Accessories

(Fashion) Life is In the Details

Accessories

Life, they say, is in the details. Now that you’ve acquired the separates (at Christmas, during Hanukkah, combing the Sales) how do you create a new look mixing and matching with what’s already in your closet-accessorize!

Distinctive Sunglasses

Top Left:
Karen Walker Eyewear Patsy Sunglasses—This can only refer to the fabulous Patsy from the British TV phenomenon, Absolutely Fabulous. She knows her own mind and it’s behind those glasses somewhere. Oversized hexagons with high density plastic, translucent frames and dark lenses. High glare reduction/UV protection. $180

Top Right:
Yellow Super Sunglasses—Carry your own sunshine. These are Elton John chic. A little Rock ‘n Roll, very arty. Sturdy arms and clean rectangular shape. You won’t see these coming and going. $130

Bottom Right:
D&G Large, Basic Glam—Wear them down on your nose like Nabokov’s Lolita, up on your head while perusing Vogue at the local newsstand, in front of your eyes crossing the Country Club parking lot. Plastic gradient lenses and frames. 100% UV protection. Oversized AND red/orange for double impact. $135

Bottom Left:
House of Harlow 1960 Sasha Sunglasses—Librarian gets cool. Designed by Nicole Richie (uh huh) with retro chic girl in mind. Hard frames with removable temple chains and dangling tassels. $169

Vests

Vests can make both top and bottom look fresh.

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Daytrip Velvet Tie Vest—Faux Fur with a nice low V, and velvet ribbon tie. Easy, casual, and on trend. Boxy fit. Wear it over jeans or leather. The bow makes it. $65

Cameron Button Front Waistcoat-–What is it that drives men wild over women who sport men’s clothes? Whether paired with a simple cotton shirt or satin blouse with a high neck and jabot (well, it would look wonderful), the line is figure flattering, the look tidy. Classic low back; double breasted button front with banker lapels. Grey. 49% wool, 49% polyester, 2% elastane. $180

Light Brown (and Off White) Navajo Waistcoat—A far cry from Ralph Lauren prices, this offers the Indian effect in whispery winter hues. Wrap waistcoat with traditional geometric designs. Satin ribbon ties. $56

Limited Edition Leather Vest—Instead of the usual heavy, boxy interpretation of this, Millen offers a nipped in waist and feminine line. Italian leather biker vest with unusual angled zipper and peplum bottom. Trimmed with branded metalwork. $299

Belts

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Diane Von Furstenberg Julie Belt—Terrific tassel tie front (they move with you), bold color with enough width to make a statement and create a real waist. 2 ½” wide. 100% leather. Gold hardware. Dresses up an outfit. $265

Top Center:
2 Strap Wide Belt—This piece looks like $500 worth of French design, while actually a fraction of the cost. Diamond cut outs to the center front, double strap fastening, silver metal pin buckle fastening straps; sewn detail. 100% polyurethane. Great shape, great color. Sexy corset appearance. $21.82

Top Right:
Pick Triple Row Checker Studded Belt—Terrific on a tunic length black sweater or pants. Just enough zip. Add a touch of color elsewhere-yellow bangles? A bit of purple? Leather bonded with matching black buckle and snap fastening so that buckle can be changed. Triple row checks. $12

Bottom Right:
Diane Von Furstenberg Red Leather Heart Belt—Simple, but says it. Likely to become a signature piece. Elegant, gold colored, heart-shaped buckle makes this conservative but a little flirty. Red adds pizzazz. 100% leather. $175

Bottom Center:
Justin Baroque—How cool will this look with jeans, suede pants, a sweater dress? Decorative without being excessive. Incredibly useful. 100% leather with croc texture, stud and rhinestone embellishment, Swarovski crystals. Removable buckle. 1.5” wide. $125

Bottom Left:
Heidi Klein Gold Belt—This one looks like a million. Wear it for work or play knowing it’s an accessory that sets you apart. Metal and leather work well together. Handsome double gold chain and leather strap. Clasp fastening allows for adjustability. $393

Scarves

Do we ever have enough?

Left:
Deep Fuschia Loop Scarf by Ariane Lespire-–A feather boa reinterpreted in fine Italian wool. Soft knit loops and rosey color will frame and flatter your face. Hand-knit. 6” x 65” of lush warm not-quite-frills. $138

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Matthew Williamson Leopard Silk-Chiffon—The epitome of modern bohemia, this graphic black and white scarf employs leopard print, batik and fuschia pompoms, showing your playful side. Casual and idiosyncratic. 45” square. Year-round wear, but not for warmth. $350

Right:
Floral Bouquet Scarf by Ariane Lespire—Shades of Shakespeare’s Titania. Wear nature around your neck defying the season. Warm and feminine. Attractive tapestry color. Boiled Italian wool in emerald green; appliqués with decorative stitching. 10” x 58” $165

Capes

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Biba Marabou Feather Cape—Ginger Rogers eat your heart out- Waft your way through an evening ducking the curious hands of men and women alike who’ll feel compelled to stroke you. Button fastening. Flutters as you move. Girly as hell. 100% real feathers. Lined in polyester. $130

Right:
Dalmatian Faux Fur Cape—It’s only a young lady look if what you have under it is prim. Be the woman in the room not wearing leopard. Beige and black print faux fur cape with collar; hook and eye fastening. 100% acrylic. Just for fun. $120

Hose

Left:
Hue Floral Net Tights—They’re floral fishnet combining style with sex. Get out the mini and heels. Wear these instead of the usual tinted black and see what happens. Elastic waistband. Nylon/spandex. $13.50

Center:
Falke Merino Wool Ribbed Tights—Soft cotton interior and warm merino wool exterior actually keep you warm instead of just establishing an illusion with something dark on your legs. Baby, it’s going to get cccold out there. Be prepared-especially if you wear skirts. $69

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Leopard Tights—Effect, effect, effect. Move like a big cat; purrrr. Good textured look without a blinding pattern. Nylon/spandex tights with elastic waist. One size fits most. $20

All Kinds of Wrist-Wear

Top Left:
Kelly Wearstler’s Chunky Industrial-Luxe Cuff—Like something the heroine might wear in a Sci-Fi film. Steampunk. For those who wear minimalist and/or classic lines. Gunmetal tone brass embellished with a Septarian Nodule mineral (should you be asked) Open at the back. 2” wide. $345

Top Center:
Set of 6 Purple Crystal Bracelets by Seasonal Whispers—For the slim and delicate, whether young or vintage. Beautifully detailed, go-with-anything pieces. Swarovski crystal and 24k gold plated stations. 2.5” diameter. Blue stones. $105

Top Right:
LK Designs Shimmer Dust Gold Bracelet—Rather ethereal. Definitely wear with soft fabrics and manicured nails. 18K gold pleated cuff by Leetal Kalmanson. Intricate East Indian influenced filigree . Decorated with citrine Swarovski crystals and a pearl. Slightly bendable to adjust to your wrist. 3.07” width. $185

Bottom Right:
Gold and Black Pleated Cuff by Alexis Bittar—Are you a member of The Whitney and/or The New Museum- an appreciator of truly contemporary art? A broad stroke with serious presence. From the signature “Lucite” collection. Hand sculpted and hand-painted in Brooklyn. 18k gold plated. 2” width. Open Cuff. $275

Bottom Center:
RJ Graziano Polished Gold Cuff-–Angular gold cuff like a piece of Frank Gehry architecture. Honestly. Shapely, streamlined, strong. Boardroom jewelry (or the movies) $65

Bottom Left:
Emma Cuff-–A Bobby Fisher design-just kidding. Graphic, clean and more interesting for the pearls. Madonna wore them with torn jeans in the day. Mix n’match. Gunmetal plated brass stretch cuff embellished with black resin stones and silver faux pearls. $100

Metal Brooch Alternatives

Top Left:
Florentina Jeweled Brooch—Handsome on a sweater or jacket, the detailing of this flower makes it more stylish than most millinery finds. 100% polyester flower petals with a bit of iridescence. Rhinestone cluster in the center. $7.98!

Top Right:
Grosgrain Duchess Ribbon Bow—A 3.5” red dotted bow fitted with a salon-style clip for hair with ultrasuede patch for maximum grip; can easily be pinned as well. Lucite cameo framed character-the Duchess from Alice in Wonderland! Whimsical. $75

Bottom Right:
Mohair Yarn Flower Brooch—Keeping it soft. Dusty olive green (many others on the site) 3 layered crochet flower embellished with charcoal/bronze beads at the center. 3”. An original addition to a sweater, suit jacket, or coat; attaching a scarf or on the side of a hat. $8

Bottom Left:
Fan-Style Feathered Anywhere Clip—Radio City Music Hall, running boards, cigarette holders, bugle beads. Evoke the best with this handsome piece of thirties design. Gunmetal Art Deco details with tiny Swarovski crystals. Salon-style clip with ultrasuede patch for maximum grip. $” tall. From The magic Mirror Collection. $70

For Keys, Cards, etc.

Top:
Sponge Bob by Simmons Jewelry Co. Sterling Silver Card Case—Imagine taking this out at an important meeting after you’ve closed the billion dollar deal. Keeps things in perspective. Multi-color Swarovski crystal card case made from 925 sterling silver. Burnished setting for high reflectivity. Clasps securely. 2.25” across. $100

Bottom Left:
Leather Tassel Key Fob—Easy to grasp and find, handsome to look at. Everything counts. If you don’t think it reflects on you to pull out a hardware store ring, you’re wrong. Zinc ring. Tassel in black, red, silver, tan, blue. $18

Center:
Diane Von Furstenberg Coin Pouch Key Chain—Ladylike and classic. Practical too. Stylish storage solution to loose change and apartment/car keys. Zippy four-leaf clover green. Soft leather. $76

Right:
Lulu Guinness Gold Lipstick Keyring—for the kind of woman who can arch one eyebrow. Or your mom who thinks it’s just cute. Polished gold-tone metal with shaped lipstick pendant and engraved logo branding. Retro glamour $81.81

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