Subtle But Impactful Accessories for More Refined Style in 2023

Foundational items and accessories can work hard for your wardrobe—especially when they’re thoughtfully selected. Putting together an everyday outfit formula shouldn’t require too much effort so long as you have the right pieces from which to choose; think a great pair of jeans and a solid sweater, and reliable accessories. And for more impactful styling, consider everyday accessories that will really amplify the overall look. Items like a sumptuous leather belt, a hoop earring with a bit of personality, hair accessories fit for grown-ups, and wear-everywhere flats that feature a little something extra.

We’re calling these accessories “better buys,” as they’re a more stylized alternative to your typical leather belt, gold hoop, or basic ballet flat that might win in the function department but lack in the fashion department. Trust us, a small but detailed-oriented swap will leave a big impact. 

Here, five outfit-making accessories for achieving a more refined wardrobe this year.

Belts That Take Your Outfit Up a Notch

You may not have considered a belt to be an important purchase before, but trust us, one that has mastered the details will be a game-changer in your closet. Minimally minded brands like Khaite, Aeyde, Bottega Veneta, and By Malene Birger offer beautifully crafted leather belts that shouldn’t be ignored.  

Aeyde Eleanor leather belt

Khaite Bambi leather belt

Bottega Veneta Chain Link leather belt

By Malene Birger Zoira leather belt

Effortless Alternatives for Everyday Hoop Earrings 

A bolder or modern take on a classic hoop will do so much more for your style than an average dainty earring, with no additional effort required. These options are just as lightweight which makes them the perfect candidate for all day wear and can bring new life to even the simplest of tops.

Jenny Bird Nouveaux Puff earrings

Completedworks Notsobig scrunch gold vermeil earrings

Wolf Circus Ciara hoop earrings

Flats That Go the Extra Mile 

Casual outfits call for easy footwear. But instead of plain round-toe ballerinas, how about opting for a more refined pair in satin, square toe, or silver stud? For an uncomplicated approach to upgraded style, these pairs will do the work for you.

Tory Burch studded ballet flats

Porte & Paire bow-embellished ballet flats

Hereu Puntera pleat-toe ballet flats

The Row elastic leather ballet flats

Maximum Scrunchies Are a Minimalist’s Dream

Let these oversized scrunchies make a stylish statement—bad hair day or not—with jeans and a tee. You won’t want to use a regular hair tie again. 

Maryam Nassir Zadeh carnation scrunchie

Room Shop giant scrunchie

Crown Affair Scrunchie No. 002

Sophie Buhai silk scrunchie

A Wristwatch Is an Impactful Investment

 “Arguably the easiest wardrobing item,” says Vogue’s jewelry director Daisy Shaw-Ellis. A good-looking wristwatch embodies the kind of accessory that’s petite in size but grand in impact.

Cartier Panthère De Cartier watch

Breitling Chronomat 36mm ladies watch

Longines 23mm stainless steel and leather strap watch