Fashion Essentials: (1) Accessories

Welcome, Blog Reader, to my March series of ‘Fashion Essentials‘; all those wonderful basic and capsule wardrobe items we wish for to make, create and perfect our favourite outfits.

Essentials-fashion-accessories-styleonthecouchFirst up, Essential Accessories.  Here are my suggestions for the all-star items that will raise your style to new heights of fabulousness.

1) Wide brimmed hat.

A wide-brimmed hat can make you stand out head and shoulders above the rest.  With Hedi Slimane’s elegant, playful and grown-up Saint Laurent femme in mind, such a hat means you certainly have that je ne sais quoi.

Essential-wide-brimmed-hatTop picks:

a) Maison Michel Fedora from Net-a-Porter 310.00 GBP

b) Whistles Fedora 55.00 GBP

2) Clutch bag

Not necessarily meaning one has to downsize, the clutch bag has fast become one of the most important ways to add a finishing touch to your look.

“They speak (loud!) about your personality, and they are a carrier of your secrets…. When selecting a clutch, you don’t have to ‘fit’ them, they have to fit you.” – From an interesting article on the history of the clutch bag on Front Row Society (click HERE)

I prefer to keep things minimal to match my style. I adore this Givenchy number however this must firmly remain in the in the realm of fantasy… Those possessing more ‘average’ budgets, shall we say, might prefer these suggestions grounded in reality:

a) Whistles Shiny Croc Clutch 60.00 GBP

b) ASOS V Bar clutch 18.00 GBP

c) Large Leather Clutch, LusciousLeatherNYC on Etsy 86.39 GBP

3) Watch

When the fashionistas have their ‘arm parties’ one thing is clear. A classic watch; with leather or metal strap and large clock face often takes prime position on the wrist.   Opt for something a little chunky to make a statement.

Essential-Fashion-Accessories-WatchesTop picks:

a) Kate Spade Metro Watch 195.00 USD

b) Burberry The City Chronograph 550.00 USD

c) Marc Jacobs Baker rose-gold watch 209.00 GBP

More suggestions on my Pinterest page

Watch Me: Fashionably Sporty with Ritmo Mundo

I used to be a watch person. Then mobile phones took over.  Then came the iPhone and all hope was lost of getting anything on my wrist for a while.

Back in July of this year WWD wrote an article on fashion watches seeing a re-invention:  “Particularly as consumers use their cell phones to tell time, watches have become even more of a fashion statement”.  I’m inclined to agree and I have been wanting a new timepiece for a while, wondering what kind of style to invest in.

Last month I was given the opportunity to test drive a few new watches from Ritmo Mundo – both the Ritmo Mundo label and their IZOD collection.   There is a functionality to this IZOD watch (above) that I like.  Sporty but chic; something that works both in the gym and as well as the bar when I’m wearing my leather jacket and black cigarette pants.   It’s playing off a classic design but with a modern oversized look.  And despite the more ‘chunky’ shape it didn’t at all feel cumbersome on my wrist – this is the 48mm case in black and stainless steel and probably as large as I would go, diameter wise.

There is a lot of variety in the IZOD collection but as you can see above, I was drawn to the black / silver colours.  What else did I like? The luminescence – each hour glows in low light conditions.

Another of my favourites and perhaps a little more fun is the Ritmo Mundo sliding puzzle watch, image above.  The puzzle pattern hides the watch face – you can play with the puzzle but this is not The Crystal Maze, Blog Reader – you can slide it out of the way when you want to tell the time (this, thankfully is not dependent on solving the puzzle).  It is a lot more expensive than the IZOD that retails at between $80-200 – but is made with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting the watch face and has additional features such as the engraved buckle and water resistance.

I’d be interested to know your attitudes to watches, Blog Reader.  Do you invest in a classic timepiece? Do you wear one that has been passed down through the generations? Do you have a need for one at all? If you do – where does fashion come in?

Wearing: My new baby: IZOD IZS1/1 Black 48mm case in stainless steel.

You can purchase Ritmo Mundo from Amazon and Macy’s.  Take a look at the Ritmo Mundo website for the full collection.