Accessories are the easiest way to update an outfit. Whether it’s a quirky bag, a whole bunch of chunky silver rings (my favourite) or the most statement of belts, I love that accessories can transform even the most simple outfits.
Back in the day I used to head to the high-street and buy a whole load of necklaces, rings, bags and belts that wouldn’t last. The bags would break and the jewellery would go rusty after just a few wears. Now I spend a little more time and effort scouting out accessories that are going to stand the test of time. That will still be favourites in ten, twenty, even thirty years. I’ve been on the hunt for sustainable brands including AU|Rate in New York, one-of-a-kind brands such as Night Time Holiday and have also been scouring my favourite charity shops to update my accessory wardrobe.
MAKE YOUR OWN
Rather than heading to the shops, the first way I added to my accessory wardrobe was to fashion my own. I saw a designer scrunchie online for £90(?!). Whilst I loved the look of a big chunky jumper with bed-head hair gathered up with a scrunchie, I couldn’t part with the £90 so I got sewing. With just a little elastic and a scrap of velvet fabric I had leftover from when I upcycled a headband, I got sewing and ended up with a new accessory costing next to nothing.
NIGHT TIME HOLIDAY
Night Time Holiday is a brand I first saw on Instagram and have loved ever since. A lot of their jewellery is made out of polymer clay and is super colourful. They have also released a beautiful silver collection and regularly have Waste Not sales. I was bought my own pair of Night Time Holiday earrings and love wearing them with an all black outfit for a night out-out or with an oversized white shirt and denim shorts for a more casual daytime look.
AU | RATE
Having been in the market for a great pair of every day silver earrings for a good ol’ while I was so excited to discover Au|Rate. Au|Rate is a jewellery brand based in New York who focus on durable materials, transparent pricing and sustainable production. Exactly the kind of brand I had been looking for. I’ve got the Infinity Huggie Earrings** in white gold for every day wear but I’ve also got my eye on a number of their white gold rings including the Infinity Ring. Whether you’re looking for great quality every day pieces or a real statement, beautiful piece then Au|Rate is the go-to website.
Finally, the only place I have picked up bags and belts in the past few years is from charity shops. Not only are they a fraction of the price when compared with the high-street, I find that charity shop bags are much more unique and exciting. I picked up my most worn zebra print bag from a Cancer Research UK shop not too long ago. I have found belts for £1 and the most interesting of statement necklaces. I bought the bag above from a Mind charity shop yesterday as it’s the perfect size for my phone, purse and keys. I hoping the smaller size will also mean I’m not tempted to shove everything but the kitchen sink in my bag when I head out…
And that’s it. Some of my favourite alternative places to pick up accesories.
Do you have any favourite places to find accessories to update all the outfits?
**Au|Rate Earrings were gifted as part of a Paid Partnership with Nakturnal**