What are the top 10 accessories everyone needs?

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    PHOTO: A Portable Package

    The answer to this question does tend to change from time to time—what was considered an “essential” or a “basic” in the ‘80s is very different than what we want today—but here’s a pretty fool-proof list.

    Image from A Portable Package

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    Must-Have #1: A Nude Pump

    You can get a lot of mileage out of a simple, clean, nude pump. Look for something that’s as close to your natural skin tone as possible, and use it to add sophistication to all-white, all-black, or all-over print looks. Think of these shoes as an extension of your gams!

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    Must-Have #2: A Metallic Clutch

    A little clutch or pouch in gold or silver can dress up even a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Think of your little handbag as a piece of jewelry—with function!

     

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    Must-Have #3: A Wear-With-Everything Watch

    Watch trends ebb and flow, but this is one accessory that’s simply essential for a woman on the go. Invest in a watch that is classic and timeless in its look, and will mix and match well with everything from your work gear to a summer dress. A nice silver, gold, or even rose gold watch is a no-brainer, while one with a metal face and a good quality leather strap in either black or brown can do the trick as well.

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    Must-Have #4: A Cross-Body Bag

    Every woman should own a medium-size cross-body bag that will be your go-to catchall for every farmers market, flea market, sporting event, or vacation you will ever go on. Ideally the bag has a comfortable, long strap and several pockets to help organize your essentials. A nice cognac or saddle brown leather tends to work with everything, but a black one can definitely be a trusty travel companion as well.

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    Must-Have #5: Diamond or Rhinestone Earrings

    If your outfit or necklace is stealing the show, pull out little diamond or diamond-looking studs to finish the outfit in a chic way. A little sparkle feels grown up and sweet, and never goes out of style.

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    Must-Have #6: A Chapeau

    A wide-brim hat in a go-with-anything color can add insta-style, protect you from the sun, and hide a not-so-great hair day

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    Must-Have #7: A Boyish Belt

    A worn-in brown leather belt is absolutely vital when adding that touch of effortlessness. A luggage-brown leather belt, either flat or braided, completes a denim ensemble, adds casualness to an all-black outfit, and helps add interest to a flowy sundress. 

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    Must-Have #8: A Red Flat

    You would not believe how many outfits and occasions call for a red flat. A little red flat, perhaps in a ballet style, is just the right amount of color for an otherwise neutral outfit, and can hold its own from summer to winter.

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    Must-Have #9: A Cute Canvas Tote

    The key to being multi-faceted women is to stay organized in a stylish way!  A sturdy canvas tote can hold everything from your computer to your gym clothes. Try a classic—a la L.L. Bean or Lands’ End—with a splash of color and of course, a monogram.

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    Must-Have #10: Aviators or Wayfarer Sunglasses

    In order to simplify your daily accessorizing, always have a good old pair of classic sunglasses—like an aviator or a Wayfarer—in your arsenal. They never go out of style and look great with your entire wardrobe.

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Extra Large Natural Open Top Canvas Tote

Extra Large Natural Open Top Canvas Tote

Lands’ End, $36
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Canvas with Leather Tote

Canvas with Leather Tote

Mark and Graham, $149
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Striped Tote Bags

Striped Tote Bags

West Elm, $24
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Modern Tote

Modern Tote

Mark and Graham, $150
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The Cendrillon Patent-Leather Flats

The Cendrillon Patent-Leather Flats

Repetto, $270
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Scrunch Leather Ballerina Flats

Scrunch Leather Ballerina Flats

Lanvin, $495
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Varina Patent Ballerina Flats

Varina Patent Ballerina Flats

Salvatore Ferragamo, $450
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Pointed-Toe Pumps

Pointed-Toe Pumps

Saint Laurent, $625
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Leather Pumps

Leather Pumps

Gianvito Rossi, $645
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Abel Leather Pointy-Toe Pumps

Abel Leather Pointy-Toe Pumps

Jimmy Choo, $575
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Square-Toe Glossed-Leather Pumps

Square-Toe Glossed-Leather Pumps

Nicholas Kirkwood, $650
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Pigalle Pumps

Pigalle Pumps

Christian Louboutin, $625
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Raveheart Metallic Clutch

Raveheart Metallic Clutch

Marc by Marc Jacobs, $238
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Letters Medium Metallic Zip Clutch

Letters Medium Metallic Zip Clutch

Saint Laurent, $525
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Mirror Metallic Bar Clutch

Mirror Metallic Bar Clutch

J.Crew, $148
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440 Metallic Elaphe Clutch

440 Metallic Elaphe Clutch

Diane von Furstenberg, $265
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Gold-Plated Steel Chronograph

Gold-Plated Steel Chronograph

Michael Kors, $229
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Mercer Gold-Tone and Leather Chronograph

Mercer Gold-Tone and Leather Chronograph

Michael Kors, $225
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Rock Chronograph Watch

Rock Chronograph Watch

Marc by Marc Jacobs, $250
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GSG Electronic Milanese Watch

GSG Electronic Milanese Watch

Lip Watches, $370
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Himalaya 1954 Watch

Himalaya 1954 Watch

LIP Watches, $350
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Maike Cross Body

Maike Cross Body

Liebeskind, $148
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MAC Bag

MAC Bag

Rebecca Minkoff, $295
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Suede Igor Shoulder Bag

Suede Igor Shoulder Bag

Jerome Dreyfuss, $720
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Adjustable Strap Saddle Bag

Adjustable Strap Saddle Bag

Marni, $990
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Diamond Stud Earrings

Diamond Stud Earrings

Ileana Makri, $2715
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Round Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings

Round Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings

Nadri, $38
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Boxed Round Cubic Zirconia Earrings

Boxed Round Cubic Zirconia Earrings

Nordstrom, $52
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Rhodium-Plated Cubic Zirconia Earrings

Rhodium-Plated Cubic Zirconia Earrings

Kenneth Jay Lane, $35
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Platinum Diamond Earrings

Platinum Diamond Earrings

Cartier, $price upon request
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Angie Hat

Angie Hat

Janessa Leone, $150
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Tina Hat

Tina Hat

Jennifer Ouellette, $485
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Vera Hat

Vera Hat

Janessa Leone, $150
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Vera Hat

Vera Hat

Janessa Leone, $150
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Joanna Wide Brim Hat

Joanna Wide Brim Hat

Albertus Swanepoel, $365
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Classic Fedora

Classic Fedora

Saint Laurent, $950
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Distressed Leather Belt

Distressed Leather Belt

Wallace & Barnes, $48
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Perfect Leather Belt

Perfect Leather Belt

Madewell, $48
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The Belt Miguel Pyramid

The Belt Miguel Pyramid

B-Low, $130
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Sullivan Hip Belt

Sullivan Hip Belt

Linea Pelle, $121
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Bellbottom Blues Belt

Bellbottom Blues Belt

B-Low The Belt, $125
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New Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses

New Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses

Ray-Ban, $130
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Original Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses

Original Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses

Ray-Ban, $150
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Aviator Metal Li Sunglasses

Aviator Metal Li Sunglasses

Ray-Ban, $145
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Tavener Sunglasses

Tavener Sunglasses

Oliver Peoples, $365
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Airfox Aviators

Airfox Aviators

Wildfox, $299
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