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The BAZAAR Commandments: The Art of Accessories

You’ve probably heard the expression, “It’s all in the details”—a maxim never so true as in fashion. And with trends shifting towards minimalism and understated dressing, accessories are more essential than ever in polishing, perfecting and personalising a look. Whether selecting a bag or shoe that will make a statement or exacting the perfect jewellery design to achieve a vibe that’s both elegant and effortless, there is an art to accessorising. Here, we’re devoting our attention to the details and outlining the must-know tips and tricks to take your extras game to the next level.

Accessories can be accessorised, too.

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One is the loneliest number. Let your handbag socialise with a smaller micro style or a whimsical charm for added intrigue.

Scarves are not just for the neck.

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 Tie one on your bag, wrist or in your hair for an unexpected flourish.

Carry a clutch for a day look

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Disregard any preconceived notions about when to carry which kind of bag. A clutch is ultra-chic for day and still plenty practical, while a ladylike box bag or top-handle makes for a modern alternative to your standard evening minaudière.

Use accessories to bring a last-season look into the now

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Still loving normcore? Pair an of-the-moment futuristic shoe with a casual sweatshirt and jeans to keep the trend feeling fresh and relevant.

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You should always own at least one eccentric or frivolous extra that makes you feel amazing whenever you wear it.

Minimalist accessories can make a statement in their subtlety

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A simple ankle-strap sandal or slimline choker might be the smartest option—especially if the clothing has a lot going on already.

Experiment with unexpected colour combos

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Cognac and silver? Cobalt and burgundy? Crimson and pastels? Don’t be afraid to take a spin on the colour wheel.

Select a single focal point when wearing statement jewellery

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 The adage “less is more” is especially true when working with powerful pieces. Piling on every big, loud, chunky style in your jewellery box is an amateur move. Instead, focus on a single area or statement piece and let it own the spotlight.

Become a master of the high-low mix

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 A pair of designer shoes will instantly make your latest Zara buy feel more luxe.

There’s a way to wear fur for every season

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Fur is not just for freezing temps—add small touches year-round for extra texture and glamour. Try a plush stole with a boho maxi for spring, a bohemian pony hair tote for summer, a versatile fur vest for fall and a touchable scarf or hat to keep you cozy come winter.