Adding Accessories to Your Outfits

simple gold layers to dress up an outfit

Outfit Details:

Circle Cardigan (gray color sold out, but other colors available here), Joe’s Jeans (on sale!), White Tee, Similar Ankle Boots, Lauren Conrad Crossbody Bag, Aviator Sunglasses, Lace Bralette


As you guys know, a lot of my outfits are very basic. A t-shirt and skinny jeans, a simple dress, a sweatshirt and boyfriend jeans — you guys know.  And while basics are great, they can often feel unfinished and plain.

…Cue the accessories!

slouchy gray circle cardigan
basic outfit
cozy fall layers
dress up your jeans and t-shirt with some delicate gold jewelry
gold layered necklaces to dress up any basic outfit
choker layers

Let’s talk about how to add accessories to your outfit to complete your look.

Delicate, gold jewelry is always my go-to. I combine chokers and pendant necklaces, bangles and little wrist chains, and stackable gold rings to add just that little sparkle.

[note: I collect all sorts of gold pieces, so all the ones I’m wearing are old, but I linked lots of good options below!]



Choose 2-3 necklaces of varying lengths and layer them together. My go to is a little gold choker, and a mid length pendant necklace. I’ve linked a few of my favorites below.




To keep the outfit from feeling overwhelmed, I stick to bracelets on only one wrist, and I keep them small and minimal. One larger cuff, or 2-3 smaller ones stacked like this one. Or I’ll do a watch and a couple of small gold bracelets. I’ve linked a few favorites below.




Save the statement rings for special occasions, but little delicate rings are my favorite for everyday wear. I love buying stacks of them and then splitting them up around my hands. I also love wearing tiny midi rings!




I don’t wear earrings on a daily basis, but when I do, I wear either tiny studs with a few necklaces and rings, or a statement earring with just bracelets and rings.

You want a balance of accessories – don’t go overboard, especially for everyday wear!





  1. Natali says:

    Comfy and cute casual combo! I’m loving the possibility of getting a simple combo like this one “upped” by the right choice of accessories. 🙂

  2. Thank you for the tips! I’m currently trying to incorporate more and more accessories to my outfits and your tips were very helpful!

    Marta –

  3. Chris says:

    Thanks for the tips on layering. I notice your lace cami underneath your shirt. Where is that from? I love v neck shirts but many times they are too low. I like the feminine touch the lace adds.

    • merrickwhite says:

      It’s a lace bralette, actually. It’s from american eagle, and the exact one is linked in the outfit details at the top of the post!

  4. Carmen says:

    Where is the choker that you are wearing from? I’m not super into the choker trend, but I love that one!

  5. Lucy says:

    I love the grey cardian you are wearing…where is that from? Love these accessories, I agree they can spice up any outfit!

    • merrickwhite says:

      It’s from Nordstrom! The gray color is sold out, but it’s available in a few other gorgeous colors. The link is at the top of the post above!

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