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While facemasks are the definitive accessory of 2020, over the past few months as restrictions have loosened up and socializing responsibly is becoming the new normal, it’s been fun getting dressed up again. When it comes to these brief encounters with society no sartorial item makes as much of an impact as a statement accessory. Those final touches—from a beautifully crafted handbag to bold earrings—are really what people notice. And it’s smart to invest in accessories that will be in heavy rotation in your wardrobe thus making the cost per wear reasonable. Here, we rounded up items that are lust-worthy yet practical for the times.
We called it in our round up of fall must-haves, the lug boot is one of the season’s most sought after footwear trends. The platform boot isn’t just cool (and height-boosting), but the chunky heel is also perfect to stomp around snowy conditions come winter. While there are a sea of black options to choose from, we say stand out from the pack in Stella McCartney’s sleek gray pair.
To Buy: Stella McCartney Emilie Vegetarian Leather Platform Chelsea Boots, $975
Gold Link Necklace
Elevate any outfit—be it a dreamy dress or casual sweatsuit—with a classic chain link necklace. Paris-based jewelry designer Lauren Rubinski creates collectibles to pass down from generation to generation.
To Buy: Lauren Rubinski 14K Gold Lucky Gold Links Necklace, $8,005
Whether you’re stopping at a market to pick up a few essentials or lugging half the contents of your life around, a bucket bag is an elegant way to tote your belongings. Carry Loewe’s chic sculptural bag by the handles or use the shoulder straps for a fuss-free experience.
To Buy: Loewe Balloon Medium Canvas and Leather Bucket Bag, $2650
These uncertain times call for practicality so for now we’re trading in our heels for comfier footwear. But on the days we want to look slightly more put together, loafers do the trick. This season we’re loving feminine Mary-Jane styles with chunky soles. Wear them with socks or tights when the temps start to dive.
To Buy: Proenza Schouler Patent-leather Mary-Jane loafers, $795
Sometimes you gotta treat yourself. Last season’s Bottega Veneta ‘Pouch’ bag achieved cult status the second it debuted. Now, Creative Director Daniel Lee evolved the clutch with a chunky chain strap making it even more versatile and swoony. Act fast, these won’t last on shelves for very long.
To Buy: Bottega Veneta The Pouch chain-embellished gathered leather clutch, $3,600
Face it, during the height of winter you just want to cuddle under the covers—especially when working from home. Extra large scarves or stoles like Gucci’s reversible wrap—plaid on one side and featuring the brand’s “GG” logo on the other—is like having a chic wool blanket draped around you at all times. Bonus: You could basically wear pajamas underneath and no one would be the wiser.
To Buy: Gucci Reversible Appliqued Leather-Trimmed Wool Wrap, $2,250
If lug boots are a little too casual for you, another utilitarian option that’s big this year is the eternally cool combat boot. Pair them with midi dresses or off-duty denim to add instant edgy to your outfit.
To Buy: Chloe Diane Leather Ankle Boots, $1,195
Extra Large Tote
We can’t go out the door without our mask, sanitizer, wipes, water bottle, any snacks (God forbid we get hungry), scarf, and of course our phones. So it makes perfect sense that last season’s itty bitty bag trend is being replaced with the oversize tote.
To Buy: Gestuz Karon Quilted Leather Tote, $280
When most of your day is spent at home or on the move sneakers are a no brainer. And no matter what season, we love rocking a classic white pair. Fashion darling Veja makes its sustainable and minimal cool shoes from recycled plastic bottles and rubber that’s ethically sourced from the Amazon Rainforest. No wonder conscious celebs like Meghan Markle and Emma Watson are fans.
To Buy: Veja V-10 Lace Up Sneakers, $150
If people are staring at you via video conferences and Zoom calls all day, break out the ear candy. Earrings—from sparkly chandeliers and strong gold hoops to sophisticated pearls and sculptural resin—are all trending. It’ll spice up those mundane calls.
To Buy: Sophie Bille BraheSienna 14K Gold And Pearl Earrings, $1,210
The Perfect Clutch
You can’t really hug a friend right now but you certainly can squeeze Loewe’s buttery soft clutch, crafted from supple Nappa leather, while running your errands. Just add the shoulder strap to go hands-free.
To Buy: Loewe Flamenco Nappa Leather Clutch, $2250
Don’t schlep around in socks while working from home. Invest in cozy and chic house slippers. And although Scandinavian label Flattered’s plush faux fur ballet slippers are technically outdoor shoes, we would happily just wear them around the house.
To Buy: Flattered Nina Teddy Faux Fur Ballet Flats, $130