If it wasn't already blindingly obvious, I like shopping (not that I've built a whole franchise around my obsession or anything…). However, for some inexplicable reason, I just can't summon the same enthusiasm for accessories as I do for skirts, jackets, tops or jumpsuits. When it comes to jewellery, shoes and bags my attitude is very minimalist: I want a concise edit of pieces that work their hardest. I can happily spend hours putting together an outfit, but I need my accessories to go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe and be ready to be grabbed at a moment's notice.
Because of this somewhat austere approach, I find that I generally opt for shoes and bags in neutral colourways—such as black, brown or white. They also need to be practical, so that means shoes need to be comfortable and bags roomy enough to fit my life in (Wandler's Hortensia is so good for this purpose—it's a small crossbody with a Tardis-like interior). My jewellery, meanwhile, needs to be delicate enough not to steal the limelight, but at the same time still able to add that metallic lift so many outfits crave. The result of this picky attitude toward accessorising? I've now accumulated a pretty winning accessory capsule wardrobe if I do say so myself.
So whether you're a hoarder who needs to give their wardrobe a bit of a cull or, like me, an accessory minimalist in need of guidance, I've done the hard work for you and listed the six accessories I can't live without. Scroll down to see my picks.
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