More then ever, I’m convinced that accessories are key to creating individual style when one’s clothing wardrobe is simple and pared down. I find myself moving between classic and edgy accessories, and sometimes combining elements of the two. What feels right and current are fewer but bolder pieces. Footwear played a more prominent role in my accessorizing this year, which was a fun change of focus.
I’ve loved and have been collecting and wearing ankle boots for several years now. But it seems that in 2013 they really came into their own, and choices have never been more plentiful. I’ve really had to restrain myself from purchasing any more! Ankle boots that are slim though the ankle work beautifully with both pants and skirts/dresses. (For the most flattering look with skirts, match color of tights and boots.)
Pumps With Pizzazz
I’ve discovered the power of a statement shoe. Yes, a classic black pump is always a solid and chic choice, but this year I decided to walk more often on the wild side with a pop of color or pattern at my feet.
Menswear Inspired Watches/Statement Cuffs
Nothing dainty about the arm candy I was drawn to this year. Bold cuffs and watches with a a menswear look felt right.
Huge and/or blingy bags have never really appealed to me, but more than ever what attracts me now are simple, clean lines, elegance and functionality.
Scarves (bien sur)
My silk carrés mostly took a back seat this year to longer scarves of varying weights and materials, which right now feel more current and easier to wear. For lighter weight scarves, try Nordstrom and J.Crew. For 100% cashmere scarves and wraps, L’affaire cashmere has a wonderful selection.
What have been your favorite accessories this year? Do your accessories play a starring role in creating your style or are they more part of the supporting cast?
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