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Fall fashion preview: The hottest accessories to try right now

by Courtney Gisriel / / Source: TODAY

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Purses and belts and hats, oh my!

Accessories can transform any outfit from basic to unbelievable, and this fall it's all about adding a touch of character to the classic standbys.

To help wade through the racks of clothes and dial your wardrobe up a notch, Essence magazine fashion editor Joiee Thorpe stopped by with a preview of everything you'll want to buy before the leaves turn brown. For more fall looks, check out our coverage on the hottest fall shoe trends and Labor Day sales.

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Purses

If you're looking to add just one new piece to your collection, a purse is the way to go. Choose a neutral color that you can wear with everything, like this black over-the-shoulder bag, or go for something with a little more pizzazz, like this faux fur option, to take a simple outfit to the next level.

If you've already got a simple purse you love, add some bag charms to give it new life! They're all the rage right now and you can even find ones with built-in phone chargers!

TODAY has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not by TODAY. All prices are subject to change and items could sell out based on the merchant’s inventory.

Shoulder Bag, $20, H&M

Shoulder Bag
H&M

Always On Power Tassel Keychain, $50, Rebecca Minkoff

Always On Power Tassel Keychain,
Rebecca Minkoff

Anne Klein Hillary Satchel, $88, Stage

Anne Klein Hillary Satchel
Stage

Go Fur It Clutch, $11, Lulus

Go Fur It Clutch
Lulus

Hats and Gloves

With the winter chill slowly approaching, it's time to start thinking about bundling up. For fall, opt for a hat style that keeps you warm but has a more interesting silhouette than your standard beanie. When it comes to gloves, you'll probably be wearing them for the next few months so you may as well buy a pair that makes a statement!

Pin Beret, $59, Echo

Pin Beret
Echo

Women's Round Crown Floppy Hat with Band, $79, San Diego Hat Company

Women's Round Crown Floppy Hat with Band
San Diego Hat Company

Pearl Leather Gloves, $98, Karl Lagerfeld Paris

Pearl Leather Gloves
Karl Lagerfeld Paris

Jewelry

We're still feeling inspired by the '90s when it comes to jewelry trends for the fall. Matt Lauer may have rocked the classic black velvet choker last year, but this year it's all about embellished versions. Choose a style with some metallic accents to add a bit of sparkle. Statement earrings are also here to stay. Pair dangling feminine baubles with a simple white T-shirt and you'll be set for the night.

Rosabel Sparkle Choker, $49, Chico's

Rosabel Sparkle Choker
Chico's

Hope Choker, $49, Chico's

Hope Choker
Chico's

Asymmetrical Ear Jacket, $88, Motif

Asymmetrical Ear Jacket
Motif

Belts and Sunglasses

Sunnies aren't just for summer! You can protect your eyes and look chic all year long. A mirrored style adds a bit of edge to the look that can carry you through the winter months. This fall is also the season of the wide leather belt. Find one that works to nip in dresses and jackets for a tailored look.

Star Struck Sunglasses, $80, Quay Australia

Star Struck Sunglasses
Quay Australia

Sunglasses, $13, H&M

Sunglasses
H&M

Stretchy Wide Waist Belt, $30, Kohl's

Stretchy Wide Waist Belt
Kohl's

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