It happens to us all: We fling open our drawers and our closet doors only to declare, “I have nothing to wear!” In truth, we’re probably lamenting that we have nothing new and therefore “exciting” to wear. But that’s a different article for a different time. Right now I want to talk about an easy and “exciting” way out of this situation. The way forward, my friends, lies in recognizing the power of statement pieces. You know what a statement necklace is, the J.Crew bubble necklace has been making the rounds for the last few years. But that’s not the only statement you can make. From shoes and belts to bags and other baubles, the addition of just one accessory can turn your LBWhatever into a look you’ve never worn before. Here are 10 pieces to wow your wardrobe this season — and nothing costs more than $68.
I can see this over a slouchy gray tank top or dress. I can see it over a button-up shirt. On a sunny day in LA, I can see it over a bikini and nothing else.
$29.80 at Forever 21.
Think of the layering possibilities here. Dresses become a top and skirt. One day you're rocking black underneath, the next it's cream and then a pattern. See, different every time.
$59.99 at Mango.
I, personally, love the punk vibe a shredded sweater has. It can lend edge to your sweetest frocks, or more edge to your already edgy pieces. Statement made.
$58.00 at Nasty Gal.
New manicure trend is nail polish that finishes with an interesting pattern after you pass the included magnet over it. Not your average look.
$9.99 at Ulta.
Walk Like an Egyptian
Throwbacks to ancient times are always cool, always sexy and for some reason, always relevant. Earrings like these make us think of pharaohs and cat eyes.
$65.00 at Lucky Brand.
This out-there piece definitely needs to be worn with basics, which is why it's begging to be a go-to statement. This one in particular has a removable gold foil pouch in the center. Two-for alert.
$50 at Nasty Gal.
I've had my eye on sandals like these for a minute. Sure this pair is a less expensive version of the original design, but are you likely to wear these past one season? Probably not. For now, though, they are a perfect way to punch up your dresses from last summer.
$38.50 at Charlotte Russe.
Never ever underestimate the power of a belt to add a fresh feeling to your standbys. Before you grab your typical brown, black or leopard number, consider one with metallic style, or an extra textural addition like the bow. Envisioning this belt with peplum tops as well as dresses.
$68.00 at Cusp.
As we've displayed, color and texture are one way to add a pop, as are old school references. But, having something that feels totally unique and unexpected is another way to stand out. Hit up vintage shops and flea markets for jewelry you're not likely to find anywhere else. Or scoop up this pair of snake earrings from Piperlime.
$22 at Piperlime.
Gladiator sandals are nothing new, literally. But, consider an exaggerated pair. The more straps on the cage, the higher it extends up your leg...the more it's going to get noticed.
$45 at J.C.Penney.