In a perfect world, I'd finish off every outfit with a jacket and maybe a scarf.
But I'm not living in a perfect world - I'm living in Arizona where it's 100,000 million degrees (in fact, yesterday, I looked at the weather and it said 104 and I said aloud, "That's not so bad." Save me).
So I have to rely on non-layer type items to make me look put together.
Here are my three favorite ways to look like I got dressed with the lights on:
1. Shoes. Nothing ruins a good outfit faster than the wrong shoes. (Really, my main outfit finisher is a full-length mirror. I can tell you how many times I've gotten dressed in a scenario where I couldn't see my full body and then later realized, "Wow, this looked much better in my head"). I've really gotten better in the last couple of years of buying realistic shoes for my lifestyle, so I have a fairly good collection of comfortable and cute shoes (these flats are on my to-buy list for London).
2. Lipstick. A couple of years ago, I was totally afraid of lipstick. Now? It's basically a necessity for me. I especially like red and pink in the summer. I'm a fairly minimal makeup wearer, so I feel like lipstick makes a big difference.
3. Earrings. I almost never go without earrings, even if it's just a tiny little pair. I'm not a huge jewelry wearer, but I feel a little naked without earrings.