Accessories. To me, they are many times more important than the clothes. Just think about it. Take that white tee, those same jeans and add a suede strappy snakeskin sandal, a clutch day bag, loads of bracelets with a big ol’ watch right in the middle of them all, and that outfit is so NOW. It’s all in the accessories. They matter.
Today, I’m highlighting a few of the accessory trends for fall 2012, with the exception of shoes. We’ll devote an entire post to shoes in a couple weeks.
Grab your coffee, this one covers a LOT.
Handbags are so personal. Where some women like a hobo or a tote, some prefer a clutch instead. And there are others, still, who gravitate toward a satchel, a crossbody or a shoulder bag. Truth be told, it does not matter what the current trends are; we all like what we like, and there’s no changing that! If you are fond of clutches or a bag that fits better on your forearm than your shoulder, this is your year to find the perfect bag, as there are lots to fit those preferences.
Today, I’m concentrating most on the satchel since it was given lots of love this season. (There are a few other styles thrown in, too, though):
Chloe. Image source: vogue.com Image credit: Monica Feudi/Feudiguaineri.com
DVF. Image source: vogue.com Image credit: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Ralph Lauren. Image source: Vogue.com Image credit: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Burberry Prorsum. Image credit: Vogue.com Image source: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
More bags from a beautiful photo shoot on saksfifthavenue.com:
Images from photoblogger Phil Oh, featured on Saksfifthavenue.com.
Three close-ups of the bags above:
Notice the bracelets with the bag.
Many bags are being made like this one, with shorter straps for carrying and longer straps for wearing over your shoulder. Notice the only jewelry is a bracelet. No earrings, no necklace…
Wear the satchel trend (click on any image for more information):
Of course my favorite bag featured is a Christian Louboutin and is $2795. As you saw in the SAKS photo with the model crossing the street, this bag is gorgeous in action. For those with the pocket change to afford it, can I come by and pet it? Red or brown, it doesn’t matter. It’s gorgeous.
This fringe bag from Calypso St. Barth can be worn with the shoulder strap or carried by the handles, as well. If you love fringe but can’t afford the Louboutin, this one is $425. I pretty much want this entire outfit.
A Stuart Weitzman exclusive for Simplysoles.com $698
Tory Burch, $625
J. Crew, $275
This Cole Haan is on sale for $199.95 and will make the perfect black bag for someone lucky.
Ivanka Trump, on sale $121.99
This vintage Dooney & Bourke is available on ETSY. With the satchel having such vintage appeal, it’s a great look to break out of the box and scour some vintage stores and websites for! $63
Did you notice anything else from those photos above? It’s the thing I am seeing over and over again: bracelets, and nothing else. By no means do you have to follow this trend, but you have the green light to leave your ears and neck bare and throw on some go-to bracelets at a moment’s notice. And metal jewelry, pearls and beads are making the biggest statements this year. Further proof: the Nordstrom Fall 2012 catalog just arrived and NOT ONE pair of earrings are found on the models. Not one. There are three necklaces showcased. And, the models are all wearing bracelets.
From the runway, this photo on Style.com is their cover shot for trends. One model has on earrings and none have on necklaces. Does this mean you can’t wear earrings and necklaces? NO, it does not! Wear them away, but just know that the emphasis (like it has been for the past couple years) is on the wrist.
Wear this trend (again, click again featured product for more information):
Judith Bright, $438
Alexis Bittar, $395
Robin Haley, $329
Alexis Bittar, $275
Chan Luu still reigns as a favorite. There are lots of knockoff’s out there today for around $40, but the real deal will set you back about $200.
J. Crew classic pavé link bracelet, $125
Judith Bright, $108. I own lots of Judith Bright jewelry and it’s easy to make these pieces work with your casual, work and dressy outfits.
As you can see in the following photos, the stacking trend remains – and adding a watch in the midst of it all is a great look:
Image from Pinterest
No necklace, no earrings, lots of bracelets and rings. Image source: Pinterest
Image source: Pinterest
Image source: Atlantic-Pacific
Image source: Atlantic-Pacific
Atlantic-Pacific. No earrings, no necklace. Pretty nails, 4 rings, lots of bracelets.
Love the black with gold trend seen here, with nails painted black and lots of stacked bracelets. The added silver elements are perfection! Image source: Atlantic-Pacific
Oh, look! A necklace, with bracelets! But, still no earrings… Can you tell that I’m a bit obsessed with this style blog? I want to be 25 again and have a style blog and wear beautiful clothes. (Oh yeah. I was married and pregnant at 25. A style blog would not have worked.) Image source: Atlantic-Pacific
Image source: Pinterest
Town and Country. This is the only shot from the spread that included jewelry besides bracelets. A nice way to wear white after Labor Day, huh?
Okay, so this is a bit of overkill, and it’s from last year, but the overall attitude is still very current. Image source: stylist.com
This trend was big for spring 2012, and is not slowing down for fall. Image source: Seattlestylefile.com
Oh, look at this. Please note that her clean and polished nails are modern–and not French manicured. Her satchel bag, stacked metal bracelets and watch are right on trend. Image source: seattlestylefile.com
Grownup friendship bracelets are a huge trend. Image source: Town & Country.
Wear this trend (It’s easy, and you can combine expensive and cheap together. Click images for details)
Jest Jewels, $80
Silver & Sage, starting at $78
Check out these Judith Bright beauties on their namesake owner. Judith Bright jewelry is available online (by clicking this image), or at their stores in Atlanta and Nashville, and at trunk shows in Birmingham, Memphis, Louisville and many other cities!
Bracelets start at $48.
A stack of three is $66 by Boutique To You.
This is a good year to have a bad hair day… just add a hat.
Ralph Lauren. Image source: Vogue.com Image Credit: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Christian Dior. Image source: Vogue.Com Image credit: Gianni Pucci/GoRunway.com
Donna Karan. Image source: vogue.com Image credit: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Louis Vuitton. Image source: vogue.com Image credit: Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com
Topshop. Image source: Vogue.com Image credit: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Wear this trend (click any image for more information)
J. Crew is embracing the hat. You better love this one as it’s $475. But, to be fair, it from English milliner Patricia Underwood.
Patricia Underwood fedora. $335.
Calypso St. Barth, Long brim hat, $125
Comes in 5 colors. Nordstrom, $48
I’ve mentioned Goorin Brothers before, as I’m a big fan. Their hats are made well and they come in different sizes. I, personally, have a really big head and hats that are sold one-size-fits all (which seems to be the way most are sold) never work for me. So, small heads and large heads rejoice, as Goorin Brothers is affordable, has many different styles and come in sizes xs-xl.
There are not many gloves for sale…yet. They are a ladylike addition, and I think we may see them at some winter galas, but I simply don’t see this much-touted runway trend being embraced in the real world beyond the simple need to keep warm. Here’s why: if you can’t use your smart phone with them, no one will wear them or want them. Accessibility to our phones is pretty much mandatory. Yes, some gloves are made with that smart phone-sensitive fabric in the fingers, but most aren’t. The other problem with the tall gloves is that you’d have to wear those lovely bracelets on top of the gloves…which, again, in the practical world, becomes an issue on many levels. And, there would be no opportunity to show off a manicure.
Here are a few more photos to add to what we’ve already featured:
Burberry Prorsum. Image source: Vogue.com Image credit: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Carolina Herrera. Image source: Vogue. Image credit: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Alexander Wang. Image source: vogue.com Image credit: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
One last thing to mention: collars. Faux or real, there is an emphasis on collars this season. Embellished, Peter Pan or pointed, looks like the dickie is no longer to be laughed at, as they are back, in collar form!
Not this kind of dickie…but this scene always make me laugh.
This is the kind of fake collar I’m talking about. Image source: modawmu.com
I started noticing this trend last year, but you know how it takes a year or two for momentum to build. For a history lesson, this was a very big trend in the 1940′s. Image source: ParisOrginals
Wear this trend:
This is what I’m talking about: ASOS Embellished Stone Floral Collar; $30.65
In fact, ASOS has six different fun collars, all pretty cheap, to check out. This is a micro-trend, but one that might be fun to experiment with.
This one from Urban Outfitters is $48.
For more fun collars, from $48-$500, see this listing at shefinds.com
So, what do we have here?
We have satchel purses, gloves, faux collars, hats and bracelets and the mention of pearls. Does this make anyone else think of their grandma? Well, let me introduce you (if you have not already heard this term) to one of Fall 2012′s biggest trends: Granny Chic. Yes, granny couture is all the rage.
Just be careful with how you combine it all, you Granny Chic embracing gals. I think it’s cute, but it becomes costume-y very quickly. Marc Jacobs; Image souce: tomandlorenzo.com
Have a great weekend!