Topshop blazer, ASOS necklace, and ASOS ring.
Photo: Courtesy of ASOS and Topshop
I'm going to get right to it. I like accessories. Like, A LOT. I never leave home without something on my person selected from a motley crew of plastic animals, found pins, hand-me-down bracelets, brooches, vintage necklaces, bits of fabric, and random earrings that I'm not ashamed to say is kept in an assortment of shoeboxes. Here's the thing, if you're a skinnies and tee gal, or you really love your new jean jacket but think it needs jazzing, OR if just don’t have the time to throw together some elaborate street photographer-ready outfit, you can spruce up anything (and I do mean ANYTHING) with an awesome accessory or two (or three, trust me). My favorite thing for fall has been layering accessories by a theme too. Ever wondered if you can wear polka dots on top of polka dots or if it's cool to wear several different animals at once? I'm here to tell you that IT'S OK; in fact, it's an easy way to add a bit of whimsy to your outfit. Also, it works with practically any combo. Here are some ideas...
Stars are HUUUUGE for fall. Not only were they all over Dolce & Gabbana's fall collection, they've been knocked off by pretty much every retailer (which means you can get your hands on this look for LESS). I personally don't think there's any wrong amount of stars in an outfit. Sky's the limit, y'know? They just work for some reason, and in abundance. I would invest in this ASOS Swarovski Silver and Crystal Pleasure Star Ring ($109.62) because it truly goes with everything (and is really cute dressed up or down). Pair it with black skinny jeans, a white T-shirt, and this Topshop Black Star Print Blazer ($130). Throw this Just Acces Toft Leather Star Pendant ($26.96) over your tee and you're good to go! *Bonus sparkle* Add some glittery oxfords and your look screams INTERSTELLAR CHIC. Need more ideas? Right this way please...
Urban Outfitters Headwraps.
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Oh man, bangs are the worst. When you don't have them, you want them BAD because you're convinced you'll look sweet and interesting as though you have only the most-attractive hobbies like crocheting full sweaters and playing the acoustic guitar your mom gave to you. A mom who could totally be your sister since she looks so young and vibrant because SHE has bangs.
But when you do have bangs, you're anticipating the three months of purgatory it'll take to grow them out enough that you can awkwardly brush them aside and pin them like some grade-schooler. Not that the side-sweep barrette isn't an adorable option for some, it's just that on most it looks like neon adult braces—hella weird. Plus, it's like EVERY TIME you eat French fries or anything remotely greeeezy, you can just feel the slick from your innards and your fingertips and around your mouth coalescing to form a ball of gross that goes STRAIGHT to your bangs and makes them look disgusting.
Which is where these bizarre headbands come in. If you've tried those hilarious clip-in bangs only to find that coarse doll hair sprouting from some vague line on your crown makes you look and feel like a borg sent to destroy mankind, your only option is to go the route of "crap dangling off a hippie headdress." A kissing cousin to the "Head Thong," these hair ornaments can't actually be worn if you already have bangs. Or, I guess you could, except that it'd be like wearing 3D glasses OVER your regular glasses, but all day. On the subway. At your desk. Talking to your boss. ALL DAY. The one on the left is called the Highway Child Goddess, and the name alone conjures troubled images of a disoriented kid wandering around the periphery of a major but fairly deserted interstate dressed in a long T-shirt, NO SHOES and this absurd halo. I blame the parents.
The thing on the right is entitled the Guitar Strap & Bead Headwrap and is fairly straightforward. In my humble estimation, they're both gross and potentially irritating, BUT I definitely like how in the pictures, the girls look like sad etsy boyfriends. That part makes me happy.