7 Must Have Accessories For Your Closet | Build a Better Closet #1

An outfit isn’t complete without accessories. Whenever I think of the word accessory, I picture extravagant or flashy jewelry, which I am not the biggest fan of. I like completing my outfits with subtle details. If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed that there are a few pieces that are consistent within each outfit that I create. In this post, I’m sharing seven basic accessories that I find myself always using. I’ve also put together some pieces within a certain price range so that you can shop around. Just click the links!

This is going to be the first post of my Build a Better Closet series. I’ve learned that the best way to create your wardrobe is to buy basic pieces that you can pair with other pieces to create different outfits. Sometimes, buying something that you only end up wearing once is not worth it. I hope this helps!

7 basic accessories that you need in your closet:

1. A watch

A watch is my favorite accessory. If you look at all of my outfit posts, most of the time I’m wearing one. Watches are classy and they match with nearly any type of outfit- whether it be casual, semi formal, etc. The watch I’m wearing in the photo above is from Kate Spade. In the first photo, the watches left to right are from: Kate Spade, Fossil, and Kate Spade.  If you’re looking for a durable but stylish watch, I highly recommend Fossil and Kate Spade. Their watches can be pricey, but if you’re wearing a watch everyday, I would say that the price is worth it. It’s an investment ;).

Watches UNDER $50

Watches UNDER $150


2. A Baseball Cap

Let’s be honest. You can’t have a perfect hair day everyday. Lately, the weather has been pretty hot, and I don’t feel like using heat products on my hair all the time. Baseball caps are perfect for disguising a bad hair day. I’m a huge Warriors fan (I live in the Bay Area!), which is why I’m wearing this Warriors cap. Any Warriors or basketball fans out there?!

Baseball CAPS UNDER $35


3. Stud Earrings

Just like a watch, stud earrings make their appearance in almost all of my outfits. There are so many different cute stud earrings styles! I love wearing these neutral colored studs from Kate Spade since they can be paired with any color, and they’re not too extravagant.

Stud earrings UNDER $40



Whenever I drive, I can’t leave the house without my sunnies. Sunglasses are accessories that also serve as a personal necessity- to help protect one’s eyes from the sun. Sunglasses are another item that should be invested in. I’ve found that it’s better to spend a bit more on sunglasses since the cheaper ones tend to break easily. The glasses that I always wear are from Kate Spade. If you haven’t caught on yet, I love Kate Spade’s accessories, haha! If you go to a Kate Spade outlet, you can usually get their accessories for an additional half off.

Sunglasses UNDER $50

Sunglasses UNDER $150


5. A Statement necklace

Statement necklaces are like the cherry on top. They can be worn to glam up a casual outfit (ex: plain tee and a skirt), and they can also be worn to give a semi formal outfit like the one I’m wearing above extra shine. Check out my post 3 Ways to Style a Pink Maxi to see more pictures of this outfit!

Statement necklaces under $25


6. An Everyday purse

Purses are a MUST HAVE. I use my Cole Haan purse everywhere I go, even when I’m traveling! It’s small and light, so it’s easy to carry around. If you had to have one purse in your closet, I recommend getting a purse that has a shoulder strap and isn’t bulky. It’s perfect for when you are on the go. Shoes and purses are two things that I am always tempted to buy.

Everyday Purses UNDER $50

Everyday Purses UNDER $150


7. A Tote

Tote bags are also a must have for work or school. They’re stylish and versatile. There’s a lot of space in a tote, so you can easily carry around your books, papers, snacks, make up, etc. I love my Madewell Transport Tote, especially! It’s light, durable, and made from the prettiest leather. I’ve worn it to school and used it when I was traveling.

Totes UNDER $50

Totes UNDER $150


Is there any accessory that I’m missing? What type of accessory do you use the most? Thanks for reading!

blaze ann


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  • Marion Collins

    Thanks for the suggestions. We love that pink maxi skirt.
    Marilyn and Marion

  • Leian Cornelius

    Love all your suggestions, especially the stud earrings 🙂 I will check them out.

  • Lea H

    These are some pretty good closet essentials. I love your watches and the pink skirt looks amazing!
    Lea, xx

  • This is a great idea for a post! I love all your purse picks! So cute!

  • Lauren

    Great post! All of those things are an essential for a great wardrobe!


  • Looks like I need to go shopping for a baseball cap and a statement necklace 🙂 wooooo

  • Lynn White

    Yes to all of these. Was hoping I wouldn’t have one them so I’d have an excuse to go shopping! LOL

  • Great reminder that it is time to renew these items!

  • Your list is fantastic and so on point. I don’t like caps so i would add a scarf instead.

  • Melinda Anderson

    Such a great post! And your style is fantastic!

  • I love all the accessories you have on your list. Your statement necklace is pretty!

  • You’re giving me serious shopping urges, haha. I really want a Yankees hat!

  • Such great accessories! I love fun purses, totes and cute earrings. Sunnies are a cool addition too! You are killin it in that hat. It’s amazing how an accessory can change an entire look…love your closet!

  • Brittani Douglas

    Some really cute accessories! Being a mom of 2 young kids, makes wearing accessories a little bit more challenging. Though I love that you included a watch. Whenever I leave the house, I always try to make sure I have my watch on.

  • Mika Yoshimura

    Yess! Agree with all the items 🙂 I need to get a new watch though…recently broke my fave one

  • Amanda K

    These are all great! I love the monogram tote.

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • The only one i’m missing is the baseball cap! But I really don’t think I can pull one off. Haha my boyfriend can though!

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk