Every woman has that one item. When you look in the mirror, you just feel different, and though you wear it over and over again, every time you break it out, the compliments start rolling in. While I'm hesitant to use the word magical in reference to clothing, if putting something on can have such an immediate impact, well, isn't that some sort of magic?
Over the years of testing trends and solid staples alike, I've been lucky enough to stumble on a handful of super-special items that prompt random passersby to stop me and ask, "Where exactly did you get that?" Below, I'm calling out 12 of them. As you'll see, some are statement pieces (and a bit of a splurge), while others are just great takes on everyday basics. But each and every one of them has a little something above-and-beyond that, like it or not, will garner plenty of compliments when you wear them out.
Curious to see what made the cut? Shop the 12 pieces below.
From the moment I broke out this little guy, I knew I'd found the perfect day-to-night piece. Its bright hue is instantly eye-catching, and it's the perfect size for fitting all the essentials.
Finding a pair of relaxed jeans that are actually flattering was once a challenge, but no more. I loved these jeans so much, I now own them in both blue and black, and I inspired the girls in the office to pick up a pair for themselves as well.
It's easy for statement earrings to make too much of a statement, so these smaller hoops are just right.
While your mind may not go to wide-leg pants when you think of the most flattering items, there's something special about these, which hit just right on the leg.
I have a confession: I love a good cat eye, and these sunglasses have become a staple over the past six months. They add instant cool to any and every outfit.
When a stranger asks to stroke your sweater, it may just be a sign that you're on to something good. Yes, this really happened the first time I wore this pretty pick.
Okay, there's one caveat here: White boots do dirty easily. But what can I say? These stunners are still my go to when I want to feel especially dressed up. Even as just one small aspect of my outfit, they always seem to make a major difference.
Whether you were a Baywatch devotee or not, this super-chic suit is maybe the most flattering one-piece I own.
Look, I know these sneakers are controversial and may not be for everyone, but I can't deny the fact that they're the centre of conversation every time I put them on. The retro-inspired feel is right on trend at the moment.
All things celestial print are huge this year. This dress seems to be a favourite among friends and strangers alike.
Even styled with a simple pair of jeans, it's a winner.
While leggings might not top your list of pieces you stand for, this pair has inspired many of my friends to purchase them for themselves.
What pieces do you always get compliments on? Let us know in the comments and keep reading to see our edit of best party dresses.
This post originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.