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Accessory Essentials

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Accessory Essentials

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Accessory Essentials

Hats

A chic sun hat will not only keep aging ultraviolet rays from your face and hair—but with many more designs to choose from these days, it's an easy way to show off your personal style, too. Among the looks to consider: newsboy for golf pro chic; retro for mod moments; bucket for rainy days; wide-brimmed for ultimate sun protection.

Cold weather options: capeline to make a trench even chicer; beret for French flavor; trapper for those anorak days; cloche with a straight coat.

Jewelry
Simple but striking, jewelry can give everyday basics a new life. Finish off any look with a pair of simple gold hoops—save sparkling earrings for night—or opt for a large, chunky necklace for instant glamour. But avoid accessory overload by leaving chunky necklaces at home when you wear eye-catching designs on your ears.

Sunglasses
From instantly glamming up a T-shirt and jeans combo to hiding those telltale dark circles, sunglasses are definitely an accessory with purpose—to shield your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun, most importantly. But that doesn't mean every pair is suited to every person. Look for frames that accentuate your face shape, skin tone, and lifestyle.

Tights
Sometimes tights can make legs appear heavier than they really are. The trick is to choose finely knit fabrics and leg-lengthening patterns (like vertical stripes) and to coordinate the shade of the tights with the color of your shoes or boots. Or opt for hosiery with delicate, feminine, romantic details. Especially slimming shades: black, gray, navy, and chocolate.

Tote
A clunky bag does nothing for a suite or dress. Instead pick a roomy, sleek, well-structured leather tote. You'll look put together, and it will keep your papers, cell phone, makeup and more in place.

Watch
Wearing a timepiece is no longer just about helping you stick to a schedule. With the advancement of technology, today's tech-savvy designs tell you the outdoor temperature, the date, the direction you're heading in and so much more.

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