The holiday season is in the air, and you see it all around you as you walk down the street. Christmas carols flutter on the wind, tinsel and lights twinkle from store windows, and green foliage adorn the streetlights. But it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit in the midst of a faltering economy, when your gift budget is quickly dwindling and the enticing sales seem like a mockery. Now there’s a way to earn extra cash to expand your holiday budget – sell gold. Selling gold for cash can be fast and easy, and can help you considerably with your holiday shopping. Read the rest of this entry »
Every woman knows that a little black dress can be made perfect for every occasion (from the office, to a dinner date, to a funeral). And a pair of fitted trousers can be dressed up or down depending on where you’re going or the time of day. By the same token that you have certain wardrobe staples (a neutral trench, a fitted oxford, and camisoles in every color of the rainbow), there are a few accessories that no woman should be without when she’s trying to put together the perfect ensemble (regardless of the occasion). Here are five accessories that will compliment just about any outfit and keep you looking like the classy, sexy, modern woman that you are. Read the rest of this entry »
Giving a fashion accessory gift to your sister, mother, best friend or wife is a great way to give them something they’ll love. If you’re shopping for someone who loves fashion and is always interested in getting the next beautiful trinket for her wardrobe, a gorgeous accessory is the perfect present. Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to using jewellery as an accessory, you were probably always told to keep things simple. That’s all changed these days because you can get daring and bold with your jewellery now. You aren’t limited to simple, thin, gold chains and a basic ring or two today. There are some fabulous choices that can really make your appearance pop when you go out for a night on the town. You can get bold with your jewellery choices without looking like Mr. T; it just takes a little planning and imagination. Read the rest of this entry »
A woman’s fashion accessories often make a huge difference on her overall look. In other words, fashion accessories can enhance or completely destroy a good outfit, depending on your choice and colours.
What are we talking about when we mention fashion accessories? These are ornaments worn or used by women to accentuate or complement their clothes.
On the top of the list is jewellery. These include earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and watches. Matching earrings are great at enhancing a good dress or outfit. Earrings can also be used to great effect when mixing and matching. The same can be said for bracelets and necklaces. Most of us have also seen the effect of shiny expensive jewellery on virtually any ordinary clothes. No wonder the rich and famous spend a lot of time and take great care in selecting the right jewellery as a fashion accessory. But the truth is you don’t have to be fabulously wealthy to use accessories to great effect. With a little thought any person young or old can bring out the best in any outfit with the proper accessories.
The other key accessories that you’ll want to consider are purses and handbags. Without a doubt these fashion trimmings are considered almost mandatory for women of all ages. It is therefore not uncommon to have handbag to match every outfit in your wardrobe. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one!
When you mention fashion accessories for women; necklaces, bracelets and handbags quickly come to mind. There is no doubt that these are the major fashion accessories that women all over the world consider ‘must-haves’ when looking for ways to enhance their wardrobe. However, there are other less obvious accessories that are equally as important and cannot be ignored. I’m talking about sandals, shoes rings and even watches.
Sandals come in a wide range of designs, styles and colours. This is considered as part of the problem because most folks get totally confused and are directionless when it comes to choosing the right one. This is why it is a good idea to focus on one single outfit at a time.
Rings are tiny items, but again they can make a huge difference when it comes to adding elegance and sophistication to an ordinary dress or lady’s suit.
Lately, a lot more thought has been put into wrist watches and how they can be worn as the perfect accessory to enhance any outfit. What matters most here are colour, styling and quality.
The greatest danger when there are so many accessories to consider is over accessorizing yourself. This is why it is prudent to first decide which particular accessories will be best for which outfit. If you are able to, you can even try out different accessories with your outfit of choice before deciding which ones to go with.
As my travels through Europe continue, my shopping habits evolve to adapt to what is appropriate for my current location. While the south of France brings the urge to buy designer rain boots and all things quick-dry, the northern mountain cities’ uniform standards call for knit layers and over the knee socks. Moving northeast into Luxembourg, trusty skinny jeans and a more casual, classic style is evident and sneakers are o-ok (which is good news for me after wearing boots and heels all through France; what a relief!) Despite an evidentially different approach to dress, each of these cities had one common ground: Accessories. Lucky for me, jewellery is as important as clothes are to me and I have had some amazing finds so far (except that Chanel pearl necklace from that vintage store in Paris; if only I had 600€!) Although there are many great jewellery stores in Europe, from the London based trendy shop Accessorize to one of a kind hand made jewellery boutiques such as Komplette, my favourite place to grab a necklace or two so far has been the famous Galeries Lafayette (aside from my friend Melissa’s private collection which actually rivals Lafayette’s collection).
The flagship store is in Paris, but the massive department store can also be found around France. Astonishingly, I happened to be in town at the right time to stop by Lafayette as they were having their once yearly sale. Score. After endless wandering through the eight levels of clothing, beauty and cosmetics and home furnishing sections (which I have never had even the most remote interest in until seeing the crazy nick-knacks sold at Lafayette and around Paris – heart-shaped sterling silver plateware, anyone?) I found myself on a whole floor dedicated just to accessories. Jewellery, handbags, belts, shoes, hosiery and outerwear accessories all harmoniously hung together in an accessory heaven.
Purses and bags, or ‘sacs’ en français, are categorized by brand. French favourites such as Longchamp and Chloé can be found among American classics like Guess and Ralph Lauren. The flagship store in Paris also has smaller salons within the handbag section and boasts private rooms with names like Prada, Versace and Balenciaga. The shoe section is also one organized by brand and mini sections of mostly French designers I have never heard make me wish I was born in Paris so I could be familiar with Serafini booties instead of Aldo’s version. International favourites like Marc Jacobs and even Uggs are evidentially popular globally as I witness two women snatch up each pair, respectively.
Hosiery is a whole wonderland in itself at Lafayette and for good reason; they are a staple in the French’s wardrobes. Brand name tights like Wolford and leggings by Joe’s Jeans line incredibly long aisles filled with fashion-forward legwear ranging from wool thigh-high socks to rose-printed tights. Sheers, patterned, tye-dyed, dip-dyed, ombré, ribbed and embellished tights and leggings helped me understand why the French hardly ever wear pants and opt for one of these many fashionable choices instead. The only small problem is how often they tear from getting snagged on that dazzling bracelet you found in the next section over… the jewellery section.
The jewellery section at Lafayette is possibly the most fabulous array of sparkle I have ever seen in my life. The collections range from vintage-inspired to modern twinkles to trendy baubles. Lafayette’s private brand just gets it right and creates pieces that are on-trend yet seem seasonless. Other brand name jewellery collections can also be found and you may even find yourself having the confidence to don a headband with a 40’s inspired feather headpiece attached to it. After all, if it’s at Galeries Lafayette, it must be part of that elusive, effortless chic style those Parisians seem to have accomplished so easily.
- Aimee Brothman