Wear These Small Accessories to Make a Huge Impression

When it comes to personal accessories, bigger certainly isn’t always better. In fact, sometimes the smaller the accessory, the greater the impression it will make. So when it comes to deciding how to style yourself, try to find the most subtle yet effective items. Need some ideas? You’ve come to the right place. You’d be surprised at how often these small accessories can pack a huge punch.

1. Statement earrings

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Statement earrings are perfect for framing your face. | iStock.com/EdwardDerule

Sometimes a dress in a solid color requires a bit of help to make an impression. To avoid looking too plain, just wear a set of statement earrings to completely elevate your look. Whether you’re in a little black dress or a red floor-length gown, statement earrings are the perfect way to round off an otherwise minimal look. To take this a step further, match your statement earrings to your nails or lip color. These corresponding details make all the difference.

2. Belt buckle logo

A model walks the runway at Gucci Cruise 2016

A belt with a logo is more modern than the typical purse. | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

The worst way to highlight the fact you love designer brands is to wear a handbag littered with logos. This approach is far too in your face. Instead, you should wear a belt with a designer logo on its clasp. This subtle symbol is the perfect way to emphasize that you appreciate luxury goods without appearing as though you’re trying too hard. Gucci, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes have excellent belt buckles in their collections.

3. Stylish glasses

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Glasses are cooler than ever. | iStock.com/Wavebreakmedia

Reading glasses have become such a fashionable accessory, many people now wear them without an actual prescription. Whether or not your specs are necessary for your vision, stylish readers can make a huge impression. Test out different eyeglasses styles to see which best suits your face shape. Thick frames, tortoiseshell, and silver arms are incredibly popular at the moment. Regardless of which style you choose, you’re bound to look great.

4. Oversized hair clip

Models walk the runway during the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show

The Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter show featured huge hair clips. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Many of us forget our hair is the perfect location to add a jaw-dropping accessory. For the most part, hair brooches, large clips, and intricate headbands are reserved for wedding days. But why not add a statement hair clip to your everyday attire? This attention-grabbing accessory keeps your outfit interesting from behind. It’s a conversation starter, and even serves a functional purpose, as you can pin up your bed head to instantly make it chic.

5. Delicate watch

Classic wrist watch

You can’t go wrong with a classic wrist watch. | iStock.com/iprogressman

Watches are extremely personal accessories. You may have gotten yours from your grandmother or maybe you saved up to buy your own dream watch. Regardless of how they’re obtained, watches are lifelong accessories to be cherished, and we wear them so often that they really become a part of who we are. To make sure your watch makes the first impression it should, don’t sell out for a high-tech option just because they’re trending. Instead, make sure yours is meaningful. If there’s a great story behind it, you’re bound to be asked how you got it.

6. Cufflinks

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Cufflinks aren’t just for men. | iStock.com/Volnyanskyy

Cufflinks are incredibly underrated — especially by women. But they’re basically earrings for your wrists, as they too can be made with precious metals, jewels, and stones. As such, having a few pairs of special cufflinks is important for men and women alike. Wear them whenever you want to make a lasting impression at a professional event. Alternatively, you can find fun, playful cufflinks to wear on a daily basis.

7. Phone case

girl chatting with a friend on her phone via text

Have fun with your phone case. | iStock.com/velvelvel

This accessory is primarily functional, but you can absolutely put your personal touch into the one you choose — any uniqueness is sure to make a huge impression. Go for a crazy pattern, get it monogrammed, or find a phone case with your favorite quote on it. The more interesting your phone case, the greater the impression it will make.

8. Patterned socks

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Striped socks are in. | iStock.com/sharpshutter

For men and women alike, colorful patterned socks can add tons of life and energy to an otherwise dark (dare we say boring?) outfit. If you’re used to wearing all black, throw on a pair of colorful socks to see how much they uplift your look. And if you’re tired of wearing the same suit to work every day, patterned socks can dramatically transform it. 

9. Pendant necklace

Vintage pendant in the shape of hearts

Vintage pendants never go out of style. | iStock.com/Xanya69

While statement necklaces dominate an outfit with their chunky beads, bright colors, and sparkle, pendant necklaces command attention in a subtle, more elegant way. They require people to get close to actually see the detail. Many people may ask where you got yours, or what it means. Though it’s counterintuitive, the more delicate your pendant is, the bigger the impression it will make.