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Marcus Kirby
by Published on March 26, 2020

I'm just going to come out and say it: Accessories make an outfit. Think about it. You could be wearing the most basic of outfit combos (think jeans and a T-shirt), but add the right jewelry, a killer handbag, and chic shoes, and suddenly you have yourself a look. And as someone who errs on the side of casual most of the time, I rely heavily on accessories to take my outfit up a notch. For springtime, I typically look to the jewelry, hair accessory, and handbag categories to elevate my outfit since there's a bit less flexibility in footwear (at least in comparison to fall or winter, when the boot options are endless).

So after examining some of the biggest spring 2020 trends, I've zeroed in on the accessories I'll be adding to my wardrobe to jazz up all my outfits moving forward. Whether I'm wearing a sundress or blazer combo, these accessories are the ideal add-ons to make my outfit feel more intentional and thoughtful instantly. And since I'm trying to be mindful of my budget, I've scoured the internet to find the most affordable versions of each item on my list, most of which are well under $100. From the chain necklaces I'll be layering over my T-shirts to the silk scarves I'll be adding to my hair, below are the 21 best affordable spring accessories that will level up my wardrobe. 

A layer of necklaces is probably the easiest way to add interest to your outfit, and this spring is all about chunky chains. Whether you choose gold or silver, a stack of different sizes and textures cascading down your neck draws the eyes there and leaves the rest of your outfit feeling elevated.

Rings are another area to play with that makes whatever else you're wearing feel elevated. Even just one single statement ring takes your outfit up a notch, or you can deck out each finger with a different shape or metal, whatever floats your boat. 

I've always had an affinity for earrings, as you can totally transform your look with one pair. Take your basic jeans-and-tee look, for example. Just add an interesting statement earring, and suddenly all eyes are on your ears. The rest of your outfit feels polished, and you're able to really show off your earring choice.

Hair scarves are back for spring 2020, and I couldn't be happier. This so-called grandma trend feels totally fresh and will add the right amount of interest to anything you pair it with. I'll personally be wearing it with spring's tube top trend (yes, they're back) for a real '90s throwback.

From basket styles to silk textures, I'm counting handbags as a necessity and using them to upgrade my outfits. Add an interesting bag to anything, and you're guaranteed to receive compliments.

Next up: 28 gorgeous spring dresses under $200.

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