Every so often a trend comes along that just looks so right it makes you wonder why it didn’t become a thing sooner. Circle bags are having a moment and has us wanting to eschew hard lines and instead embrace this softer silhouette. Whether you opt for a top-handle ladylike incarnation like blogger Blair Eadie above or a practical crossbody version this spherical accessory will round out (sorry, had to be done) your new season wardrobe.
Accessories are an easy way for me to change up the look of a particular outfit and give it a different vibe so I love experimenting with different pieces whether it be a pair of knockout statement earrings or a simple necklace. Whilst I am known to mix it up I do have a regular rotation of accoutrements which I almost never leave the house without, with most holding really special sentimental value. These are my faves….
A watch, Cartier nail bracelet and engagement and wedding rings are a constant in my everyday look
My wedding and engagement ring
I feel naked if I ever walk out of the house without wearing either of these rings. They hold such great sentimental value and are a lovely memento of one of the best days of my entire life.
Cartier nail bracelet
A classic piece that I’ve had for several years and pretty much wear every single day. Cartier do such beautiful investment jewellery that is timeless yet still has a modern touch. I can count on this bracelet to work with virtually everything I wear and always makes a great complementary piece to any watch I’m wearing.
I’m a definite watch girl and always have a timepiece on every single day. I’ve got a few different watches ranging from the ultra special such as the watch I received as a gift on my 30th birthday to on trend pieces that are very of the moment. I like to mix it up depending on my mood that day.
These diamond earrings are timeless and go with virtually everything I own
My family gave me a pair of diamond studs as an 18th birthday present and I rarely take them out. I think that’s the appeal of diamonds—they’re definitely a splurge but they more than make up for it in cost per wear as they can work for a daytime look just as easily as they can work with an evening ensemble.
This coin necklace was a gift from my dad
Gold coin necklace
I have a piece that my dad gave me which is a gold necklace with a coin. It’s an antique coin that he had especially made into a necklace for me so I have always treasured. I love that it also has a historical element to it.
What are your favourite can’t-live-without accessories?
Want to bring a touch of resort style to your everyday look? Raffia bags look oh-so perfect on a tropical island getaway and now the relaxed vibe of this beach holiday staple has made its way into the mainstream. They add an interesting textural element to an outfit and are an easy-breezy option for carrying all your essentials. Whether you opt for a tote, a crossbody or tote incarnation it’s one way to feel like you’re always on an exotic sojourn—even if you are just heading out to buy coffee! And hey, if Olivia Palermo has given it her stamp of approval you know it has to be good.
Pint-sized shoulder bags are a winter must-have. They’re ideal for a night out as they leave your hands free for juggling canapes and cocktails, and for all day as a compact way of carrying your (smaller) essentials.
If you want to elevate a look, the addition of a gilded accessory is a guaranteed way to make something look luxe. Team this bag with a classic top-to-toe black ensemble for the ultimate in effortless chic.
MIMCO’s Trance Mini Hip (in Black/Alabaster) packs a sartorial punch with the combination of mirrored details, metal studs and a beautiful scalloped strap. It’s an eclectic mix but when worked back with muted tones such as black and grey it’s striking rather than overwhelming.
Every girl should own a neutral bag that she can easily pair with numerous looks. This bag works for a simple day of errands, as well as for the transition to an evening event. Whilst it can easily remain in regular rotation in your wardrobe, the rose gold finishes keep it from being boring.
When it comes to winter dressing I like to mix it up between moody, dark styling and light, bright looks so my accessories have to be able to follow suit. Here’s how I do it…
Moody and dark
Wearing a head-to-toe black look can sometimes look a little too intense so I like to break it up with contrasting prints such as this oversized houndstooth coat and a sprinkling of accessories. I like to keep my accessories in subdued tones but love to be able tap into the season’s biggest trends. For this particular look I’ve opted for Mimco’s mini chain strap bag (if it’s a big day out I’ll swap it out for a big black tote to be able to carry all my essentials) and a black timepiece and simple jewellery. This is my go-to when I’m after a look that’s classic but with a few contemporary touches.
Light and bright
If I’m doing an outfit in lighter tones I like to opt for more vibrant accessories to build on the pared back palette. In this instance a pair of Mimco statement earrings, oversized sunglasses and a block colour envelope clutch (love the burgundy accent) are the ideal way to bring this particular outfit to life. I usually keep my accessories in similar tones to help tie the look together from head to toe, but in doing so I can afford to mix various styles from the art deco inspired earrings to a modern clutch without it looking haphazard.
Want an easy way to turn a look from so-so to instantly striking? Add a pair of statement earrings a la my good friend and fellow blogger Nadia Fairfax. This season, when it comes to earrings, bigger is definitely better. Whilst the last few seasons we’ve seen loads of minimalist, dainty jewellery, this time around big, bold earrings have definitely made a comeback. Whether you opt for large gilded hoops, something a bit more bohemian or a large avante-garde masterpiece now is the time to let your accessories do the talking. Be sure to keep the neckline of your outfit quite simple so as to really allow your earrings to shine. Lastly, when you’ve got such an eye-catching adornment an up-do is best to allow for an unobstructed view.
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It’s time for summer sandals to go into hibernation and in its place is a gorgeous range of winter flats options. From brogues, to ballet flats and loafers, the styles this season are plentiful so you’ll definitely find a pair to suit your style. Go for rich shades such as black and burgundy, fun finishing details such as fringing and ribbons or a cute feline inspired appliqué. Be sure to team flats with cropped pants to flash a little ankle and you’re sorted for the season.
I love the start of each season as it means I can go shopping and make some key additions to my wardrobe. I often try and pinpoint a few key pieces that I’ll need as opposed to going crazy and buying up every trend in sight. However if there’s one thing I do each season without fail it’s this: I buy shoes in black and neutral. Yep, every season. I’ve done it for years and I’ve found making those strategic shoe purchases will get me through autumn, winter, summer and spring.
Whilst I’ll stick to the same colours I’ll obviously alter the style of shoe according to the weather so in winter I’ll buy a boot and a closed toe shoe such as a pump and if it’s summer I’ll buy both open toed shoes whether it be a sandal or stiletto. A black and a neutral shoe will go with virtually everything in my wardrobe so I know I’m guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it plus buying a season’s key style will update my look accordingly. It’s an easy way to look on trend without having to change your entire wardrobe.
I am a sunglasses girl through and through and have managed to build up quite the collection simply because of the fact I’ve found that sunnies are a simple and easy way to update a look. Simply changing up the frames you’re wearing can instantly give an outfit an entirely different vibe. Now that it’s definitely sunglasses weather there are so many great styles available that I’ve definitely started to compile a wishlist of a few pairs that I’d really like this summer. If you’re in the market for a new pair of sunnies, here are some of my tips for buying a pair you’ll love…
Try them on in person
I’ll buy almost everything online but will refrain from making a sunglasses purchase unless I’ve tried them on in real life. Even with the measurements listed you won’t really know if a pair will suit your face unless you’ve roadtested them first.
Make sure they’re the right fit
It sounds obvious but sometimes some people may not realise they’re wearing the wrong fit for their face. Ensure that they’re not too big – so they shouldn’t sit past your cheekbones, along with not being too wide. If you find you’re constantly having to push them up they’re likely not snug enough to comfortably fit.
Choose a lens to suit your wardrobe
If you wear lots of black go for a black lens as you’ll fine you’ll be able to work it back with your wardrobe a little easier. If you wear lots of brown tones then go for a bronze lens. That said if you want to make a statement you could opt for mirrored lenses which have made a comeback.
Try different brands
You don’t have to spend a fortune on sunglasses to have them look great. Sure, there are some amazing designer frames around but they also come with a hefty price tag so you may want to save those brands for when you’re really trying to spoil yourself and buying a classic pair that will last a few seasons. There are some great frames from brands such as Le Specs and Local Supply and even your local chain stores have some fun options available and they’re great for when you want a pair of sunglasses that are up-to-the-minute and very much on trend. Plus at a more reasonable price point you can consider buying more than one style.
Experiment with shapes
I love everything from a cat’s eye to round John Lennon style sunglasses and classic Ray Ban Wayfarers so you definitely don’t have to restrict yourself to just one shape. Have fun trying a few pairs on so you can see what complements your face shape and also your style.
It’s the little details that really cement a look for me and this top and skirt combination from Dion Lee’s current collection had all the unique design elements I’ve come to expect from one of my favourite designers. I loved the the laser cut trim on the skirt and the subtle split which managed to turn a simple black pencil skirt and elevate it into a great look for the evening. The silk chiffon/neoprene combination of the top was a great mix of textures and with the sprinkling of Swarovski crystals it made it the ideal piece for an event that required dressier attire. The Alaia heels have proven to be a great investment piece. I’ve worn them with multiple looks, for various occasions and they have been the perfect shoe – understated enough to be quite chameleonic and but with enough interesting detail to still allow them to make a bit of a statement.