that you want to be noticed. These five items are easy to find, you can get them relatively cheap (depending on where you go) and they can be used over and over again.
A necklace is the most common accent piece for an outfit, but it’s also a needed one. A big, flashy necklace can really add enough show for the rest of an outfit to be more on the plain side. Necklaces are truly a staple for your wardrobe. They give great variety and switching out one accent necklace with another one can really change the tone of the outfit; you could quite literally have a whole different look with just that small change.
At least one blazer is an absolute necessity in your wardrobe. Blazers can be used for casual or dressy occasions. It’s only a pants change away from a work-filled day to a fun-filled night. Trade in your work pants for a pair of jeans and your blazer has suddenly become more casual. To make a statement, a brighter colored blazer paired with darker colors is a good choice. It also makes an outfit more fun.
You may not think of a skirt as an accent piece, but let me introduce you to this new concept. A black shirt with black tights and black shoes paired with either a solid color or a fun patterned skirt really makes a statement and makes the skirt pop. It’s a great look for any occasion, formal or casual.
Something that has always been a great staple accent piece is a purse or bag. Neutral colors in shirts and bottoms paired with a bright colored bag give a simple, modern and clean look with a sense of fun. The pop of color in the bag will make people notice you in a more subtle way than if you were to wear neon head to toe. It’s also especially nice for showing off your favorite bag.
Like bags, shoes have been great accent pieces since the beginning of fashion. Pairing neutrals, especially black or white, with a pop of color in a shoe makes for a sleek look and really makes the shoes stand out. This is especially a good look if you really want to make those brand new hot pink pumps you just bought the star of the show and the cause for conversation.
Emily Modrowski is a second-year Communication major.