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The right accessories can completely transform an outfit. What started off as a staple dress can be turned into a jaw-dropping ensemble. That t-shirt and jeans combo could become a hip party outfit. In the world of fashion, accessories are everything. However, knowing how to accessorize is no easy feat. What works for a dinner party won’t necessarily work for lunch with the girls. To help you get it right, here are the perfect accessories for every occasion.

Casual Day Wear

A lot of people think it’s too over the top, accessorizing during the day. Actually, it’s one of the best times to dress a look up. There are some really subtle looks you can go for when wearing casual outfits. Just coordinating your belt and bag can do the trick. Perhaps a pastel neck scarf, to add some color. Minimal jewelry is also another must-have. A classic watch or a few cute rings is all it needs. A white tee and jeans can suddenly become a hot, on-trend outfit. An outfit that makes heads turn.

Lunch Dates

This is a step up from your casual day wear, but still something you don’t want to be too over the top. You can go a little bit more dramatic when the jewelry if you’re on a lunch date. We’re talking earrings, necklaces and bracelets that match. Consider the shoes you’re wearing too. Try to coordinate them with your bag and belt, for a more polished look. Leather wallets are a great accessory for a lunch date. After all, you want to show off your style even when you’re paying your half. A calf length skirt with tee tucked in is a real hot look right now. Make sure you finish it off with a waist belt for the perfect lunch date outfit.

Dinner Parties

It’s the perfect excuse to get out that little black dress. However, an LBD can look boring if you don’t accessorize. This is where you can really go to town with the different types of accessories. You want to create a look that no one else will be wearing. Pick three key pieces you want to highlight your style. We recommend one piece of jewelry, your shoes and your handbag. These three should all match in color or theme. A silver shoe, bag and bangle is a prime example. Leave everything else simple. Whatever you do, don’t opt for all black everything. It’s a dinner party, not a funeral.

Night on the Town

Planning a big night out with all the girls? Less could be more when it comes to accessorizing. Too many of us overcompensate with accessories when you go out to bars and nightclubs. Actually, you could be detracting from the main event. You, of course! A discreet clutch bag and matching shoes could be all you need. If you’re planning on wearing jewelry, then try to keep it classy. Big and bold pieces with a cocktail dress will only make you look cheap.

You’re now prepared with accessories for every occasion. Revamp your wardrobe with just a few small changes. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make.