Six Under-$40 Accessories to Step Up Your Social Distancing Look

In case your loungewear look needs a little pick-me-up.

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Girl in black shirt and coral orange scrunchie.
Image via Urban Outfitters

If you’re anything like me, one of the things you miss most about life pre-COVID-19 is getting dressed up for the day.

Of course, you can still wear something special while social distancing… and you totally should if you want to! But for many of us, there’s something about staying home that makes you want to wear your most comfortable clothes.

If you’ve decided cozy outfits are your jam but you still want to look cute, there’s a compromise: accessorizing!

{See Related: Hottest Accessory Trends of 2020}

Let me show you how to accessorize with these six budget friendly steals that will be just the pick-me-up you need for the wildness that is spring 2020.

1. Gorjana Huggie Hoop Earrings

Gorjana Fuchsia Crystal Huggie Hoop Earrings
Get them at Shopbop for $31.50 (on sale)

Since you are probably spending most of your time studying, you probably want to feel as comfortable as possible so that you can concentrate on what you’re doing. This means no bulky jewelry pieces that could get in the way of things.

Enter: These pretty Gorjana huggie hoop earrings. Not only will they add a little pop of color to your outfit; they’re also great to throw on if you want to look a bit more “together” for any online classes.

2. 8 Other Reasons Layered Chain Necklace

How to accessorize 2020: 8 Other Reasons Layered Chain and Neon Bead Necklace
Get it at Revolve for $14.00 (on sale)

If spring 2020 has your style totally in a tizzy and you can’t figure out how to accessorize, this 8 Other Reasons necklace is exactly what you need.

Layered necklaces are a trend that’s been around for a while and won’t be going away anytime soon.

Like the earrings featured above, this necklace is also comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time without becoming cumbersome.

3. Light Pink Alpaca Crew Socks

How to accessorize 2020: Light Pink Heather Alpaca Crew Socks
Get them at HotSox for $5.25 (on sale)

I don’t know about you, but I love a good pair of animal print socks. These sweet light pink alpaca crew socks are no exception!

They are perfect if you want to add a flavor of uniqueness to your stay at home outfit. I mean, how many people out there own alpaca socks?!

Additionally, they’re practically guaranteed to make you smile every time you put them on – something we could all use these days!

4. Pale Green Polka Dot Scarf

Madewell Pale Green Polka Dot Jacquard Scarf
Get it at Madewell for $39.99 (on sale)

If you’re the type of person who likes to get all cozied up with layers, you will love this chic pale green polka dot scarf.

Guess what?! This scarf is big enough to wrap around yourself like a blanket! But, it’s also made of a light enough fabric that you can totally accessorize with it on warm spring days… which 2020 so far has aplenty!

Plus, it gives off a super classy vibe that’ll make any outfit look more luxurious. Bonus: You can totally use it to cover up your worn-out tee that has a day-old spaghetti stain on it when you have to hop on Zoom, because… that’s real life.

5. Glitter Hair Clip Duo

How to accessorize 2020: Multi-Colored Glitter Hair Clip Duo
Get it at & Other Stories for $15.00

We’ve been social distancing for long enough that you may feel that your hair isn’t looking quite as polished as it did a few weeks ago. This is especially true if you have bangs of any sort.

We get it. 2020 isn’t good on our hair, but instead of googling “how to trim my own bangs,” opt to accessorize instead. That’s where these darling hair clips come in. Reach for one or both of them to keep your hair out of your face while going about your daily tasks.

Stay away from the scissors. Your future self will thank you!

6: Purple Mesh Scrunchie

Purple Mesh Scrunchie Urban Outfitters
Get it at Urban Outfitters for $8.00

If you ever put your hair in a ponytail, bun, or braid, you’re probably using basic black hair elastics from the drugstore.

If you find yourself becoming bored with the same old hair elastics, why not try something new, like this fun purple mesh scrunchie? This cute piece will instantly give your outfit a dose of ’80s-inspired flare.

Not to mention, this bright shade will look amazing against any hair color!

How do you accessorize your spring 2020 looks?

What are your tips and tricks for how to accessorize during the madness of 2020? How are you making loungewear look more put together? What’s your favorite accessory right now?

Let me know in the comments!

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