With a couple of accessories, a white t-shirt and jeans becomes a chic strut-through-the-city look. For all of your rings, hoops, hats and belt needs, check out this list of our favorite accessories.
When you walk past farmer’s market stands, each spilling with heirlooms and speckled squash, you need a durable bag to hold your produce. For a machine-washable, pocket-covered purse that can stay snug on your shoulder for the whole day, check out Baggu’s Mini Cloud Bag.
Its top zip closure ensures that your textbooks, colorful pens and scrunchies won’t tumble to the sidewalk. The padded straps can prevent those pesky backpack marks on your skin. Made from recycled neon filament yarn, the bag “saves scrap material from being landfilled, conserves petroleum resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions,” according to Baggu.
Available in Indigo Trippy Checker, Turmeric and Bay Laurel, the Mini Cloud Bag can complement dozens of outfits. On a beach day, pair the Indigo Trippy Checker bag with a coverup and sandals to bring more whimsy to your seaside attire. Fill the Bay Laurel bag your textbook and notebook on days when wearing a backpack to class feels like too much of a hassle. Pair that orange jumpsuit you’ve been wanting to wear with the Turmeric bag for a monochromatic look.
You can find the Mini Cloud Bag here for $52 USD.
Gold hoops can enhance any outfit with ease; that sweatshirt suddenly looks stylish as soon as you pull your hair back and show off your earrings. But finding the perfect pair of gold hoops involves sifting through the $500-plus options and precarious-clasp varieties. For a reasonably-priced pair that won’t break on the first wear, check out Mejuri’s Editor Hoops.
With a near five-star rating and over 650 reviews, the Editor Hoops are one of Mejuri’s best-selling products. The hoops’ diameter is 25 millimeters, a size that can transition from the work day to a night out effortlessly. Made of gold vermeil, the layer of 18k gold on sterling silver helps the earrings last longer. One of gold vermeil best benefits, according to Mejuri, is that you can “get the look [and] feel of gold jewelry at a fraction of the price.”
For a night out, accessorize a little black dress or button-down with the Editor Hoops and matching gold necklaces. Slick your hair back with styling gel and twist it into a bun to bring out an air of simple elegance.
Find the Editor Hoops here on the Mejuri website for $78 USD.
While belts cannot match the glamour of stacked rings or a sleek leather purse, they have a certain sway over any outfit. Pull on a belt and those ill-fitting jeans suddenly accentuate your curves. Add a belt to a pair of high-tapered khakis and you balance your upper layer with the pants. Layer a belt over a bulky dress and an item that may have appeared sloppy now has structure.
While belts come in wide and narrow varieties, and canvas and leather materials, we recommend the NIKIN TreeBelt—a belt made of cork and synthetic leatherette, available in black or brown. At a width of 3.5 centimeters, the TreeBelt is by no means a wide belt but won’t get lost in an outfit. While NIKIN is based in Switzerland, the brand offers worldwide shipper for just €9.90.
One of the best aspect of NIKIN is its dedication to sustainability. A portion of each NIKIN sale goes to tree planting programs around the world, and the brand uses materials that are organic, naturally disposable or already recycled. Celebrate NIKIN’s sustainability by choosing the name that will be displayed on the tree certificate when you place your order. Each NIKIN item (including the TreeBelt) has the brand’s miniature pine tree symbol—a touch that sets its products apart from fast-fashion garb.
Purchase the NIKIN TreeBelt here for €17.90.
While socks may be dubbed the lame, half-present your grandmother stuffs into the bottom of a gift bag, the right socks or stockings can be one of the most powerful accessories. One of the best destinations for all your hosiery needs is Swedish Stockings. While the brand is on the pricier side (a pair of its tights typically costs between $30 and $40 USD), Swedish Stockings strives to create durable products that consumers can wear or years without continuously feeding the fast-fashion cycle.
Bea Support Knee-Highs
One Swedish Stocking standout is the Bea Support Knee-Highs, a sheer and broad-cuffed pair of high socks. Though loafers may be the latest fashion buzz, make your pair stand out with these knee-highs—a break from the classic loafers-and-white-socks combo. Find them here for $25 USD.
Robin Stripe Socks
We couldn’t write a list of accessories with only one Swedish Stockings item. If you’re sick of that Nike pair, try this striking, sheer, cyan sock. The clean stripe design could elevate white sneakers or create a monochromatic look with a matching blue dress. You can find them here for $22 USD.
Searching through Etsy’s treasures (handcrafted bath rugs, personalized gifts and neon art prints) would take years. And while Etsy hosts several small businesses that specialize in accessories, one standout is BEBEINA. A Star Seller (meaning the store has an “outstanding track record for providing a great customer experience”), BEBINA specializes in minimalist, hand-crafted jewelry items. If you’re searching for rings, its collection of simple gold bands, snake-shaped statement pieces and smiley face varieties will suit almost any style.
On bad hair days, make your grocery runs in style with Tentree’s Flower Embroidery Peak Hat. With a blooming flower embroidered on the hat’s front panels, you can add a little charm to an outfit without overshadowing the rest of your garments. Plus, for every item you purchase from Tentree, the brand plants ten trees.
You can find the Flower Embroidery Peak Hat here for $35 USD.
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