Someone drags you to Nordstrom (OK, maybe you aren’t dragged OR drugged. You go willingly, even enthusiastically. You break out into a light run.). “Let’s get lunch there and I just want to check out the new stuff in Savvy”, she says. You begrudgingly oblige (Ditto. You spend an hour getting ready and start to salivate already. The new Marc Jacobs bag! I wonder if they have it!, etc.).
After lunch you’re simultaneously wanting to get the heck out of there (money is tight!) and wanting to satisfy your after lunch sweet tooth with eye candy in the form of checking out new Fall boots. You’re no dummy. You know that you really, really don’t need the latest $200 blouse, or ANOTHER pair of jeans. What you need, if you need anything at all, is an accessory!
Accessories are the staple, the rice, if you will, of a fashion diet. You’ve got the great fit-perfect pair of jeans. You have some really great silk blouses. You have the quintessential black dresses in the closet. Not only will a new accessory change the look of your basic clothes, if you TRULY love the accessory, you’ll feel transformed and exude the kind of stuff we all want to exude. Confidence. Swagger. Even happiness. Just like great sex or falling in love, beauty fulfills! And gives and gives and gives…
Shoes: Revolve clothing has these transforming Joie black web-intricate shoes on sale that you’ve got to check out. Very rock and roll but basic at the same time. $179 Joie “vintage wedge”.
Jewelry: A sparkely, eye-catching bird on the hand is worth two in the bush! Take a look at this supercool ring that looks like a bird has landed on your finger. This pave bird comes in gold or silver and is a “stretch” ring, so fits most everyone. At Nordstrom by Cara Accessories “critter” $38.
Or a fancy necklace that also has a basic feel to it. Wear with everything. Low neck. High neck. This one is by Sequin, on Piperlime and is a steal at $29.99. 15 graduated layers of chain, each with a delicate gold bar. “15 gold layer bar necklace”
Neck/head scarves: This leopard snood (a circle scarf that doesn’t need to be wound) by Mink Pink on Revolve Clothing is a va-va-voom statement piece but still has a classic flavor. Wear it with basic black for wow factor. “Into the wild leopard snood” $88
This one can be worn on the head, bohemian style, or is a light-weight scarf. In white, it’s delicate and pretty, on sale at Shop Bop by Zoey. “Club Monaco” $41.40.
Hair accessory: Also at Shop Bop, check out this feather headband. Subtle but very sexy. A unique way to wear the new feather trend. By Lydia “Eugenia Kim” $99.