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Gabrielle Union's Style Essentials: Hoop Earrings, Lots of Sparkle and a Good Bargain!

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Gabrielle Union, PEOPLE StyleWatch‘s July cover girl, is one well-dressed woman — and lucky for us, she’s sharing some of her current obsessions. The actress tells PEOPLE StyleWatch that her style stems from a few wardrobe staples, like classic accessories. “I live in hoops — classic, funky, high-end. I’ve never seen a hoop that didn’t agree with me,” she says. “I’m addicted. I love going to Cost Plus [World Market] — it’s so easy to grab a bunch — funky hoops, ones with splashes of color, all-purpose ones. They’re like $4.95!” And it’s not just earrings Union scores for less. “I like to mix high-end, designer things with funkier less expensive pieces. Even ones under $10,” she reveals. “I call it balling on a budget!” But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have the urge to splurge. “I already did it,” she admits of her latest big-ticket items, two designers handbags. “One is a zippered Alexander Wang, the other is a chain-strap Stella McCartney.” Perhaps she can pair them with her neutral outfits? “I wear a lot of white,” she says. “White¬†clothes just give an air of comfort. And if you don’t go too tight, it looks good on most people.” And what outfit is complete without a little glitter? “My rule for sparkle is that there’s no such thing as too sparkly of a dress! It makes you feel like a princess,” she shares. “Just play down the rest.” Get more of Union’s tips in the latest issue of PEOPLE StyleWatch, on newsstands now. Tell us: What are your style essentials? –Kim Peiffer