Smart accessories are crucial when it comes to upping the wow factor of your standard uniform—especially for women in their 20s—when disposable income is limited. Save your paycheck for trying new restaurants and make the most of your existing wardrobe by dressing up basics with gorgeous accessories. Choose wisely and you’ll be able to rock these pieces day and night—on and off the clock. Here, the 10 items needed for every budget.
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Accessories You Need In Your 20s
A crossbody bag is brilliant for happy hour and any occasion when you want to keep your hands free. Look for styles with a zipper—or at the very least a flap closure—to ensure nothing gets stolen.
Whether you are bound for Coachella, a weekend trip to the beach or simply want to look cool at Sunday brunch, a wide-brim hat is a staple worth investing in for protecting your skin and looking polished.
Eye-catching earrings effortlessly segue a work ensemble from day to night—especially for a dinner date when earrings get a lot of face time.
Classic pumps in black are obviously a great styling piece, but if you only get one pair, opt for a nude that suits you. Nude hues will elongate legs, work with a myriad of colorful outfits and carry you through all manner of summer weddings and events.
Have fun with mirrored sunnies in festival-ready shades like hot pink, purple or green.
A buttery leather belt is the ultimate accessory to add polish to printed sundresses, knit tunics and crisp white shirts.
Multitaksing Phone Case
Stay nimble with a phone case that can house essentials like your drivers license, cash and business cards.
Stilettos in vibrant red will transform your outfit (and your mood!) instantly. Keep them under your desk so you can throw them on when you go out straight from the office.
Rock pristine white kicks with everything from floaty dresses to wide-leg trousers since you can pull it off.
Chic Passport Cover
In your 20s, you should be traveling the world and racking up frequent flyer miles. Buy a chic passport cover in a loud color so you never misplace it and can find easily in the bottomless pit that is your carryon bag.