Friday, May 5, 2017

On Accessories

Tentadora - Isabeli Fontana as Maria Felix 
Tentadora - Isbaeli Fontana as Maria Felix - Vogue Italia (August 2014) - ph: Steven Meisel

Fiona's (How to Be Chic) recent post: Accessorizing in a chic way, inspired me to think about my own approach to accessories. Over the years, accessories account for a significant amount of my fashion purchases. Despite being a maximalist as far as the amount of accessories I own goes, I’m actually a minimalist when it comes to wearing them.

Jewelry-wise the pieces I wear most regularly is always a watch and then a ring of some kind. During my working days it was a Cartier black Trinity ring or Bvlgari blue marble B-Zero ring.  The service at Bvlgari was so lovely to me and I’m not a VIP, that I’ve since gone on to purchase other things from the brand. I collect (older) Baccarat jewelry, but the all crystal pieces by nature are fragile and I’ve shattered 2 of my favorites. I own too much “junk jewelry” considering I rarely wear things outside of my nicer pieces. But “junk jewelry” can be a cheap way to see if a look is for me. I rarely wear earrings—more out of laziness—than not liking them. And it’s either a simple stud or chandelier.

I love bags. I don’t baby them but they are my babies. I switch them out depending on mood or outfit. My black bags are my family portrait.  I have a particular affinity for statement bags (massive crocodile, serpents, chains, horns, oh my!). Almost all my bags were purchased secondhand. Luxury/designer wise, I am nostalgic towards the more unique and interesting designs from the 2000s. As of 2015, I don't feel compelled to add to my collection. If I had an unlimited life I would have bags for days.

And I love sunglasses. As I’m not getting any younger or prettier, the lenses just keep on getting bigger and darker.

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How do you accessorize?

12 comments:

  1. For daily wear, I have my bangle (heirloom from grandma and several generations old) and a dainty gold choker from Catbird. I'll sometimes wear earrings, but it's very rare. Occasionally, I'll toss on some rings, but that doesn't last more than a couple of days.

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    1. how beautiful to have pieces that tell a story. I like the look of dainty necklaces at the collar bone.

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  2. I have a fairly-sizeable collection of what I consider 'nice jewelry' - semi-precious and precious stones, gold + silver, as well as vintage costume and rhinestone pieces, mostly from my grandmother and great-grandmother.

    But as a general rule, I usually wear the same handful of items, together or singly. I have worn the same pair of pearl studs nearly every day since I bought them in 2006. I sometimes wear a ring, or slender bracelets. And if I'm going someplace where I know I'm going to be impatient, but can't have my phone out, I wear a watch, so I can torture myself by continuously and surreptitiously checking the time. I wear a strand of pearls for dressier occasions.

    I've been slowly paring down my belt collection, as I have gradually come to accept that I don't really like wearing belts. I sometimes think I should get one good black belt and one good nude-colored one, and be done with it. Then I realize, if I stop wearing jeans (I think I have three pairs now), I wouldn't actually need a belt at all.

    Most of my bags are black, and usually leather.

    Quote of the day (which I'm obviously going to use, but will always credit you): "And I love sunglasses. As I’m not getting any younger or prettier, the lenses just keep on getting bigger and darker." Mine too.

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    1. I love the idea of heirloom pieces. Yours sound beautiful. So funny about torturing yourself with the watch.

      I also pared down my belts; something about belts and socks you feel like you need them and then when you get them you rarely ever wear them.

      That sunglasses quote is a winner ;) But it's true. In a few years I'm going to evolve to just a giant face shield.

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  3. Most of my daily wear earrings or necklaces are either heirlooms or mark a special occasion. There are simple and suit work.
    But then, I have this whole other set of jewelry that I wear for dates, events or weddings. I love gemstones - semi precious or precious. Outside of work, my generally policy with earrings is 'Go big or Go home'. It is starting to seep into rings now. I still try to only do one statement piece (earrings or rings).

    My dream watch is a Bvlgari Serpenti model. I don't know if I will ever be able to afford one with all the precious stones. But, I have a thing for serpents, birds and flowers - Add in some gemstones and I just fall in love.
    My mom has these peacock earrings that go cover the entire ears in Gold (almost like an ear cuff, but only old fashioned). Those must be about 30 years old. My heart skips a beat each time I try them on.
    I know the trend now is to go towards minimalism with everything. But, the heart wants what it wants :) I love the entire animal kingdom - wilder the better!

    Yes to the Sunglasses - I am sporting bigger ones as I get older. Your Gucci ones are fantastic. You look very mysterious and chic in them :) With handbags - I am not yet there. Very unsure and still figuring out my preferences.

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    1. Another vote for heirloom pieces :) I love your Go Big or Go Home philosophy. And the Serpenti watches are beautiful. I say go with what you love not necessarily with the times.

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  4. Great post PPP! I think you're familiar with my handbag style .... :-) Accessories are really important to me because my outfits are so basic so they do all the work for me. I've decided to wear more of my jewels going forward. I've been lucky enough to have built a small collection by H and used to wear them more then got a bit lazy. My only watch is the Cartier Santos, it was a gift from my husband so I shall never part from it but really it's the perfect size and look for me.
    and yes, I also love sunglasses and as I drive quite a lot, I wear them all year round so they are a good investment.

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    1. The Santos is a beautiful choice, sporty and elegant.

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  5. My mother has been offloading her jewelry to me and my sister for the past few years. A few stones I've had reset to necklaces and rings that fit my style better. I'd love to wear them more often but I keep taking them off when I go swimming, so it's just simpler to not put them on in the first place. I also have a lovely diamond ring but whenever I'm on the subway I have to turn the ring on my finger to hide the stone so it doesn't attract the wrong attention. So most of the time I only have a watch on, at least it's easy to switch to a fancy one if need be. I've really been downsizing with bags - I have a men's Dries wallet that fits my phone, a couple of cards, and my keys, which is really all I need. In the winter I don't even carry bags because I have my coat pockets.

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    1. I remember you having an enviable nude Fendi oversized clutch. In the long run doing w/o bags will be better for your back...bags can just invite us to carry the kitchen sink w/ us. I would love to see your bag collection, and what you decide to keep vs. go.

      I like how you customized the pieces from your mother to suit you.

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  6. I love this post and the picture! I went through a period about 20 years ago when I bought a lot of good jewelry, white gold, diamonds, etc. I still love those pieces but what I reach for the most these days is my dear father's (recently deceases)gold pendants (one is Moses carrying the ten commandments and one is a gold mezuzah) on a chain. They are heavy substantial pieces and I love how personal they are.

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