2013 Accessories All-Stars

Chanel bag, Hermès cuff, Balenciaga bag

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.

Ankle Boots

Ankle boots

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

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

Arm candy

Nothing dainty about the arm candy I was drawn to this year. Bold cuffs and watches with a a menswear look felt right.



Classic Bags

Classic Bags

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?

Bonne année!!

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  1. December 31, 2013 / 3:23 am

    Once again…excellent choices. The ankle booties really did explode everywhere this year…but I am glad…I really like them. I also like the leather cuffs. One of those is currently on my wish list!

  2. December 31, 2013 / 4:31 am

    Well chosen accessories are essential in my opinion. Especially scarves which add colour close to the face.

  3. December 31, 2013 / 5:15 am

    I agree with you, accessories do make all the difference. I think I have just become aware of this through blogging. Less clothes, more accessories. Lovely choices here!

    blue hue wonderland

  4. December 31, 2013 / 5:56 am

    For me, stylish shoes and boots, big rings and anything leopard!
    Bonne année!

  5. Laurie
    December 31, 2013 / 6:09 am

    You have helped me realize the “power” of great accessories, and I’ve had a lot of fun moving beyond my normally extremely conservative look, even though my clothing hasn’t changed. Thank you and happy new year!

  6. December 31, 2013 / 7:09 am

    As a paring-down-wardrobe woman I am really enjoying this post. Booties forever, I say, and there’s nothing like a silk scarf. I am almost never “seen” with my purse, so a good old Coach black bag does the trick for me.

  7. Joan
    December 31, 2013 / 7:23 am

    Love the chunky blaack boots 2nd row. What brand are they?
    Great choices!

    • une femme
      December 31, 2013 / 7:38 am

      Hi Joan, thanks! The boots are from Eileen Fisher, available here:


      I adore those boots and wear them every chance I get!

  8. December 31, 2013 / 7:39 am

    I think your best accessory is your new hair color! Theresa

  9. Jeanne Maxon
    December 31, 2013 / 7:52 am

    Love the green ankle boots, bottom left! What brand are they? Also really enjoy your posts 🙂

  10. Patty
    December 31, 2013 / 7:56 am

    I, too, find myself looking at accessories at stores even before I look at any clothing. One of my favorite accessories is a fabric brooche. Some are made of felt, some of leather, often in the shape of a stylized flower. (Chicos used to sell lots of these. Not so much anymore.) By placing a brooche on one side of my top, I get a kind of asymetrical look that is flattering on me.

    BTW, one of my favorite looks on you, use femme, is your Eileen Fischer biker jacket. Loved it so much, I bought one for myself. Alas, as usual with EF, I just couldn’t get the right fit.

  11. Jeanne Maxon
    December 31, 2013 / 7:56 am

    Love the green ankle boots, bottom left! What brand are they? Also love your posts 🙂

    • une femme
      December 31, 2013 / 8:25 am

      Hi Jeanne, thanks! The green suede boots are from Zadig & Voltaire. I purchased them in Paris in 2012, I think. I don’t believe they’re still available, but Z&V has some similar styles here: http://bit.ly/1d6Df0N

  12. December 31, 2013 / 7:58 am

    My favourite among the booties are the soft green suede ones! I love those. Unfortunately we have to wear heavier, uglier boots up here this time of year, not just because of the cold, but because of the dirt and road salt. I do have soft leather ankle booties though.

    Among my favourite accessories is my collection of bérets. A while back, I posted an importer of quality Basque bérets (from the Spanish side of the Basque Country) who has them in all sizes, including for people with small or large heads. I have cotton bérets too, nice for mild weather or even for sun protection. These also come in three sizes. They are made in Toronto, by Parkhurst.

  13. Patty
    December 31, 2013 / 8:01 am

    A question to you and your readers: how do you carry your two-handled bags? Sounds like a silly question, but I have trouble with the handles falling off my shoulders and just haven’t developed the knack for carrying a bag in the crook of my arm.

  14. December 31, 2013 / 9:40 am

    I think this post tells the story of the Deja Pseu style perfectly! Maybe one more, on straight leg jeans and tunic sweaters, and we can all emulate!

    • December 31, 2013 / 9:43 am

      Ha! Now I see you are one step ahead of me and wrote that post yesterday!:)

  15. December 31, 2013 / 4:39 pm

    So many great picks! (I’ve gone for all black with zebra print stilettos for this evening.)

    Love your red shoes though!

    Wishing you a wonderful 2014!

  16. January 1, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    I love a pop of colour so if I am wearing neutral coloured clothes I will add at least one accessory in a bright colour. I have a couple of brightly coloured watches, a rainbow of scarves and a pair of red lace-ups, which sadly need replacing, so that’s on my shopping list for the new year sales.

  17. Kris
    January 1, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    You rock the accessories. I’ve been much more conscious of how functional and attractive scarves can be. I just bought my first real Alexander McQueen skull scarf, which I would never have dreamed of spending the $$ on were it not for your blog.

  18. Nicole
    January 8, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    Hello, apologies for being so late with this question, but I am looking for scarf tips. The reddish ones above appear to be tied the same way. Is it the method from one of your tutorials? Thank you! You make me love accessories and scarves! I made a bracelet like the one you have that is spike-y. I wore it today and while at Nordstrom a clerk at the jewelry counter loved it. 🙂 Ahh, inspiration.

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