Accessories Report

Sometimes over-the-top accessories are necessary to make an outfit look chic, complete and perfectly adorned. But sometimes, as in this Fashionista’s case, they aren’t. To achieve her streamlined look that could easily transition from office to nighttime she decided to stick with simple accessories and a few more ornate focal points.

Although many consider makeup to simply be makeup, I see it as a whole other way to accessorize an outfit. Twiggy’s style revolved around her drawn on lower lashes and cat eyeliner, and a 1920s flapper look wouldn’t be complete without a bold red lip, which this Fashionista embraced. As her rouge aux levres is the only pop of color in her outfit, this Fashionista’s lip tint serves as a focal point and infusion of playfulness, just as typical accessories do. Without the bold lip the outfit would fall somewhat flat, only to be saved by the intricacy of her shirt.

Sometimes individual pieces are already bejeweled or busy enough for an outfit not to warrant added jewelry, like this Fashionista’s painstakingly beaded top. The silvery web of baubles would be obstructed by an added necklace, which is why this Fashionista’s choice of a simple silver ring was the perfect addition of subtle glimmer.

I am usually someone who prefers either a brown bag or a black bag — one or the other, no exceptions — but in this case, this Fashionista’s nude tote works perfectly. Whereas a black bag would have gotten lost next to her pants and blazer, her sand-toned sack pops off of her outfit yet is still cohesive because of the light creamy color of her shirt. Her exposed ankles atop her heeled black booties (which every woman must own a pair of, in my opinion) also create continuity because of their fleshy shade.

Spotted: Costume National’s pre-fall 2013 collection featured blocky, streamlined garments with glassy-sequin accents, black ankle booties and naked necks, wrists and ears.


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