The Accessories Every 20-Something Girl Should Own

Whether or not you’re an “accessories person” (hey, not everyone has to be seeking street style stardom), there are undeniably a few (ok, 13) essentials that every 20-something woman should own to cover her bases. From everyday jewellery pieces that give your looks a thoughtful touch to statement shoes for those nights when you want to go out in jeans and a tee but need to somehow step it up, we’ve rounded up exactly what you need to achieve a well-rounded accessory wardrobe.

Scroll through to see (and shop) the pieces that made our list!

1. Simple Studs

2. Statement Earrings

3. Pendant Necklace

4. Sleek Sunglasses

5. Silk Scarf

6. Timeless Watch

7. Clutch Bag

8. Work-Appropriate Tote

9. Crossbody Bag

10. Leather Belt

11. Go-To Pumps

12. Night-Out Shoes

13. Classic Flats

For more accessorising inspo, see our spring style guide to getting the new add-ons.

Opening Image: Phill Taylor


Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2020, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch 90 Day Fiancé.