I vote for a closet full of accessories over a closet full of clothes any day, and here's why...
On my fashion journey, I found that editing my closet down to only the pieces I absolutely loved and could style a million ways was really the way to go. For me, these pieces were my timeless silhouettes. I always recommend having those never-go-out-of-style items as a foundation, and if you are going to buy something new aside from a piece you know will stand the test of time, buy an accessory that you are swooning over. Even if it's trendy, I approve. It is the easiest way to style what you already own, yet make your overall look feel special and fresh. Plus, accessories have the power to really show your personality and make even the most pared-down wardrobe unique. Michael Kors said it best...
"Accessories are the exclamation point of a woman's outfit."
I like to say that if Classic Six is the essence of great style, accessories are the personality. It's funny. In an effort to have less, as I got rid of piles and piles of clothes without a second thought, I had a lot of trouble parting with my accessories. I ultimately realized the reason was because they all, for the most part, really brought me joy. They are the heart and soul of my style. My white Donna blouse unbuttoned and half-tucked with my turquoise squash blossom has a very different feeling from my white Donna blouse buttoned to the top with strands of pearls. Same shirt, two totally different "personalities."
Do you guys have accessories that bring you joy? What is your style personality? Does it change with your mood?
Not only do my accessories take up the least amount of space, AND have the ability to transform the staples in my wardrobe into thoughtfully styled looks, they feel really special to wear. I think this is the case because they have a story, at least from my perspective. I love collecting accessories with a story. I often buy accessories on my travels as wearable souvenirs, and when I wear them I am reminded of my trip. Even if that story is as simple as dreaming of a pair of shoes for years and later finding them for 70% off on The Real Real. That's a story. And you will cherish those shoes more because of it.I love these examples from my own closet....
My Hermès Scarf. My mom bought it for me at the Manhattan Vintage Show for my 21st birthday. It is the most gorgeous blush pink mosaic print. My Squash Blossom Necklace. I was 22 years old and visiting one of my friends in Scottsdale, Arizona. At that time, it was probably the biggest fashion purchase I had ever made. I went back to the store 4 days in a row asking to see it, and on the last day, I finally allowed myself to buy it. Thirteen years later, I still cherish it.My Chanel Chain Belt. I did a swap with the owner of a consignment shop in Hoboken, NJ. He took two pairs of shoes that were collecting dust in my closet. I got the belt. Best deal I ever made. My Vintage Gucci Bags. They were my Mom's from the 70’s. On one of them, the strap had ripped, so I revived it by replacing the strap with a gold chain. To this day, it is still my favorite piece. My Aquazurra Stilettos. I drooled over them for years, and then later found them in Goodwill for $20. Brand new. Stickers still on the soles. My Louis Vuitton Speedy. The first designer bag I ever bought myself. How can I ever part with it?
My Dior Twilly. A gift from one of my dearest friends for my bridal shower. (The same friend I spoke of here that introduced me to the world of Diana Vreeland.)
My Cartier Love Bracelet. My sister and I bought them for each other for our 25th birthday and we haven’t taken them off since.
My Ferragamo Flats. They were a whopping $40. I scored them only after waiting on a 3-hour sample sale line.My Burberry Snakeskin Gloves. Found at the Outlets in Woodbury Commons in upstate New York. Some woman literally ripped them out of my hands and I had to call over security to get them back. My Turquoise Ring. I fell in love with it in a vintage store in Nantucket and swore I was going back to buy it, but never made it. When we got to the airport, my husband told me I forgot something and handed me a little pouch. Inside was the ring.
My Diamond Earrings. I bought them for myself on my 5th anniversary working at Macys. They are, to date, the most expensive thing I have ever bought for myself.
This list goes on and on...
Yes, I have some pieces in my clothing wardrobe that have a story, but far fewer than the stories in my accessories closet. And I love that. My ultimate closet goals are to have an edited collection of timeless, quality clothing and beautiful accessories that all bring me joy.
Are you guys with me? Tell me about an accessory that brings you joy!
Yes, Roseanne! I love Weiss, and of course Hermès and pearls! You definitely cannot go wrong!
Love your stories about accessories that bring you joy. I always find accessories can speak to you like a work or f art. Several years back I was into collecting vintage pins. Probably my favorite are designed by Weiss. I still love my Hermès bracelets. One was a gift, which is always special and the others I was lucky to acquire at an Hermès sample sale. Of course, my favorite go to piece is a pearl pendant and earrings that always sit on my mirrored tray. You can never go wrong with pearls. “Classic”