Cute (And Co$t Effective) Accessories To Update Your Look

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Break hearts not your bank account.

I’m the laziest dresser I know. A creature of comfort. A slave to routine, if you will. My daily ‘OOTD’ (outfit of the day) for as long as I can recall has consisted of jeans and a tee, paired with a great pair of boots or sneakers. I looked great, sure, but this past year something came over me… The want and need to update my look with cute accessories and have a more fun!

It all started out with the great Bonds Chesty Resurgence Of 2017 (I still wear the same Chesty singlet I’ve had since I was 12—no word of a lie.) The shape is perfect, and they can be layered super easily *cough* transseasonal dressing sorted *cough*. After this, onto the scrunchie bandwagon I hopped. I was feeling cute, sassy, and sort of like a 7-year-old again. I loved it. I didn’t just stop at that—I added socks, hair clips and belts into the mix as well. I had completely updated and renewed my look, just by adding a couple of accessories that cost less than my morning coffee.

Updating your look doesn’t have to cost a bomb—in fact, it’s infinitely more rewarding to give yourself a makeover when the items in question cost all of $6. The COH team know a thing or three about cost-effective accessorising, so we put together an edit for you of all our favourites (that aren’t going to cost you an arm or leg). You’re welcome!


SCRUNCHIES
To be completely honest, I never stopped loving scrunchies and now, they are back in full force! We’ve stocked the dreamiest scrunchies made to protect your hair, not breaking and damaging it as other hair ties do. So carpe the diem, and grab yourself a different colour for every day of the week.

RIBBONS

I will always save the gift wrapping ribbons from stores. Every time. I collect them and tie them onto my ponytail as a bow! Is that so wrong? If it is, then I don’t want to be right. This small, ~chic~ act takes me back to primary school days when I was young, carefree and couldn’t afford to buy my own hair ribbons, anyway. If you’re not up for DIY and want one ready made, you can shop this ribbon/scrunchie 2-in-1 one from NA-KD.

HAIR CLIPS

Hair clips are the bomb; I literally go W-I-L-D with them. Some days I’ll wear four clips on either side, other days I’ll just add one. Variety! I tend to go towards the more vibrant kind—I’m talking sparkles, patterns and shapes (I have a really cute heart shaped one from Chinatown, I die every time I wear it—it’s so cute). I honestly recommend just popping into your local drug store or bargain store for a cute and cheap selection. 

STRING NET BAGS

These bad boys have taken the internet by storm. It makes sense because they are practically free, are reminiscent of cute sunny days spent at the farmer’s markets and are the only ~It-bag~ that won’t make your bank account cry. In fact, if they’re that affordable, why not buy one in every single colour?

LIPGLOSS

Lipgloss makes you feel sassy. Period. I tend to use it most when I don’t have the time or patience for eye make-up. I’ll apply a shiny or coloured gloss, and I’m good to go! Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, honestly has blown me away. The Universal Gloss makes me feel like I am J-Lo, starring in my very own film clip in the 90s. I also love these NARS Satin Lip Pencil’s for when I’m feeling extra G-L-A-M. Retouching and reapplying has never been easier.

SOCKS

I never really cared for what kind of socks I was wearing, that was until I saw my friend rocking a pair of these SOCC bad boys. Super cute with a pair of sneakers, or even peeping out above a pair of boots or Mary Janes. You heard it here first. 

Words, @jaikaldor
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