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Accessories Every Woman Should Own

Basic Essential Accessories for Every Woman

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In the world of fashion, accessories matter just as much as clothing. While there's an endless variety of accessories available to fit your unique personality and style, there are standard items that every woman should have. These pieces are basic accessories that are versatile and compatible enough for any wardrobe. Prepare yourself for every occasion with this list of essential accessories.

1. Pearl Necklace

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Overstock.com

Pearl necklaces are a timeless, classic accessory that will never get old. You can dress up practically any outfit with a pearl necklace. This White Cultured Pearl Necklace, available at Overstock.com for $72.99, would be great for those last minute dates and dinner parties. Don't be hesitant to spend a little more than usual on a pearl necklace; you'll be sure to use it for years to come.

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2. Black or Brown Leather Belt

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Zappos.com

A staple in fashion for both men and women, a basic, solid colored belt is an accessory must-have. Choose a belt in either black or brown -- or even one of each -- for a functional yet fashionable accessory. You may even be able to find reversible belts featuring black on one side, and brown on the other. Regardless of your style, leather belts will add a polished look to your outfit.

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3. Floppy Hat

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A floppy hat is the go-to accessory during the summer months. With lightweight material and a wide brim, you'll be all set for a cool day in the sun. For optimal versatility, choose a hat in a neutral color like natural straw or black. You'll be able to wear it with every single one of your favorite summer outfits.

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4. Black Opaque Tights

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Suitable for both work and special occasions, black tights will add a formal touch to your outfit. Regardless of the prints and colors in the rest of your ensemble, a pair of black opaque tights will complete the look. These DKNY '412' Control Top Black Opaque Tights would be perfect for the job. You can buy them at Nordstrom for just $14.50.

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5. Statement Necklace

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Forever21.com

Once you choose a statement necklace that reflects your taste and style, it will be your new go-to accessory, even when it's the only piece of jewelry you wear. It's great for those days when you're in a rush, as it will complete your outfit while still encompassing your sense of style. Your statement necklace can be anything from bold and bright to dainty and feminine.

Don't forget to check out my top picks in statement necklaces that will spice up your wardrobe.

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6. Leather Handbag

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Overstock.com

Whether or not you're a purse kind of woman, you can't deny that a simple, basic handbag is an accessory must-have. A bag in a neutral color will coordinate with a wide variety of outfits, while holding all of your daily essentials. This Nine West Foxie Medium Satchel is available in black and brown, both of which are ideal colors for every woman's closet. Grab it at Overstock.com for less than $20.

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7. Black Leather Gloves

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Reiss.com
A pair of black leather gloves is another timeless accessory that will live on through every fall and winter season. It looks especially chic with peacoats and trench coats, and will coordinate perfectly with every outfit. Not only will they keep your hands warm, but the sturdy material will last you for years to come.

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8. Neutral Colored Scarf

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A scarf in a neutral shade will easily become your ultimate chilly weather accessory. Even if you decide to wear the latest trends, this scarf will fit into your outfit like a gem. Wool and knit scarves in brown, beige, gray and black are all great options for a neutral colored scarf.

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9. Sunglasses

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Contrary to what most people may think, a pair of sunglasses is a necessary item for year round accessorization. Choose a pair of shades that isn't trend specific, letting you protect your eyes during any season. Keep in mind that your face shape is an important factor in picking out a good pair of sunglasses.

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10. Wristlet

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Wristlets are extremely useful when you're on the go. They're big enough to hold your most needed items (cell phone, keys, cash, credit cards) but small enough to carry around with one hand. The wrist strap adds extra security, while the compact size makes it easy to grab and go. Wristlets made with waterproof material -- such as nylon or leather -- are great options when looking for this staple accessory.

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