How Accessories Make or Break Outfits and Define Them

How Accessories Make or Break and Define Outfits

If you’ve been around PMT you’ve definitely heard me talk about the importance of accessories.  They can make or break an outfit, and they can completely define and transform a look.   Today we’re talking through how accessories do that, and I’m partnering with Sole Society to do it!

Sole Society is filled with shoes, bags, and more that are chic and sophisticated but still accessible and effortless to wear.  Almost 2/3 of my bags are Sole Society, and since I don’t actually rotate through that many bags, you’ve definitely seen them and you’re more familiar with Sole Society than you might think!  I’ve had them all for 2-3 years and continue to use them because they’re classic!  Also, the leopard pumps I’ve been wearing for the last few years (the ones yall ask me about often) are from Sole Society!  I looooove my Sole Society bags, and I love those leopard pumps!  (There’s a very similar pair to my leopard pumps BTW.  See them HERE.)  I love how my Sole Society pieces elevate my outfits and make them a bit more chic and polished without ever making me feel stuffy or overdressed.

How Accessories Make or Break and Define Outfits

I put together two looks using very plain pieces and then using Sole Society accessories to elevate or define them.  Let’s talk through them!

Blanket Scarf + Black top + Black Suede Boots + Skinny Jeans + Merlot BagFall Outfit Inspo: Blanket Scarf + Black Top + Suede Boots + Merlot Bag Merlot Bag + Rings + Black Top + Watch Blue and White Blanket Scarf + Skinnies + Merlot Bag black butter top + blanket scarf + suede boots + skinnies + dark maroon bagblack suede boots for fall + merlot handbagGold Earrings + Ring + Blanket Scarf: Fall look

Accessories Can Make or Break an Outfit
Accessories can take a very plain basics and transform them into a perfectly pulled together look.  For example, the base of this outfit is just jeans + a plain black top.  Left alone, they don’t make a very chic or pulled together look.

However, adding a gorgeous, soft scarf gives it some life and a focal point.  This scarf is oversized and cozy while being breathable at the same time thanks to a looser weave.  Whereas it’s easy to feel suffocated in other blanket scarves, I feel that much less with this one.  Heads up that the tradeoff is that this could snag easily if you’re not careful though.  I miiiiight choose being able to breathe though.  😛

Next, adding a fabulous pair of boots ups the chicness level completely. Even if you need to take the scarf off if it gets too warm, your outfit will still be polished with a great pair of shoes like these boots.  The suede feels really good, the heel is low and walkable, and the overall style is timeless!  If you’re looking to add a pair of tall black boots to your wardrobe, this is a fantastic option!  See them HERE.  I wear size 9.

For finishing touches, I added this ring from Sole Society’s hand-made artisan jewelry line and a burgundy colored bag.  A maroon bag goes with so many things in the fall and winter and adds a touch of sophistication.  I love how it makes this outfit pop!  The bag comes in 3 colors which you can see HERE.

This outfit started as a basic top with jeans.  Isn’t it pretty magical what some accessories can do?

Shop for the Look:
Top: (exact–wearing size S)

Jeans: (exact–size 4)
Boots: c/o Sole Society (exact–size 9)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Scarf: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Ring: c/o Sole Society (exact)


Blush Top + Maroon Skirt + Booties + Gray Bag + Mustard Scarf Mustard Scarf + Blush Top + Maroon Skirt + Gray Bag + Booties heeled booties + blush top + maroon pencil skirt + mustard scarf + gray toteFall Business Casual: blush top + pencil skirt + tote + heeled bootiesgray tote + mustard scarf + heeled booties + pencil skirt

Accessories Can Define a Look
One thing that’s really fun about accessories is how they can totally change the style of an outfit.  That means you can make the same combo of clothes feel totally different by changing the shoes, jewelry, bag, etc.  Pretty cool!

For example, the base of this outfit is a pencil skirt and blouse.  Scroll up to the first picture and cover my shoes.  Now imagine the outfit with sleek pumps like this black pair or this leopard print pair.  It would be a very classic look for an office.  (And cute–I’d love it with leopard print pumps!  :D)  Or, you could opt for something like these pointy toe sock booties and give an edgy twist to a classic pencil skirt + blouse combo!  Isn’t that fun?

I paired them with this huge grey tote to hold alllll the things.  It comes in a gorgeous cognac or in olive HERE, but I’ve needed a larger grey bag and this fits the bill!

And finally I finished off the look with this mustard yellow scarf.  It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of mustard yellow (which is so funny because 5-6 years ago I swore I couldn’t wear mustard thinking it’d wash me out) and this scarf was the perfect pop to the purple and grey!  This scarf has volume and adds warmth without suffocating you.  And it’s super soft. Heads up that it could snag if you’re not careful.  But otherwise, LOOOOOOVE!  It comes in rose, lilac, and camel, in addition to yellow.  All soooo pretty.  See them HERE!

Shop for the Look:
Top: (exact–wearing size M)

Skirt: (similar, similar)
Booties: c/o Sole Society (exact–size 9)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Scarf: c/o Sole Society (exact)


If you’re looking to up your accessories game and add polish to your style, check out Sole Society!  Their pieces will elevate your looks with ease!

Many of these come in multiple colors, so click into them for more!

Huge thanks to Sole Society for sponsoring this post


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  • Reply
    Kristin Bender
    September 19, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Might be a strange question, but do you have any recs for great undergarmets… i.e. bras and underwear?? Thanks!!

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    September 19, 2018 at 7:05 am

    I’d love recommendations on how to pick out a watch. It’s the one statement accessory I don’t own and I get so overwhelmed when shopping. There are so many sizes, colors, and shapes!

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      September 25, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      I don’t have a ton of watches, and the ones I wear I’ve had for several years. They just work with pretty much everything, so I seldom have to think about them. I own one by JORD that’s wooden. And the others I own are Daniel Wellington watches with larger faces. Those are timeless and seriously go with everything. Both the watches I’m wearing above are Daniel Wellington.

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    Naty Diaw
    September 19, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    This is beautiful

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    September 20, 2018 at 4:54 am

    You accessorise beautifully! I’m a big fan of bags and scarves for changing up outfits – I’ll be sad when the weather gets too warm here and I have to start packing my scarves away!

    Hope you’re having a good week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    September 29, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Just purchased these books after I saw them in your post. I’m usually and 8 or 8.5. I ordered the 8.5 but they are SOOO tight. I think because the toe gets narrow. Do you find them tight around the foot? Trying to decide if it would be worth trying the next size up or if they just are not right for me.

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      September 29, 2018 at 8:27 am

      Shoes are often too tight around my toes and that’s also true for Sole Society, which is why i size up often to 9. But these weren’t so tight that I would return.

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