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6 Accessories That Can Instantly Transform an Outfit

You don't need a whole new wardrobe to give your outfits an update.

Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The importance of accessories in not only creating a sustainable wardrobe, but a stylish one too shouldn’t be underestimated.

It’s easy to believe the only way to create a new outfit is by buying something new, but with the use of accessories, you can easily transform an outfit you’ve grown bored with and fall in love with your clothes all over again.

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The plus-3 rule works on the idea that all good outfits include 3 statement pieces, which take it to the next level. Often it’s the little details that make a beautiful look, and more often than not, these statement pieces are accessories.

Whether it’s a statement bag, a headscarf or even a pair of socks, there’s so much to play with – and the best bit is that you probably already have them in your wardrobe.

What I’m trying to say is that accessories really do do the talking, and it’s time to make the most out of them. It’s what all the world’s most stylish women seem to do, from Emili Sindlev, to Dua Lipa.

Here are the pieces to pull out of your wardrobe and make better use out of now.

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Printed tights

It might not yet be the season for statement tights, but they’re set to be big for AW21. Adding them to a printed dress or simple LBD elevates it instantly, as shown by Sara Brown.

Frida Kahlo Face 40 Denier Fishnet Tights Calzedonia

Frida Kahlo Face 40 Denier Fishnet Tights, now £9, Calzedonia – buy now

Rhonda 50 DEN Women Tights FALKE x Liberty

Rhonda 50 DEN Women Tights, £69, FALKE x Liberty – buy now

ASOS DESIGN swirl printed tights in pastel tones

Swirl Printed Tights in Pastel Tones, £10, ASOS DESIGN – buy now


Shades might seem like a small detail, but they can pack a punch. Opt for oversized and 70s styles for maximum impact.

Tortoiseshell oversize sunglasses - Mango

Tortoiseshell Oversize Sunglasses, £17.99, Mango – buy now

Oversized Square Tortoise Sunglasses & Other Stories

Oversized Square Tortoise Sunglasses, £29, & Other Stories – buy now

ASOS DESIGN recycled frame chunky oversized 70s square sunglasses in green

Chunky 70s Sunglasses, £14, ASOS DESIGN – buy now

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Head scarves

Colour Block Printed Satin Scarf & Other Stories

Colour Block Printed Satin Scarf, £29, & Other Stories – buy now


Floral Silk Scarf, £27.99, Zara – buy now

Square Silk Scarf Arket

Square Silk Scarf, £39, Arket – buy now


Whether you opt for a bucket, straw or fedora, adding a hat is a simple way to jazz up an outfit.

Ribbon Tie Straw Visor Hat & Other Stories

Ribbon Tie Straw Visor Hat, £23, & Other Stories – buy now

Canvas sun hat h&m

Canvas Sun Hat, £12.99, H&M – buy now

Bucket Hat Arket

Bucket Hat, now £22, Arket – buy now

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Colour pop bags

Karen Britchick wearing statement green Bottega Veneta bag and blue maxi dress

When it comes to arm candy, go bold or go home. Follow Karen’s lead and add neon hues to your outfits for an even bolder look.


Quilted Leather Bag With Chain, £59.99, Zara – buy now

Rigid baguette bag - Mango

Rigid Baguette Bag, £19.99, Mango – buy now

STAUD Tommy leather-trimmed beaded shoulder bag

Tommy Leather-Trimmed Beaded Shoulder Bag, £215, STAUD at Matches Fashion – buy now

Statement shoes

If you’re anything like me, you have plenty of statement shoes in your closet that never see the light of day. This is your sign to dig them out.

Strappy Platform Sandals Zara

Strappy Platform Sandals, £29.99, Zara – buy now

South Cow boots alohas

South Cow Boots, now £129, Alohas – buy now

Pierra Kurt Geiger London

Pierra Sandals, £129, Kurt Geiger London – buy now

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