Let’s just get this out of the way first—you should always wear whatever you love and what makes you feel the most comfortable. When you do that, nobody’s outfit can ever truly be “cooler” than yours. However, as someone who’s worked in fashion for 10 years and shops all the time (oops), I’ve come to the recollection that there are a few key pieces—“basics” in my wardrobe—that do tend to amp my vibe up whenever I wear them.
These items have become staples in my wardrobe because they not only embrace my personal style and empower me, but they also tend to get a compliment or two from others whenever I wear them—win-win. So it’s these must-haves I return to again and again to make me feel “cool.” Okay, enough from me, let’s get to some visual inspiration. Keep scrolling to check out the seven fashion items and accessories that make my outfits feel cooler (modeled on some of my favorite fashion people), and shop them if you’re interested in testing them out for yourself.