I Always Get Compliments on These 12 Items


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Every woman has that one item. When you look in the mirror, you just feel different, and though you wear it over and over again, every time you break it out, the compliments start rolling in. While I'm hesitant to use the word magical in reference to clothing, if putting something on can have such an immediate impact, well isn't that some sort of magic?

Over the years of testing trends and solid staples alike, I've been lucky enough to stumble on a handful of super-special items that prompt random passersby to stop me and ask, "Where exactly did you get that?" Below, I'm calling out 12 of them. As you'll see, some are statement pieces (and a bit of a splurge), while others are just great takes on everyday basics. But each and every one of them has a little something above-and-beyond that, like it or not, will garner plenty of compliments when you wear them out.

Curious to see what made the cut? Shop the 12 pieces below.

From the moment I broke out this cute little mini bag, I knew I'd found the perfect day-to-night piece. Its bright hue is instantly eye-catching, and it's the perfect size for fitting all the essentials. 

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

Finding a pair of relaxed jeans that are actually flattering was once a challenge, but no more. I loved these jeans so much, I now own them in both blue and black, and I inspired co-workers to pick up a pair for themselves as well.

It's easy for statement earrings to make too much of a statement, but Laura Lombardi's hoops are just right. They're hollow, which means they won't kill your ears, and while they're chunky enough to stand out, they don't overpower the rest of what you're wearing.

Available in sizes 00 to 14.

While your mind may not go to wide-leg pants when you think of the most flattering items, there's something special about these Everlane pants, which hit just right on the ankle.

I have a confession: I love a good cat eye, and these sunglasses have become a staple over the past six months. They add instant cool to any and every outfit.

Available in sizes XS to M. 

When a stranger asks to stroke your sweater, it may just be a sign that you're on to something good. Yes, this really happened the first time I wore this pretty pick.

Available in sizes 4 to 12. 

Okay, there's one caveat here: White boots do dirty easily. But what can I say? These stunners are still my go to when I want to feel especially dressed up. Even as just one small aspect of my outfit, they always seem to make a major difference.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Whether you were a Baywatch devotee or not, this super-chic suit is maybe the most flattering one-piece I own.

Available in sizes 5 to 12.

Look, I know these sneakers are controversial and may not be for everyone, but I can't deny the fact that they're the center of conversation every time I put them on. The retro, dad-inspired feel is right on trend at the moment.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

I'm calling it now: All things celestial print will be huge next year. This dress seems to be a favorite among friends and strangers alike.

Available in sizes S to L.

This jacket takes the concept of a statement sleeve to a whole new level. Even styled with a simple pair of jeans, it's a winner.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

While leggings might not top your list of pieces you stand for, this pair by Outdoor Voices has inspired many of my friends to purchase them for themselves. 

What pieces do you always get compliments on? Let us know in the comments.