The Finishing Touch: All of our favorite outfit-making accessories

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Add a Pop: Our Fave Outfit-Making Extras

by Jill Manoff

At last, just the thing for when your outfit could use a major "something extra": This season, you can count on neon-bright extras to elevate black-and-white, jeans-and-a-tee, your go-to combos across the board. Need a no-fail pick? Choose from our five favorites:

Color Pop

A Punch-Packing Bag
We simply can't keep our hands off the newest assortment of satchels, hobos and crossbody handbags. Each is big on color, heavy in extra-special details and surprisingly budget-friendly—so it will "make" any outfit, but won't break the bank.

Standout Shoes
Our love affair with shoes continues this season, thanks to the brand-new batch of bright-as-can-be styles. We use them to dress up anything and everything, and to give last season’s outfits an instant refresh.

Look-at-Me Shades
It’s the season of the blindingly-bright accessory, and we’ve jumped in head first—by way of several new sunnies in a variety of hot hues. We keep a pair in our carryall and another in our car, and wear them here and there to make a statement every time.

A Statement Necklace
Plain white tees, meet your match: A statement necklace is just the thing to take too-simple looks to stylish new levels. We wear a bib style one day, a trendy collar the next—and never look short of “perfectly-put-together.”

A Bold Belt
When paired with a neutral, striking color really shines—and the effect defines one of our favorite looks of the season. To get it, try white jeans with a bright belt, or pair a nude-hued dress with a patent neon cincher.