ACCESSORIES REPORT: The Elephant in the Room

I’ve seen at least 15 of those big, elaborate J.Crew necklaces in the past two days. Their cult-classic popularity is understandable; after all, who can resist an affordable fashion statement? However, showing up to prom in the same dress as someone else haunts a girl. It’s never fun to feel like a victim of a Who-Wore-It-Better? column. This week’s Fashionista makes it impossible to ignore her individuality by choosing a one-of-a-kind piece of art to adorn her neck.

With different accessories, you can reinvent your entire wardrobe. If you pair this blouse from Topshop with any pair of earrings from this Forever 21 set that costs less than a frappucino, you can’t go wrong. It looks cute and classic. But how long will it be before you’re yawning at the sight of those basic gold studs? If you’re not a fan of resold apparel or accessories, Etsy has plenty of handmade options. I love this modern geometric one by iluxo.

If you are looking to spice up your wardrobe but, like me, can’t afford to buy Alice + Olivia outfits straight off the runway, then artsy accessories are your salvation. The best accessories look great AND tell a story, and if you keep an open mind, it is easy to amass a tiny museum in your bedroom. I always find my favourite pieces in the most unexpected places. I have a sea glass necklace that I found in a Kona coffee plantation, Navajo-inspired earrings from the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire and an amazing beaded clutch from the deep recesses of my grandmother’s storage bins. So as tempting as those trendy, affordable three-packs of earrings can be, try to stray away from buying the same basic studs or anchors once in a while. Scouring your local Goodwill, flea market or even farmer’s market can be well worth the effort.

Spotted: The Lanvin fall 2013 ready-to-wear show features some seriously intriguing hardware.

 

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