How to Look Chic on the Cheap: 9 Fashionable Accessories You Can Buy on a Budget


As New Yorkers, we’re always on the go. And whether it’s packing for a flight, running errands, or working all day at the office, you need to look put-together—especially when you are out in public. So what to do when your closet’s bursting at the seams? As much as we all would love to shop at designer boutiques for our accessories, sometimes the budget doesn’t allow it. We’ve found nine chic, stylish accessories that won’t bust your budget.

Blackout Scarf

If you’ve ever wondered how celebrities stay warm in the winter without looking like an extra in “The Blizzard,” the key is the blackout scarf, or better yet, one in a chunky knit. The voluminous fabric will keep you warm without making you look like the Michelin Man. As a bonus, it can double as a shawl in warmer seasons. We like this version from Old Navy.

Accentuate an outfit with a hat

The hat is a piece of clothing that can be worn in various ways to suit your style. Some people may say that the hat is in for this season, but in reality, you can wear hats in all different seasons. Winter, summer, spring, and fall – all are the right time to wear hats.

It is important to choose the right hat for the occasion. You may not want to be seen in the same hat in different places. For example, if you are out with friends trying to make a new impression, you choose an elegant hat. If you are attending a wedding, you would want to choose a more sophisticated hat. There are even times when you do not know what kind of hat you would like to wear until you see one. It would help if you chose wisely. It may take some time to get the hang of it, but it is worth it in the end.

The hat can cost between $50 and $100. This is an average price for a good quality hat. The price will vary depending on the materials used and where you buy it from. When buying your hat, there are two things you need to consider: material and size. Good quality material will last longer than cheap material, so you must think about your budget before buying a hat.


It’s safe to say that every girl has a thing for bags. But, if you’re on a budget, you’re probably wondering how to find a bag that isn’t just cheap but also stylish. Luckily, there are plenty of stylish handbags that won’t break the bank. Just look to Zara for stylish yet affordable handbags that are perfect for everyday wear or to class. If you’re looking for something sleeker and professional-looking, head over to, where you can find timeless chic handbags at investment prices, but can be worn for years on end.

High-quality sunglasses

If you’re willing to drop a few hundred dollars on a pair of sunglasses, you’re in good company. Celebrities spend hundreds of dollars on sunglasses every year. Designers like Tom Ford and Karl Lagerfeld design special ultra-expensive shades just for their namesakes. Now, you might not own the same social status as Bradley Cooper or Ewan McGregor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the fun. The key is to find shades with the right shape, materials, and the right detail.

The Chic Belt

Belts are a great way to add a pop of color to an outfit or add a touch of skinny to a dress. When buying a chic belt, not only should you think about the color of your belt, but also the color of your shoes. If you wear a dress with a belt and then wear a shoe that is a different color but a shade that is a close enough match to the belt, it can make both look awkward. When you shop for belts, watch out for styles that make the whole outfit look off-balance. For example, if you have a long black dress and buy a black belt, consider wearing a shoe or jewelry in another color, white or red. Belt shopping can get expensive if you go to name-brand stores like H&M or Forever 21, but you can find them at discount stores like Ross Dress for Less for as little as $5 to $10.

Colored Bangles

If you don’t do colors, then these bracelets are not for you. If you love colors, then roll out the colors because these bangles are the perfect bracelets for you! Colored bangles are made of rubber and plastic. They come in many colors like black, white, rose, lavender, yellow, orange, light blue, red, brown, and purple. These bangles come in several shapes, like circles and squares. They come in several sizes like extra small, small, medium, large, and extra-large. These bangles are great to wear every day. They are great to wear with jeans and t-shirts or with silk dresses.

There are so many ways to wear colored bangles. You can wear them on one or both wrists. You can also stack bangles on one arm with bracelets of other shapes and materials. Colored bangles not only look great, but they feel great too.


We know what you’re thinking. Bracelets are for tweens, aren’t they? Don’t be fooled by the New York fashion scene. Bracelets are for all women! They can be statement-makers or subtle accents that complete an outfit. For instance, you may want the focus to be on your dress with a bold print, so you wear simple gold bangles to accent it. It’s all about balance. You can also wear statement-making jewelry with something casual like jeans and a t-shirt. The bracelet is an underutilized accessory but is one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry you can own.


It’s no secret that a watch can become a statement piece. Not only do watches have a certain flair, but they can also be a conversation starter. What’s more, an attractive watch can bring attention to your outfit and add some pizzazz to what you’re wearing.

Stud Earrings

No girl should leave home without a sparkly pair of studs in her bag, just in case! These $2 beauties from Forever 21 are the perfect accessory to add interest to an otherwise boring outfit. I added these gold oval studs to my typical all-black outfit, and I was instantly transformed into a fun-loving pin-up girl!

The one thing I love about studs is that you can wear them with anything, including an LBD. Don’t be afraid of color. Adding some color to your outfit can give it some dimension while keeping it professional for your office! My go-to color is silver, but studs are also great in gold or even pastel colors.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.