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The Vintage Handbag

The handbag is the hardest working of all accessories. Nothing else comes close to being able to carry everything you need in a safe and stylish way. Designer handbags are one of the best wardrobe staples to buy pre-loved because handbags retain their value over time. Some of them actually increase over time, like the Hermes Birkin bag. That means when you buy a pre-loved handbag on Vestiaire, you’ll be able to resell it for a good value when you are ready for a style change in a few years.

Handbags are beautiful works of art, often handcrafted with high quality materials like durable leather that only gets softer over time. Many of our favourite handbags can be worn by both men and women, like the iconic Birkin. Or for a budget friendly pick, check out the Louis Vuitton Keepall or the Loewe Puzzle bag.

With so many different options between casual and formal, you can find a handbag on Vestiaire that suits every style, and every occasion.

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Do you have the essential fashion accessories for your style? Let’s find out!

Are you using your fashion accessories?

We all love a good handbag, or possibly have a shoe obsession or enough jewelry to never wear the same piece twice!

You have a glamorous style personality for only selecting and wearing the best accessories out there to pair with your outfits.

But how many of us are really putting our fashion accessories to work every day?

Stylish women everywhere often have their favorite wardrobe staples that are classic and worn repeatedly.

Accessories change the look of these wardrobe staples by adding color, a theme or a new way to wear the staples.

There are 10 essential fashion accessories every woman should own that can transform an ordinary outfit into an extraordinary one.

For example, let’s say you have a busy day and evening. Here is how you can use fashion accessories to transform your outfit three times.

How to accessorize

You can put on a favorite little dress in the morning and style it with sunglasses, a hat perhaps, a cross-body bag and some flats to run around in.

You can transition this look into the afternoon by removing the hat and adding a shawl, scarf or wrap.

Switch to heels, maybe some sheer stockings or tights and a clutch and statement jewelry for the evening and you’ve just transformed one simple dress into 3 looks!

Fore more inspiration take a look at this piece on 20 fashion accessories to try for fall 2019.

What did Coco Chanel say about fashion accessories?

One of our favorite style icons Coco Chanel (portrait above by Boris Lipnitzki) once said: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”

However, this was at a time where women were used to accessorizing. My experience is that many women don’t use any accessories at all or too few.

We love Coco but we are changing her advice to:

Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and ADD one accessory.

I also love what Oscar de la Renta said about fashion accessories. His advice was:

“A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories.”

Essential accessories

Here are 10 essential fashion accessories you should have in your closet to take his advice and create your own, signature style.

1. Bags

Handbags are often a status symbol that express your personality instantly. What is your personal style?

Are you a structured kind of woman, or do you like to sport a little boho style or some vintage chic?

Read our article on the 10 best designer handbags you can definitely afford to get your hands on a new piece.

Monika (above) adds a pop of color to her outfit with her yellow bag. Here is a similar yellow satchel bag.

Regardless of what you like, go for it and don’t worry so much about whether or not your handbag matches your look.

Tory Burch leather tote

Fore more inspiration take a look at the best handbag trends for fall 2019.

2. Shoes

Most of us look for comfort above everything. But don’t sell your outfit short in attempt to put comfort over style.

Nowadays, a beautiful pair of shoes can have it all – function, style and comfort.

Monica (above) opts for a pair of lace-up wedges. Check out a similar pair of lace-up shoes here.

Brands like Sam Edelman, Cole Haan, Ecco, Stuart Weitzman and Geox offer some good styles which are on-trend yet comfortable.

Sam Edelman pointy toe d’orsay flat

For more comfortable, stylish shoe ideas take a look at our list of arch support shoes.

3. Jewelry

Jewelry is an essential accessory with limitless styles and options.

Brenda (below) styles her look with a long pendant necklace. Find a similar key pendant necklace here.

If your goal is to accessorize better everyday, start with organizing your jewelry by type and color in a way that makes adding a pair of earrings, a brooch or a necklace to your look quick and easy.

Jennifer Zeuner y-necklace

My personal preference is for contemporary, statement necklaces and earrings. But you can choose your jewelry based on your own style personality.

Read up on how to transform your outfits with statement jewelry for some ideas.

4. Scarves

A good scarf (or two or three or four) is such a versatile item!

Grace (below) shows how to use a scarf to mix prints. Here is a similar animal print scarf.

A scarf can serve as the splash of color your outfit needs, or do double duty as a headband, turban or even a summer pareo.

Don’t bother with a neutral tone. This essential accessory should always feature great colors and some pattern, too.

ALLSAINTS leopard print fringed scarf

I find that a scarf is such an easy way to elevate your look. You can just throw a scarf on with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and blazer, or moto jacket, and you look instantly more stylish.

Plus, you can use the colors in your scarf to tie in the colors in the rest of your outfit.

Take a look at this article on how to wear a scarf and tie your scarf in different ways.

5. Wraps, shawls or cardigans

Cardigans, shawls and wraps straddle the line between fashion and accessory.

But if you’re simply dressed in some leggings and a sweater or t-shirt, nothing dresses up your look faster than the right wrap or cardigan.

Jona (above) adds a summer kimono to her ensemble. Check out a similar semi-sheer kimono topper here.

Not to mention that a little cardigan or shawl is a great item to keep in your bag when you need to spruce up your ultra casual outfit, if it’s chilly in the restaurant you’ve just arrived at or if the wind picks up.

Lightweight cashmere and silk blends are compact yet wonderfully warm.

Madewell stripe cape scarf

6. Hats

Many women avoid hats because they think they don’t have the face for hats.

With the huge amount of hat styles and colors available, every woman can look fabulously chic in a hat.

Hallie (above) looks very stylish in her straw panama hat. Find a similar woven hat here.

Wear a hat to add whimsy, or on a bad hair day or when it’s really sunny outside.

Brixton wool fedora

Hats are also your skin’s best friend, keeping the UV rays off your delicate facial skin.

This article gives excellent advice on how to wear a hat.

7. Sunglasses and eyewear

Nikki (above) wears an on-trend pair of square sunglasses. Here is a similar pair.

Sunglasses are another important accessory that not only add personal style but also protect the delicate skin around your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun.

Quay Australia square sunglasses

For more tips check out our article on which glasses to buy after 40.

8. Belts

Most essential accessories simply add personality to your outfit.

But belts are like a magic pill – they slim you down and add a unique look to whatever you’re wearing.

Georgette (above) teams red accessories with her paler dress. Find a similar red belt here.

Invest in some good belts and wear them more often. They are great for cinching your waist, tucking your tummy and giving you an hourglass figure.

Halogen genuine calf hair belt

You can cinch a belt over your dress, tunics, tops, sleeveless jackets or your blazers for a different look.

Want to get more tips? Check our guide on how to pick the right belt.

9. Tights and leggings

This category is often forgotten when accessorizing.

But a beautiful stocking or pair of tights or some leggings under a dress or tunic can really streamline your look, add some personality to your outfit and even lengthen and slim you.

Deborah (above) is stylish and warm in a pair of black opaque tights. Check out a pair of similar tights here.

Wolford houndstooth tights

10. Quintessential evening accessories

This is a general category but an important one.

Dressing up for evening requires its own set of accessories that sometimes don’t work with your daytime outfit.

Nina crystal minaudière

Your quintessential evening accessories should include:

an evening shawl or shrug

a gorgeous clutch

statement evening jewelry

an elegant, evening shoe

an ornate headband

Look for items that are classic and have some extra bling and sparkle.

Patricia (above) adds a classic gold clutch to her look. Here is a similar gold clutch.

Good colors that go with many looks include reds, blacks and metallic tones.


This is a bonus essential accessory for you!

Regardless of what you add to your look before you head out the door, be proud and confident of your style choice and carry that confidence all day.

There is nothing more alluring than a woman that walks into a room accessorized in a big smile and an air of confidence.

Don’t leave home without it!

Did I leave anything out? What do you think is the most important fashion accessory of all?

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8 Essential Accessories To Make You Look More Fashionable

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Looking more fashionable isn’t necessarily about wearing the most expensive clothes or following the latest trends. It can be as easy as adding a scarf or throwing on a pair of sunglasses. Most of the time, being fashionable is more about having confidence and attitude than mastering complex styling concepts. Find out what must have accessories you need in your wardrobe that will take your look to the next level.

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8 Essential Accessories To Make You Look More Fashionable

1. Sunglasses

If you put on an outfit and you feel as though it’s missing something, it could be a pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses can immediately change your look and give it uniqueness and character. Sunglasses are worn by fashion icons, actors and many other celebrities for a good reason. The classic silhouettes never go out of style and will make most people look stylish and mysterious while keeping their eyes free from UV rays. In a casual setting, like when you’re on the beach, you can opt for more striking, trendy styles, whereas on more formal occasions, you can go for a timeless, classic look.

If you lose or break your sunglasses or lose them on the beach, the fastest way to get glasses is to place your order online from the best retailer. In most cases, you can get your complete set of glasses the next day.

2. Hats

Fashion is all about making a statement and no other accessory can make as much of a fashion statement as a hat. Every stylish man or woman has a hat somewhere in their closet. A choice of hat can powerfully express who you are and whether it’s stylish or casual, it can make you stand out from the crowd.

Everyone should have at least one hat moment in life and the latest trend seen on the runways this year is an update on the classic beret. A hat can be the most noticeable way to make an impression and take your personal style to the next level. Keep your jewelry and the silhouette of your outfit simple to draw attention to your stylish headgear.

3. Belts

Adding a belt to an outfit can transform it complete. It can also bring balance to a look that may not work without it. Wearing long sweaters or loose tops can use a belt to define your waist and can make it look smaller. You can also choose a belt that reinforces your style, such as one with studs for an edgy look or one with gemstones if you want to introduce some sparkle.

Elastic belts are versatile as you can wear them higher up or lower down. A wide belt is a good way to break up a monochrome palette. Opting for black or brown belts means you can wear them with many different outfits all year round.

4. Scarves

You can use a scarf in so many different ways and this versatile accessory can add sophistication to any outfit. They come in so many different colors, textures, and styles. Adding a pop of color to a plain top is easy with a colorful scarf. You can play with the “in” color of the season by using a scarf and there are countless creative ways to tie and drape them.

Scarves can also make the perfect travel accessory because they take up so little space and yet they can amp up the look of plain shirts and jeans. Headscarves are a retro trend that has become popular over the past few years.

5. Seasonal Footwear

Shoes are an important fashion accessory and should be the main attraction rather than an afterthought. A pair of shoes can say a lot about you and affect the first impression someone has of you. If your shoes aren’t carefully chosen, you may attract attention for all the wrong reasons. Sneakers, boots, running shoes, sandals, formal shoes – there are shoes to suit every occasion and season. A pair of fashionable high heel boots with a trench coat is a stylish winter look.

6. Jewelry

Chain necklaces are a fashion staple for every style icon. Layering multiple chains over each other creates a chic and multidimensional look. Using varying lengths can create the illusion of a longer neck and looks great with a low neckline. Want a more classic look? Pearl jewelry never goes out of style and there are many ways you can add it to your outfits – wear it in your hair, on your ankle, or more traditionally in the form of earrings or necklaces. For a bolder look, try making a statement with one dramatic necklace or statement earrings.

7. Gloves

The colored Prada gloves seen at fashion week this year offered a fresh take on these traditional accessories. They were bold and bright and instantly visible against the monochrome ensembles. Statement gloves are certainly having a fashion moment and Beyoncé and Billie Eilish are some of the celebrities embracing the trend.

From elaborate feathered gloves to sheer gloves, celebrities are wearing interesting glove designs. Wearing the latest gloves can add intrigue, another focal point, and change your overall look into something more glamorous.

8. A Handbag

An outfit is never complete without the perfect handbag. Handbags in different materials and textures can add another level to your look and is another way of expressing your personal style.

What are your fave essential accessories to look more fashionable?

Maryan Barbara
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