Building a Basic Woman’s Accessory Wardrobe

Every woman has a wardrobe. No matter what your job is, it requires clothing. From the highest executive to the waitress, the factory worker and the stay home Mom, everyone has clothing that on its own is utilitarian but with the addition of accessories becomes fashion. You don’t have to spend a fortune on your clothing or your accessories. You just need to know what every wardrobe needs and how to use it to the best advantage.

A basic accessories wardrobe will include shoes, purses, hats, scarves, belts and jewelry. Not every woman will have the same number of each item, your budget and your occupation will have an effect on how many you need. If you have an occupation where you dress formally everyday then you will require a larger number of accessories to stretch that formal wardrobe. No matter what your occupation, however, every outfit every day will benefit from accessories.


Most women will agree that there is no such thing as too many pairs of shoes. Most outfits will just look better with a specific pair of shoes. A basic shoe wardrobe needs to include flats, heels and of course, casual shoes. If money is an issue, one pair of dressy black shoes and one brown are a necessity and of course weekend shoes which encompasses everything from flip flops to Converse sneakers.

For those with a more generous budget, a splurge, a fashion color in the heel height of your choice. Why not consider a strappy heel or a flat in silver or gold which can be quite dressy. For most women, this will be not nearly enough especially when there are plaids, tweeds, bright colors, jewel tones and so much more.


While shoes are the accessory of choice of many women, for others it is the purse. What is necessary is an everyday bag and at least one evening bag. If you are like many woman, you will want a purse to match every pair of shoes that you own and that is okay too.


Hats go in and out of fashion but it you love hats you need a minimum of two, one for summer and one for winter. Basically you will choose your winter hat to match your winter coat and the summer hat will go along with your beach wear. For the hat lover, this is just the tip of the iceberg and you will want to own a beret, a baseball cap and maybe a newsboy cap.


The scarf is one of the most important fashion accessories and you can get a lot of mileage out of a scarf wardrobe. If you choose several scarves that are multicolored they can be used with a multitude of outfits and for a variety of occasions.


Most woman can get away with a minimal amount of belts. One leather and one chain is the basic number and with the additional use of scarves as a belt you can extend your options.


Your jewelry truly reflects your personality. The basic pieces include your watch, a short and a long necklace, a cuff bracelet and a chain bracelet and several pairs of earring. You can go with costume jewelry or precious metals and stones. Most women own a combination. These days, a Pandora type bracelet is a must in most women accessory wardrobe along with Alex and Ani.

Beads can transcend the seasons and are inexpensive both in bracelets and necklaces.


No accessory wardrobe would be complete without sunglasses. Designer glasses have never been more popular but you can get a very classic look with a pair of bargain shades.

Accessories are what personalizes your look. When it comes to building a basic woman’s accessory wardrobe you should start with a few basic pieces and add to it as your career and income allow. You can never have too many unless you live in a tiny house

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