Here in Chicago, it’s hard to think of anything else but the essentials for a cold weather day or week or month (geez); a long down-coat with hoodie, waterproof gloves, long johns, Uggs or Sorels at the very least.
But when we read “Who What Wear” latest newsletter, we had to highlight our favs from their list for 2014.
#1 – You can get a lot of mileage out of a simple, clean, nude pump. Add sexy, sweet sophistication to all-white, all-black, or all-over print looks. Think of these shoes as an extension of your legs!
#2 – A little clutch or pouch in bronze, gold or any metallic hue can dress up even a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Think of your little handbag as a piece of jewelry—with function!
#3 – a wear-with-everything watch – Invest in a watch that is classic and timeless in its look, and will mix and match well with everything from your work gear to a summer dress.
#4 – Every woman should own a medium-size cross-body bag that will be your go-to catchall for every farmers market, flea market, sporting event, or vacation you will ever go on. Ideally the bag has a comfortable, long strap and several pockets to help organize your essentials. Our Mini Lauren bag is perfect for this. (psst: this is a sneak peak at our Old Royal Mini Lauren from our upcoming London Calling Sp14 collection)
#5 – diamond or rhinestone earrings – A little sparkle feels grown up and sweet, and never goes out of style.
#6 – a chapeau – A wide-brim hat in a go-with-anything color can add insta-style, protect you from the sun, and hide a not-so-great hair day.
#7 – a boyish belt – A worn-in brown leather belt is absolutely vital when adding that touch of effortlessness.
#8 – You would not believe how many outfits and occasions call for a red flat. A red ballet style is just the right amount of color for an otherwise neutral outfit, and can hold its own from summer to winter.
#9 – a cute canvas tote – A sturdy canvas tote can hold everything from your computer to your gym clothes.
#10 – In order to simplify your daily accessorizing, always have a good old pair of classic sunglasses—like an aviator or a Wayfarer—in your arsenal. They never go out of style and look great with your entire wardrobe.
Thanks to Stylists Emily and Meritt via Who What Wear for their suggestions.