(Without blowing your whole paycheck.)
Let's face it: Getting dressed for work every morning isn't always the easiest—or most enjoyable—experience. But with a few key pairings, even the most bland office ensemble can go from meh to amazing. We've got 8 head-to-toe combos (from shoes to jewelry to handbags to everything else) that will make any outfit look way pricier than it actually is.
Trade in your basic bag for a structured satchel in an unexpected merlot hue. When paired with a sleek bangle, the look is sophisticated and elegant—and surprisingly versatile, too.
BUY IT: Michael Kors bangle, $95; macys.com. MICHAEL Michael Kors satchel, $268; macys.com
Every work wardrobe needs a great pump. This double-textured version, with its pointed toe and walkable heel, is as easy to wear as it is sleek. A silky blue scarf (in place of a necklace) lets your inner Parisian-style alter-ego shine.
BUY IT: Vince Camuto bandana, $38; vincecamuto.com. Nine West pumps, $50; ninewest.com
Bold accessories are the key to making every outfit a knock-out—just be sure to choose pieces that won't compete with one another. The scale of a gold-tone bracelet with a pretty tassel complements the size of a large carryall perfectly.
BUY IT: Michael Kors bracelet, $95; macys.com. MICHAEL Michael Kors satchel, $298; macys.com
When it comes to jewelry, who says hands and ears should have all the fun? A tortoise shell ponytail holder is way chicer than a regular hair tie, and provides an easy way to add interest to your usual workday style. Embellished black flats offer a playful twist without going over the top.
BUY IT: Banana Republic ponytail holder, $18; bananarepublic.com. Bianca Di flats, $84; yoox.com
Hectic mornings call for two things: a double dose of caffeine and a fool-proof ensemble that does not require much thinking. Sling a berry-colored bag over your shoulder and slip on a glimmering beaded bracelet to look put-together in no time.
BUY IT: Michael Kors slider, $85; macys.com. MICHAEL Michael Kors satchel, $268; macys.com
A gorgeous shoe can instantly improve your outfit (and your mood). This crisp, mid-heel sandal with a leg-flattering ankle strap goes with *everything*, from tailored trousers to a floral print shift. Add a gold necklace for just the right amount of shimmer.
BUY IT: Michael Kors necklace, $115; macys.com. Michael Kors sandals, $99; macys.com
Flashy jewelry at the office can be distracting, or worse, tacky. Luckily, pearls and hoops—some of this season's biggest trends—happen to be quite elegant, so why not go for earrings that combine both flawlessly? An everyday notebook gets elevated to haute accessory status thanks to leather binding and gold embossment.
BUY IT: ONE SIX FIVE Jewelry earrings, $80; shopbop.com. Smythson notebook, $75; net-a-porter.com
There's nothing like a little color coordination to make you feel instantly polished. But wearing pieces that are too matchy-matchy can look overly prim. Split the difference by pairing clean-lines—like on this architectural cuff and sleek leather belt—and neutral tones.
BUY IT: Vince Camuto cuff, $48; vincecamuto.com. Lauren Ralph Lauren belt, $38; macys.com