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How to Amp Up Your Back-to-School Look with Accessories


White tee and jeans street style looks
Photos Courtesy of ELLE: 1, 2, 3

Who says fashion has to be complicated? Sometimes the best outfits are the ones that take minimal effort. A white tee and jeans can look surprisingly chic when styled with the perfect accessory.

Taking inspiration from this article, I decided to put together a collection of my own “outfit completers” to share with you for back-to-school styling ideas.

Here are four of my go-to accessories that will finish off even the most basic outfit. Rock one (or more!) and you’ll wow everyone on campus with your effortless style!

Statement Necklaces

Set of statement necklaces
White Tee, Boyfriend Jeans, Necklaces (Top Left, Top Right, Bottom Middle)

Take the old white tee and jeans combo up a notch by accessorizing with a dazzling statement necklace – you’ll go from casual to fancy in two seconds flat. Because in the words of Iggy Azalea, “I’m so fancy, you already know.”

This is also a fantastic way to add some color to an otherwise neutral ensemble. Blue, green, purple, pink… as shown with the multicolored necklaces above, the sky’s the limit when it comes to brightening up an outfit.

Fun Hats

Hats white tee and jeans look
White TeeBoyfriend Jeans, Hats (Top, Middle, Bottom)

So many hats, so little time. I love adding hats to outfits for two reasons. First of all, hats are extremely practical since they keep the bright sun out of your eyes. Second, it instantly makes an outfit look more put-together.

The only downside? The person sitting behind you in your lecture class might be a little annoyed that they can’t see over your impeccably styled head. Ah, the prices we must pay for fashion…

Unique Bags

Cute statement bags
White TeeBoyfriend Jeans, Bags (Top, Middle, Bottom)

Although it is often the under-appreciated cousin of the statement necklace, the statement bag is here to save the day when it comes to bland outfits. A true example of fashion meets function, statement bags can make any ensemble special.

From backpacks to crossbody bags to clutches, there are so many styles to choose from! Opt for a bright color or even an interesting pattern, such as the geometric print backpack featured above, for a unique look.

Colorful Shoes

Colorful shoes
White TeeBoyfriend Jeans, Shoes (Blue, Red, Yellow, Green)

While it is often tempting to limit yourself to buying only neutral colored shoes because they match everything, I firmly believe that every girl should own at least one colorful pair of shoes. A good pair of vibrant shoes will make any outfit pop.

I personally love these cobalt stilettos, but if you’re going for a more comfortable look, try wearing a brightly-colored pair of sneakers or TOMS with a white tee and jeans. You’ll look amazing from head-to-toe.

Your Thoughts?

Which of these “outfit completers” is your favorite? Do you have any other accessories that you often use to upgrade a basic outfit? How do you feel about wearing hats to class? Let us know by sounding off in the comments!

Posted on on August 3, 2014 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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6 Responses to “How to Amp Up Your Back-to-School Look with Accessories”

  1. 1
    August 3rd, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Wow, you have a point there. I owned mostly neutral colored shoes for they actually match everything. And I think now is the time to buy atleast a pair of vibrant colored shoes! Thanks for all this tips. Truly helpful.

  2. 2
    August 3rd, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I really love adding a nice statement necklace to complete a simple outfit and I’ve recently started getting into hats to add a cool touch to something more minimalist.

  3. 3
    August 4th, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Katarina, great post, this is pretty much my go-to plan when I wake up late or have casual last minute plans come up, because you just can’t go wrong.

    Love that you did this, considering you live in Florida, it adds dimension without using layers and that is advice all of us need when going back-to-campus in weather that is still meant for summer break!

  4. 4
    August 5th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I can totally see myself stealing my girlfriend’s colorful converse and throw on a statement necklace to do this for myself on a late morning :)

  5. 5
    August 8th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    So glad you ladies enjoyed this post! I always love hearing your feedback!

  6. 6
    August 8th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Just would like to point out in the hats department that berets are fabulous because 1) they’re French, 2) they’re not as common a fashion choice and most importantly 3) you don’t get people complaining about how they can’t see over your head.

    Loved the post :)

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