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The Ultimate Guide To Accessorizing Like A Pro

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1. Stack bracelets to give any outfit a personal, eye-catching accent. The trick to a great stack? Mixing the width and texture of your arm candy, while keeping a consistent color scheme.

Get the pre-mixed stack above for $118, or mix and match to create a custom set of three for $38 total, both from Baublebar.
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Get the pre-mixed stack above for $118, or mix and match to create a custom set of three for $38 total, both from Baublebar.

2. Similar rules apply when layering necklaces. Mix chunkier ones with more delicate pendants and, of course, make sure they're all slightly different lengths. You can also cheat and buy a statement necklace like the one below, which looks like two pieces but is actually only one (I won't tell).

Get necklace above for $48 or mix and match your own set of three necklaces for $48 total, both from Baublebar.
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Get necklace above for $48 or mix and match your own set of three necklaces for $48 total, both from Baublebar.

3. Pay attention to the neckline of your top or dress when picking out a necklace — certain lengths go better with different clothes.

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Most of this you can figure out through trial and error, playing with what looks best, and there are exceptions to every rule. But in general, a scoop neck or deep-V neckline calls for a necklace, and probably one that hits on your skin, not below the top's neckline. Short necklaces generally work better when they do hit above the neckline, but they can also work if what you're wearing hits high enough that it basically serves as a backdrop for the jewelry (in other words, the pendant part isn't half on skin and half on fabric). Long necklaces are even more versatile, working with high or low necklines, and even turtlenecks! The only thing they'd look a little awkward with is a square or other uniquely shaped neckline.

This is my personal take on the matter, but you can also find more great tips on which necklaces work best with which necklines from The Chriselle Factor.

Get the short heart necklace from Amazon for $1.98 (available in two colors) and the colorful pendant from Francesca's for $22.

4. Snag a long strand of faux pearls — everyone needs one, IMHO. They can literally be from the party store, it doesn't matter. No matter what, layering some of these babies over a dress-and-jacket combo, a sweater, or anything else lends an instant pinch of panache.

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Get the strand on the right from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors).

5. Give your look an edgy shot of texture by letting funky socks peek out.

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A ~fashionable~ pair of socks can be worn with pretty much any shoe. Of course, they'd look cool peeking out of the top of any kicks you'd normally wear socks with, like booties or sneaks. But a thin embellished or textured pair is also super high-fashion-looking with mules, heels, or yes, EVEN SANDALS.

If you do try the socks-and-sandals look, make sure the sandals have some sort of heel or platform. It's also generally better to avoid wearing socks with any shoes with super skinny or super thick straps. A medium-thickness strap with a little hight (like the ankle-strap babes on the right) looks chic, not clunky. Oh, and socks with rubber sandals are still a no-no.

Get the fishnet socks from Amazon for $2.12 and the leopard socks from Asos for $7.50.

6. When wearing a multicolored print, pick one of the less prominent colors in said print and make it pop by adding an accessory that matches that shade, be it a piece of jewelry, a bag, or, yes, a pocket square.

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Listen, if Cory from Queer Eye can do it, so can you.

7. Or work the same kind of magic with makeup. I've always been a firm believer in lipstick as an accessory, so use a bright red or pink to pull a similar shade out of a pattern or add a pop to a neutral look.

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Get the dress above from Modcloth for $79 (available in sizes S-XL and in two prints). Get a classic shade of red lipstick, Mac Ruby Woo, from Ulta for $18.50.

8. Upgrade your everyday stud earrings beyond basic gold or silver — an opalescent pair picks up the colors in any ensemble and is way more interesting.

Promising review: "These are absolutely gorgeous and just the right size for everyday wear. The coloring is bright and vibrant." —vickie lapkaGet them from Amazon for $8.84.
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Promising review: "These are absolutely gorgeous and just the right size for everyday wear. The coloring is bright and vibrant." —vickie lapka

Get them from Amazon for $8.84.

9. Don't be afraid to try the one earring trend. Rock a small stud in one ear and a major dangler in the other for an eclectic, high-fashion vibe.

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Free People has an awesome selection of earrings sold individually, which also means you can create your own marvelously mismatched pair. Also, this trend is perfect for people like me with a tendency to lose one earring and be stuck with a single one. Um, I meant do that, it's called fashion, look it up!

Get the resin bar earring for $16 (available in two colors) and the pearly shapes earring for $18 (available in three colors), both from Free People.

10. Mix up your scarf-tying game so you're knot stuck in a rut.

View this video on YouTube

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11. If you'd love to coordinate your bag to your outfit more often, but internally groan at the idea of moving all your shit in and out of your go-to carryall (same), try a handy purse organizer so all you have to do is move one pouch between bags.

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This one has 13 pockets and is waterproof!

Promising review: "This is such a great product. I love bags and I'm always changing them, which can be a bit messy if you're like me and carry your entire life with you. This is perfect. It has soooo much storage. I highly recommend it." —Wanderx

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes and in 30 colors and prints).

12. If you wear mostly solid colors or neutrals, invest in a patterned bag. Leopard, stripes, and even plaids and florals go with way more than you think.

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Heck, even if you wear a lot of prints, a patterned bag can be great. Don't be afraid to mix patterns. Florals are especially versatile, and work with stripes, animal prints, polka dots, plaid, and gingham.

Get deets on the outfit on the right from A Sparkle Factor, and get the bag on the left from Zappos for $57.98+ (available in two colors) or Amazon for $58.50+ (available in two colors).

13. When it comes to mixing patterns in accessories or clothes, the two most important things to remember are to make sure there's a similar color somewhere in the two prints and to pay attention to scale.

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The best pattern pairings have at least one color in common (see the black uniting the leopard and plaid or the floral and gingham, above). If there's no perfect match, it can still work, just make sure the color scheme is similar (in other words, a pastel floral won't work with dark stripes).

When it comes to proportions, you have two options. The first is to do two similar patterns of different sizes (big polka dots with small polka dots, little checks with big checks). The second is to do patterns in a similar scale but of different shapes (think florals with stripes or the plaid and leopard combo above). Adding a solid piece, be it a top, shoes, bag, or belt, to ground the look helps, too.

Check out this older BuzzFeed post for more tips on how to mix patterns like a pro.

14. Don't be afraid of a fanny pack (or, if you want to call it something a bit fancier, a ~belt bag~). It's a great hands-free option for things like concerts and outdoor events, and can even be worn across your torso like a crossbody instead of around your waist.

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Check out BuzzFeed's review of the one on the left here (#5).

Get the black one from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four designs) or the red one from Asos for $21.

15. If you're bored with your go-to bag, but don't want to splurge on a new one, give your carryall a fresh twist by adding a cute bag charm or keyring or replacing the strap.

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Get the tassel charm for $11.99+ (available in two sizes and nine colors) and the flowery strap for $13.99+ (available in 38 styles), both from Amazon.

16. Or try knotting a fave scarf around the handle of your bag for a look that screams "I just got off the red-eye from Paris."

Learn more ways to decorate bags with scarves from Sophie Shohet on Youtube.Get the bag above (which comes complete with the scarf) from Aldo for $55.
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Learn more ways to decorate bags with scarves from Sophie Shohet on Youtube.

Get the bag above (which comes complete with the scarf) from Aldo for $55.

17. Rock a (faux) layered look even when it's warm out by popping on a detachable collar with a round- or V-neck sweater, dress, or top.

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See BuzzFeed's review of this hummingbird collar (#1).

Promising review: "This collar is gorgeous! The beading and embroidery are so beautiful and detailed. I've worn this seven or eight times already, and every time I wear it I get compliments! I definitely recommend it!" —Nicole D.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

18. Spice up your wheels with some bright spoke covers that are just wheel-y cool, you guys.

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Irish brand Izzy Wheels collaborates with awesome artists to create high-fashion spoke covers and ships worldwide! Check out their full selection here.

Get the rainbow graphic ones from Izzy Wheels for $162.55 (available in three diameters) or the floral ones from ElliesArtwork on Etsy for $204.53 (available in four diameters).

19. Contrary to what you may have learned, mixing metals is A-OK. But if you're like me and still feel a little meh about pairing a silver bracelet with gold earrings, unite the look with one piece of mixed-metal jewelry that ties it all together.

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Get the necklace from matoto on Etsy for $14 (available in six lengths and two chain colors) and the earrings from CamileeDesigns on Etsy for $24.

20. A watch can be a perfect (and practical) addition to a bracelet stack. Because yes, I know, you already have a clock on your phone, so let the watch's function be fashion.

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Get more deets on the cute stack on the right from Fancy Things, and the sleek mint watch on the left from Amazon for $3.94 (available in three colors).

21. If you're looking to rock multiple rings, they can look super cool even if they're mismatched. Collect ones you love with personal significance and wear them all together, or speed up the process by buying an eclectic pre-made set.

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Get the set of four rhinestone rings on the left from Forever 21 for $5.90 and the set of nine gold ones on the right from Free People for $38 (available in six styles).

22. Don't dismiss brooches as pieces that only belong in your grandma's jewelry box. They make any jacket way more interesting, and can even be fastened on the strap of a dress or at the collar of a blouse when you don't have a necklace that fits the bill.

Get the scorpion (top) for $26.50 and the cactus (bottom) for $10.97, both from Banana Republic.
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Get the scorpion (top) for $26.50 and the cactus (bottom) for $10.97, both from Banana Republic.

23. When belting something other than pants, pay attention to proportions.

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Super skinny belts will get lost in a busy printed dress, but work well with tops or solid-colored pieces. A thick belt works better with dresses and jumpsuits than tops, but can work to cinch a jacket or sweater over your ensemble. And medium-thickness ones work with pretty much anything.

These general rules come from my experience as a belt-wearing human, but you can also find more great belting tips from Cosmopolitan.

Get the thin, medium, or thick belts above from Modcloth for $15 each (all available in two sizes: one size fits most for straight sizes; and plus sizes).

24. Want to wear a made-for-pants belt around your waist? Even if there aren't enough holes, just cinch it as tight as you want and make a knot. It'll keep it tight and add extra interest to your OOTD.

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Just know that this probably won't work with really stiff leather belts.

25. Learn a few easy headwrap styles that you'll actually have time to do in the morning.

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Check out more simple-yet-gorgeous headwrap tutorials from As/Is.

26. Opt for a fun hair tie to give your pony more pizzazz than basic black elastics can offer.

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You can use a small scarf or bandana you already own, or go for one with a built-in scrunchie like the ties above. Either way, it'll look super cute fastened around your wrist when it's time to let your hair down.

Get the bandana scrunchie for $12 (available in six colors) or the scarf scrunchie for $12, (available in six prints) both from Free People.

27. Think beyond basic black tights. Tights aren't just for staying warm — they can add a whole other level to a look. Fishnets are especially awesome, since they're so lightweight. Rock them with shorts, dresses, or even under ripped jeans.

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Fishnets provide endless styling options to get caught up in. I love pairing them with dresses you'd typically never wear tights with, like a maxi with a slit that shows 'em off when you move. You can even layer fishnets over a solid pair of colored tights for a wild going-out look.

Get them from Amazon for $2.97+ (available in five styles).

28. Learn which styles of sunglasses work best for your face shape, so you don't have to try on a million different kinds in search of the perfect fit. And don't worry, most styles work on multiple face shapes.

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Learn more about the best sunglasses for your face shape from Lifehacker.

Get the cat-eye shades on the left (which work best on heart-shaped and round faces) for $10.93+ (available in seven designs) or the aviator shades on the right (which work best on oval and square faces) for $12.97+ (available in eight colors), both from Amazon.

29. For a hip-yet-practical touch, try a glam sunglass strap that serves as jewelry and a way to ensure you don't lose your precious shades.

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Get it from Sintilla for $19.75 (available with black or clear attachment hooks) or Amazon for $19.75 (available in gold or silver). Find more cool ones here.

30. Upgrade an old pair of shoes or make a casual pair temporarily more ~formal~ with removable shoe clips, which are basically jewelry for your kicks!

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Get the rhinestone pair on the left for $11.19 and the faux pearl pair on the right for $14.85+ (available in six designs), both from Amazon.

31. Or zhuzh up your sneaks by sliding cute charms onto your shoelaces.

Get a pair from ilikeCATSshop on Etsy for $16.42.
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Get a pair from ilikeCATSshop on Etsy for $16.42.

32. Don't pigeonhole hats as mere bad-hair-day coverups. They're an effortlessly chic way to top off an outfit. A neutral Panama hat works on pretty much everyone, and you can wear it with absolutely everything this summer.

Learn more about the best hats for your face shape from Marie Claire.Get this hat from Urban Outfitters for $34 (available in three colors).
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Learn more about the best hats for your face shape from Marie Claire.

Get this hat from Urban Outfitters for $34 (available in three colors).

33. Personalize a plain denim jacket with an assortment of fun enamel pins.

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Get a set of 17 pins from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four combinations) and my personal favorite blank-canvas jean jacket from Madewell for $118 (available in sizes XXS-3X).

Check out more easy ways to change up your look.

Congratulations, you're now an accessory pro. You may even be able to tell the difference between those two belts from The Devil Wears Prada.

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