Here's how to put it all together:
1. Start with the perfect basic.
My favorite look is the sheath dress. For me, a sheath dress is almost always worth the investment. You can go in a neutral color (black, beige, grey) or a bright color - I think both options are equally versatile. These are easy to tailor to your body type and always accent the best parts of a woman's body.
|Elie Tahari belted wool jersey dress in Alpaca, available at Saks: $368|
|Diane von Furstenberg Minuit day jersey Jori dress, available at Cusp: $298|
2. Then add 1 of the following bold accessory options.
Layer it up.
Find a fun jacket or cardigan to add pizazz on the top of the out
|Victoria's Secret chain link jacket: $59|
Add some special earrings.
God knows I love a pair of crystal statement earrings.
|J. Crew glass ornament earrings: $29.99|
Wear some fun tights.
Tights can keep you warm when it starts to get a bit chilly. They can also make a shorter skirt more conservative, or in the case of these Wolford tights, add a bit of sex appeal without being slutty.
|Wolford Individual 10 Back Seam: $50|
Don a statement necklace.
Statement necklaces have been trending for several years now, and I hope it doesn't go away. It's so chic but adds so much personality to any outfit. Just make sure you keep your other accessories very simple if you go this route.
|Anthropologie Sit-A-Spell necklace: $178|
Try a bold color or a fun cut - or both, like this Kate Spade.
|Kate Spade Chrisette heels: $298|
3. Finish it off with more simple accessories.
Go for basic pieces to finish off the look: neutral heels with a bold jacket, simple studs with a big necklace, etc.
|Cole Haan Air Miranda, available at Zappos: $198|
|Marc Jacobs Paradise Rio satchel, available at Saks: $995|
|Majorica 12mm faux pearl bracelet, available at Nordstrom: $145|
|Kate Spade square studs, available at Piperlime: $34.99|
And remember: there are very few things tackier than over-accessorizing. Unless you know and understand the art of minimalism, remember the age-old adage: When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.