There are two instances in life when your style is bound to be a little bit more laid back: if you live in California and during college. Sometimes it’s fun to dress up and wear something fancy but generally you want to throw on a T-shirt, jeans and booties. At least, that’s my go-to outfit. When it comes to more casual outfits, accessories make all of the difference. They don’t have to be bright or colorful, but adding an interesting piece puts the finishing touch on your Cali-chic ensemble.

This Fashionista shows us the perfect example of accessorizing. Her black felt hat adds an extra dimension to her otherwise casual look. She started with a pair of skinny jeans in a fun color. Spring is here so now is a great time to start rocking lighter denim. Then she added a simple black T-shirt over top. Every Fashionista/o should have the perfect black T-shirt in their closet. Over top, this Fashionista threw on a floral kimono to pull in the color of her top and jeans. Kimonos are a great casual layering piece for the spring time. Her brown booties are an easy alternative to sneakers, but they’re just as easy to slip on.

Lastly, she added the perfect accessories to accent her easy look. Her simple gold necklace and black felted hat pull the outfit together. A basic black hat is a wardrobe essential. This Fashionista shows us how to pair it with a girly outfit but it’s just as easily worn with something edgy, bohemian or super chic.

How To: Feeling like your outfit is incomplete? Give a hat a try. Whether you’re wearing denim and sneakers or a pretty dress, a cool black hat will be the perfect finishing touch to your ensemble.