I know this is a tall order, but it’s not too tall for me.
I may be short in stature, but I’m tall on style.
You know what I mean.
I’m not afraid to tackle the hard-hitting style subjects, like why you keep buying the wrong clothes or the pants that have the potential to make you look older and heavier.
Yep, I went there.
And you might not think that accessories are all that controversial, but you would be wrong. The most, ahem, strongly worded comment I ever received was about shoes.
Who knew there could be that many strong opinions about shoes?
Oh, yeah. I did. I have LOTS of opinions on shoes, as well as jewelry and bags and pretty much allllll of the things that make up this broad topic. And that’s why it’s a little daunting.
In looking over this list, I am already spotting 2 accessories I failed to mention in the video: A versatile hat and a neutral pair of boots.
But I’m almost 273% positive I nailed everything else.
But just in case I’m wrong (seriously, though, what are the odds????), let’s just use this as a starter list.
Here, (most of) the only accessories you’ll ever need.
It all started with the Hermes Oran slides, below, which are perennially popular and chic and also $630. Sam Edelman made a dupe that is super comfortable and a great alternative, but any comfortable neutral slide will have the same effortlessness and versatility. You can find my faves here.
Nude Strappy Sandals
Years ago, a black satin pump was the go-to for evening look, but it was seen as strictly an evening shoe and wasn’t nearly as versatile as today’s version, the nude strappy sandal. As versatile as the slide, but dressier, this shoe goes from church to cocktails with ease and works with anything you want to dress up in your wardrobe, from jeans to formalwear. You can find them all here.
Colored Pump (or Flat!)
These are the easiest way to add a pop of color to an outfit, and can help you turn boring outfits into interesting ones.
The next shoe that I recommend is a chic loafer. You want to make sure these have an element that makes them stylish, so that they do not look too boring or masculine, both of which can end up looking a little frumpy. Interesting, pretty colors or textured leather all add a more stylish look. If loafers are not for you, a sleek ballet will work as well.
A simple and streamlined pair of sneakers in either white or black is a great choice because it combines youthful energy, comfort and style. Use them to add an unexpected touch to potentially stuffy outfits.
A chic leather (or faux leather) tote in a neutral color is a timeless and versatile piece that works for every wardrobe and lifestyle. You can find my faves here.
Neutral Structured Bag
A neutral structured bag is one of the timeless and elegant bags you can own. Choose one in the best quality you can afford and you will have it for years. My favorites are in this catalog.
A chic clutch in a fun color or pattern is a great accent to both casual outfits and evening looks. The most versatile clutches come with straps so they can be worn both ways. You will find plenty to choose from here.
A neutral belt in good quality leather is a great investment and can add polish to so many looks. Look for a pretty buckled and (ideally) reversible style for maximum value and versatility. There are several more right here.
A dark, oversized pair of sunglasses can add instant polish to whatever you wear, and they protect the eyes as well. You’ll find more styles here.
A chic pair of hoop earrings never goes out of style, even if some of the details change from time to time. Choose a simple pair in your metal of choice and you can’t go wrong. I have many others to choose from here.
A wear everyday with everything essential, a pretty and polished and simple necklace can make be the finishing touch on almost every outfit. You’ll find more styles here.
Which of these accessories do you already have? And which would you like to get next? Let me know in the comments!