For me, a good accessory is one you can wear over and over again. One that can transform a look, yet still maintain your classic style. For me, accessories are often the glue that holds my style together. I can be a bit more creative when it comes to clothing, but for my shoes, bags, and even sunglasses, I tend to go for styles that will look great with a huge portion of my closet. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good statement shoe, but more often than not, I like my accessories to be the most flexible items in my wardrobe.
What inspired these particular outfits was my wish for a summer holiday this year. Unfortunately, finishing school, beginning life in the “real world”, and moving cross-country sucked up all my time this season. Although I am a bit sad I didn’t get to go explore somewhere sunny and amazing, I am visiting the beautiful countryside of New York this weekend for a wedding. That will have to tide me over in the short term. But believe me, my travel itch doesn’t stay satiated for long.
Back to accessories, there are a few elements I alway like to consider when selecting my accessories. Whether that be shoes, bags, or sunglasses, I’ve noticed that if I follow these loose rules I’m always happy in the end.
Invest in Quality Pieces
When it comes to my accessories, I always try to choose quality over quantity. I don’t have that many accessories in my wardrobe, mainly because I’m so picky. But a trend I have noticed is that I would much rather have one or two investment pieces that I love rather than a bunch of inexpensive ones that I have to replace and repurchase. When it comes to sunglasses, I’m a total believer in quality over quantity. I own two pairs of sunglasses, one being this Dolce and Gabbana pair pictured. I wear these sunglasses almost every day. Their black frames and classic shape goes with everything and adds an air of sophistication to any look. Ever since I purchased them, I haven’t felt the need for another pair in my collection.
If You Really Love it, Buy Two!
My first experience with this rule of mine was for a Brandy Melville dress, I know, not an accessory nor an investment piece, but it taught me a lesson anyway. I bought a t-shirt dress from them that I loved and wore to death. Eventually wearing it to the point where the cotton pilled, sagged, and it just didn’t wear right anymore. The day I found that same dress in the store a year later, I was ecstatic. Of course, I bought another one and wore that one to death, but nevertheless, my point is that if you fall in love with a timeless piece, invest in two. I recently did this with my Sam Edelman sandals (pictured). I had the gunmetal ones for years (they were a mess), so when I discovered they had gone on sale this summer, I repurchased them, in two colors!
If You Can’t Stop Thinking About it, Treat Yourself!
I will admit, I’m a very inconsistent shopper. I either stalk a website for weeks, looking over all the pieces in my cart and imagining how I would integrate them into my closet. Or I’ll go on a shopping binge where I’ll go to one of my favorite stores, usually Zara, try on 15 pieces and leave spending much more money than I had planned. Now that I’ve recognized this about myself, I tend to be a bit more cautious, weighing my options and determining which pieces I have to have more. For example, I had been admiring this Cult Gaia bag (pictured) for months. I had been imagining what outfits I’d wear it with and how I could accessorize it, but it took me forever to splash out and buy it. Once I realized how much I was thinking of it and recognized how well it would fit into my wardrobe, I could justify making the purchase.
For example, I had been admiring this Cult Gaia bag (pictured) for months. I had been imagining what outfits I’d wear it with and how I could accessorize it, but it took me forever to splash out and buy it. Once I realized how much I was thinking of it and recognized how well it would fit into my wardrobe, I could justify making the purchase.
Everybody has their own tips and tricks on how they maintain an integrated and flawless wardrobe without breaking the bank. Some invest in their clothing, some in their accessories. Just remember that your wardrobe is an investment. It won’t grow overnight and it’s taken me years to get to a place where I’m happy with mine.
Thank you to Romwe for gifting me the clothing pictured for this post!
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