If there’s one thing I own a lot of in my closet it’s basic tops. From white tees to black tank tops, they’re the backbone of most of my outfits which I pair with practically everything from midi skirts to high-waisted jeans and relaxed trousers. But what really takes my basic tops to another level are the accessories I wear with them. From chic belts to pearl chains, the right accessories can make the simplest basics look ten times more elevated and expensive. The best part is that these items don’t need to cost a fortune—especially if you know the right places to look. Below, I want to share some of my favorite pieces that will make your basic tops look pricey and chic, not to mention are altogether on-trend for spring/summer 2021.

Modern Pearls

Pearls always have the ability to make any outfit look more luxurious—and this season we’re seeing a cool and modern take on pearls—from unique shapes to pearls mixed with chains and other materials. They were spotted all over the S/S 21 collections from Chanel to Jason Wu and are trending hard this season. Whether you go for earrings, necklaces, or bracelets they’ll make any basic top look more expensive.


Brinker & Eliza Clare Bracelet ($82)

Shashi Sovereign Necklace ($64)

Karine Sultan Twisted Rope Genuine Pearl Drop Earrings ($38)

Madewell Freshwater Pearl Chain Necklace ($34)

Curved Carryalls

There’s nothing like a chic bag under your shoulder to make your basic tops look more stylish. Opt for this season’s slouchy and soft curved carryalls featuring elevated details from ruching to knot details and sleek stitching.

Mango Round Small Bag ($40)

Zara Frayed Fabric Shoulder Bag ($50)

Mango Baguette Bag ($50)

Chic Belts

From wide belts to skinny silhouettes, the chic accessory always makes an outfit feel more pulled together and polished. Tuck your basic top into your high-waisted jeans and cinch your waist with a belt for an easy and elevated look.

& Other Stories Braid Buckle Croco Leather Belt ($59)

H&M Waist Belt ($14.99)

Mango Buckle Skinny Belt – Women | Mango Usa ($29.99)

Rectangular Sunglasses

To be honest, any type of sunglasses will undoubtedly make any outfit look more expensive but it’s the rectangle silhouettes that feel fresh right now and really give that wow factor.

Le Specs Unreal Sunglasses ($79)

Urban Outfitters Sabrina Rectangle Sunglasses ($16)

Bp. 51mm Rectangular Sunglasses ($15)

Bandana Scarves

A chic printed scarf worn around your hair exudes a certain vintage look a la Audrey Hepburn that feels super fresh right now and will make any outfit look more sophisticated. Moreover, you can always tie the scarf around your neck for a French-girl vibe.


Mango Flowers Printed Scarf – Women | Mango Usa ($20)

Free People Lotus Paisley Print Bandana ($28)

Up next, 26 pieces of stunning sculptural jewelry that will rake in compliments.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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