Many women define themselves by their clothes; regardless of whether this is true for you or not, looking stylish is both important and easy. You can keep your wardrobe fresh every season by investing in basics and spicing up your outfits with accessories. These are some of the must-have accessories for any woman’s wardrobe.

Belts are one essential accessory that can serve either a practical function (holding up your pants) or an aesthetic function (cinching the waist of a baggy sweater to make it feminine). Before you think of getting outrageously sized, colored or styled belts, make sure you have the basics covered: a black leather belt with a subtle, professional buckle, a wide belt in a neutral color to wear with dresses or long shirts, and a brown belt for jeans and brown or beige pants. After you have one of each type, you can think about getting bright, fashionable belts that match the “in” trends for belts right now.

Next, you’ll want to make sure you have scarves. These are great not only for staying warm during cool winter days, but also for looking fashionable during spring, summer and fall. Look at the material of the scarf before buying: silk and light fabrics are good for warmer months, while wool, pashmina and other similar, heavier materials are best saved for your winter outfits. If you don’t know how to tie them to look great with your sweaters and other clothes, look online for tutorials or ask a fashion-savvy friend.

Handbags are many women’s infamous weakness, but they’re very useful, too. You can carry around essential stuff when you’re wearing clothes without pockets, whack people who annoy you, and stay organized and prepared for any situation. Make sure you have a tote, a large bag that can hold anything you throw into it. This will help when you’re bringing lots of supplies to events or going to the beach. A clutch is useful for evenings out and pretty outfits. You also need one sized in between the others, a medium handbag that can hold your essentials easily. A basic black leather purse is a good choice and will last you a long time.

You may not like hats, but they’re great for keeping you sheltered from rain showers, warm in the winter, and protected from sun in the summer. Plus, if you’re having a bad hair day, a hat will keep you from sharing that fact with the world. There are so many styles of hats from large to small, floppy to tailored, you can find easily one to suit your personality and outfits. Just keep in mind the season during which you intend to wear it while shopping for a hat.

These are just a few of the must-have accessories for any woman’s closet. Accessories are a great way to add a little color, sparkle or shine to an outfit that’s lacking it. You can use accessories to keep yourself from looking bland or boring, or worse yet, like you’re in mourning. Every woman should have these everyday staples in her closet.