We are nearing the end of the Wardrobe Architect, and for me, today is an easy one. Accessories is one area of my wardrobe I have had figured out for quite a while now. When it comes to accessories, I am a minimalist. I do not wear very many at once, and those I do wear are pretty simple and classic. Which is funny because many of my friends are serious maximalists in this department, and it works for them. Sure, I had that stretch where I wore really big plastic rings, but it didn't last long and soon I returned to small and specifically chosen accessories.
I am not going to talk about every accessory under the sun, because that's a lot of stuff when you consider that basically everything on your body other than clothing, is an accessory. So I am going to talk about the key accessories I wear regularly, and why I love them. All images are pinned on my Wardrobe Architect Pinterest board, so please go there to link to the original source.
Sunglasses might not seem like the most obvious accessory to start the conversation with, unless you live in a place as sunny as Los Angeles that is. In LA, you have to wear sunglasses nearly every day, and I know that might sound like I'm complaining that it's sunny all the time (and yeah, maybe I am a little) but the reality is that most people have a handful of sunglasses in rotation at all times, because it truly is a daily need.
The main two pairs I wear all the time are the two pictured above. The top pair is from Tom's and the bottom pair is from Bonlook. I also have a lovely light blue pair from Prada, but I couldn't find an image of them anywhere, and I don't have them with me in Paris to photograph them, so you'll have to live without seeing them!
While my clothing is getting more and more neutral in color, all my daily sunglasses are fun colors, though nothing bright. I think that these colors are flattering on my skin tone and it's a little bit of personality added to my outfit. Although I have been daydreaming for a while about getting a pair of classic black Raybans, as it might be nice to have something simple and classic in my rotation.
I know it's probably totally cliche and predictable, but I love berets. All the berets, in all the colors, both with and without pompoms! All of them. And though I own a lot of them, I often forget to wear them. Now to be fair, it is warm a lot in LA, as already discussed above, but still, I need to remind myself to wear them more. I mean, look how cute my friend Devon is in her beret below!
It really can add a little je ne sais quoi, bringing a simple outfit to that of an ingenue. So this is an official notice to myself: Christine, wear more of your berets. They're cute and you love them, and you might look mysterious. So do it! Okay, thanks me.
I think like many of my friends, I have a serious scarf hoarding issue. I have a ton of scarves, though unlike my stockpile of berets, I actually wear my scarves nearly every single day. They are all pretty neutral in color, but many do have prints on them, so they're not totally neutral.
For the most part, the scarves I wear look a lot like those pictured above: long and large, wrapped around my neck a couple of times. In LA it can be a great layer when you need a little something, but not the warmth of actual outerwear.
I made a very conscious shift one day in my jewelry habits about 10 years or so ago. I wore trendy earrings, big vintage pins, and all kinds of rings. But then one day I knew that it was the day I wanted to be a grown up lady about my jewelry. That sounds like I'm judging what others do, or that they're not grown up by wearing lots of wacky things, but I'm absolutely not. I just know that I'm not mean to look like Iris Apfel.
I wear three pieces of jewelry everyday, and I pretty much never veer from that. Or I should say, sometimes I add something minimal to go with these three items, but these three items are always on me. The earrings only come off for sleeping and swimming, and the rings never come off, ever. The two rings I wear everyday 24/7 were custom made to fit me on two different trips to Paris. The versions on my Pinterest board are gold because these silver ones aren't on their site. But mine are silver and on my hands always.
The earrings I've worn everyday of my life for the last 5 1/2 years are very similar to these from Tiffany (my exact pair are no longer made). They were a gift from my late man for my 40th birthday, and I've literally worn them everyday since that day. They go with everything, they're elegant but just sparkly enough, and they're classic and make me feel like a lady, as Tiffany diamonds should. And to say I'm seminally attached to them would be an understatement.
I used to wear a lot of pretty flats, but after a while, I got tired of the constant lower back pain of standing on my feet all day in unsupportive flats. Soon after that I discovered Dansko and other similar shoes, that are cute and really comfortable. I need to be able to really walk in my shoes. Now, I'm talking about my everyday shoes, not special occasion footwear. I'm totally into impractical shoes for a special night out, but for day to day wearing, I like to walk, sometimes for many miles.
The main shoes I wear everyday are Dansko. The main sandals I wear I picked up from Bensimon in Paris. I also love the Sven sandals in my closet, which can be seen in the product photos on my site, but they aren't as good for real walking of great distances, and I like to really walk!
The last accessory I use everyday are bags and purses. Don't judge me, but I will never sew my own purses. It's the one thing I really like to use store bought that I could potentially make. But I really like nice elegant bags, and well, most of the handmade ones look a little, I don't know, handmade. Pretty much all my bags are Orla Kiely bags, though they are her more subtle bags, staying generally in neutral colors, aside from my blue bow bag on the lower right of the image, which was a birthday present from my late man. It's so super fun and feminine, I just love it.
I'm often afraid that my choice of accessories are too boring, but honestly, seeing them all lined up here like this makes me think that they're not so boring after all! They are all feminine and vintage-inspired, and pretty minimal compared to my friends. But they all look like me, and I guess that's the key to this whole Wardrobe Architect process.
The Wardrobe Architect Series:
2016 Wardrobe Architect Project
Wardrobe Architect Week One: Making Style More Personal
Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining a Core Style
Wardrobe Architect Week Three: Exploring Shapes
Wardrobe Architect Week Four: Proportions and Silhouettes
Wardrobe Architect Week Five: Your Color Story
Wardrobe Architect Week Six: Organizing Your Palette
Wardrobe Architect Week Seven: Exploring Solids & Prints
Wardrobe Architect Week Eight: Hair, Makeup, & Beauty
Wardrobe Architect Week Nine: The Capsule Wardrobe
Wardrobe Architect Week Ten: The Capsule Palette
Wardrobe Architect Week Eleven: Planning Your Pieces
Wardrobe Architect Week Twelve: Adding Accessories
Wardrobe Architect Week Thirteen: Overcoming Editing Hurdles