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Transform Your Style with 5 Pieces

Ever wonder what could add some extra oomph to your outfit -- or even your entire wardrobe? If you've ever been left thinking your ensemble could just use an extra something -- a piece that could add extra pizzazz -- listen up. There are a handful of ways to make an otherwise drab outfit pop, and you don't have to overhaul your entire wardrobe. The all-black outfit -- whether it's the classic little black dress or pants and a sweater -- can always use punching up, and there are a few ways to do it. The trick is to choose one statement item -- not several. A fantastic, bold necklace is a gorgeous way to add sparkle to your ensemble. This fall, eye-catching necklaces are all the rage, so put on a stunner to punch up your look. A bold handbag will have the same effect...but it's hard not to have sticker shock when you see the tag on some of those designer totes. Have your awesome bag and carry it, too, by getting one that looks amazing but still works as an everyday purse.


Rachel Roy and Steve Madden are two brands that are super glam - but also practical. Scarves are back in a big way, and they're just the thing to inject a punch of color to an otherwise monochromatic style. Whether you wear it as a headscarf, a la Thelma and Louise or sling it casually around your neck, a scarf is a great way to give your style some panache. Another piece that can change your whole look - and make you look thinner to boot! - is a wide, waist-cinching belt. Try one with a shirt dress or pencil skirt. Last, show your style down to your fingertips - a manicure in a jaunty, unexpected color like green is an easy way to get noticed. Think outside your normal bland color when you look at your nail hues or go to the manicurist.