Accessories are important, there is no question. But finding the right accessories that balance affordability, function, and fashion can be like finding a needle in a haystack.
Shoes, belts, scarves, handbags, jewelry: all essential to a women’s closet. Men give girls a hard time for how many accessories we have; but they are no different with ties, cuff links, and pocket squares.
It is all about extending your wardrobe. “You can make it seem like you have an expansive wardrobe by just changing up what you pair with it,” Jessica Carbone explained perfectly.
When it comes to affordability, function, and fashion roulette, finding one or two factors is easy; but finding the trifecta is like playing slots in Vegas.
That is why I have compiled a list of must-have accessories that check all three boxes.
Campomaggi may be one of my greatest finds whilst wandering Sicilian side streets. They craft gorgeous leather and canvas bags—some of which have authentic military patches sewn on.
Not surprisingly, these can reach prices into the thousands of dollars. However, we are going to focus on the lower price point bags, which happen to be amongst my favorite.
For two hundred and sixty-five dollars they sell exquisite ‘shopping bags’ made from old ship sails. Printed on them is the town where the company’s founder, Marco Campomaggi, was born: Teodorano. These bags are comfortable, unique, and highly functional. They fit a computer without being overtly bulky, and have multiple compartments for ideal organization.
Being made from old sails, they are also highly durable, lasting your for years with use. So you don’t have to lock it in your closet and only bring it out for Instagram-able moments like typical designer bags. And, despite a casual look on its own, one would be surprised how much you can dress it up with the right outfit.
Although you may have been looking to spend under two hundred, the stretch is worth it for a bag so functional, durable, and fashionable. Everyone I know who has one (including myself) receives constant compliments and inquiries.
Scarf By Day…
When it comes to accessories, multipurpose is key. Just like the right scarf can make three outfits look like six, the right scarf can function as like three different items itself.
Chan Luu’s skinny scarves—which are no longer in production but can be found online lightly or not used for between twenty and eighty dollars—may be my favorite thing in my closet as of late.
The skinny scarves are beaded with simplistic yet elegant designs, and can easily be dressed up or down. They are not simply versatile in their dress level, however.
The Chan Luu accessory can be fashioned around the neck as a scarf in a multitude of styles; and may also be worn as a belt, headband, ponytail tie, or any other accessory you can imagine.
Old Stud Belts
If you are going to spend one to three hundred dollars on a nice leather belt, make it an Old Stud belt. Ranging from feminine to motorcycle-inspired, these belts are fashionable and exceedingly durable. A belt from Old Stud is one of the best fashion investments you could make. You will get your money’s worth multiple times over.
My mother has owned some of there belts for north of ten years—and they are in better shape than ever. I borrow them constantly. Back when I rode horses competitively, I showed in them once or twice. They always kept the classy look, but added a much needed fashion statement to the competition attire. (I even stole one out of her closet when I moved to Washington, D.C. …Which she was not particularly happy about.)
The aforementioned are my three go-to recommendation for anyone looking for affordability, fashion, and function.
Although some may be hesitant to splurge over one or two hundred on the belts and bags, the durability and subsequent longevity is well worth it. The amount of money you would spend having to buy new accessories over the years would add up well beyond the cost of one Old Stud belt or Campomaggi bag.