Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Accessories - the Coco Chanel Way

If you don't own a pair of the latest trendy matchstick pants, or even something with ruffles that promotes your with-it-ness of the season, you probably shouldn't focus on just accessories. That said, those of you have have the basics down probably appreciate some accessory gab. I get most of my inspiration (from fashion to decorating) from my grandmother, Josie (seen left), who had a Hepburn-like timelessness.

As Coco Chanel once said (I'm paraphrasing here) 'when you get dressed to go somewhere, and have all of your accessories on, take a look in the mirror and edit yourself by taking one thing off.' This could be a helpful hint for the Kardashians, or people who over accessorize without matching the theme of the articles. Take for instance, a person who has on a watch, a bracelet, a necklace, earrings and a snazzy belt. Too much? Maybe. But doable - YES. Especially if each individual article is tastefully simple and doesn't compete with the aesthetic.

Think about the "look" you are going for before executing. Then decide whether that lariat necklace is a bit too much, paired with the black pants and button down you have on for work. The trend reports for Spring 2010 boast fabulous metallic shimmery accessories. Try a thin metallic belt over a long cardigan, or a chunky metallic wrist cuff with an open-front vest and skinny jeans. But always remember to self-edit. If you're looking to pile on the "flare" - you may want to consider applying at TGI Fridays instead.

Some fantastic finds for accessories :
Anthropologie ($$)
Lou Lou Boutiques ($ - $$$)
Urban Outfitters ($)
H&M ($)
Target (has some great resort-wear accessories with coral and enamel right now!)
J.Crew ($$$)
ETSY ($ - $$)

Happy Shopping!


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