THE BEST FALL ACCESSORIES TO BUY NOW
BY LAURIE BROOKINS
From must-have boots to the latest status handbag and designer bangles, we’ve got all the pieces to add sophisticated polish to your fall wardrobe.
Why is Fall the fashion season that, more than any other time of year, seems to invite thoughts of revamping and revitalizing your wardrobe? Fashion anthropologists point to the idea that our minds eternally equate September with the first day of grade school, which conjures memories of a crisp new wardrobe and the shiny pair of shoes you couldn’t wait to show off to friends. Is it possible we’ve never quite outgrown that sense of giddy anticipation?
No matter its origins, the allure of adding new pieces to your wardrobe inevitably beckons as sultry summer weather transitions to autumn’s breezy, mild days and nights. But as seasonless wardrobes continue to dominate style strategies, how do you make an instant statement? With a coveted Fall accessory, of course. The season’s designer collections that sauntered down runways earlier this year are now arriving in stores, which means it’s the ideal time to assess the must-have trends sure to top the wish list of fashion fans. We’ve compiled six hot accessory categories for Fall 2022, each sure to add that perfect splash of polish to anything from weekday meetings to weekend brunch or the party you’ve been looking forward to for weeks. Explore these looks and plan a day at South Coast Plaza to kick off your fall wardrobe planning with sophisticated style.
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THE FALL ACCESSORIES EDIT
Silver and gold are the hot hues in shoes and bags for the fall season, their unmistakable shine adding a high-wattage touch to your head-to-toe look. When reaching for metallic accessories, remember that a little goes a long way with these reflective surfaces. Indeed, mix textures and colors with a metallic statement bag or shoes to ensure your style feels current.
Jimmy Choo Micro Bon Bon gold metallic nappa mini bag with metal top handle and chain drawstring closure
Givenchy Large Cut Out shoulder bag in silver metallic lambskin leather embossed with 4G motif
Larroudé Ari Metallic Leather Platform Sandals
The hottest boot for fall reaches to the knee or higher, ideal for creating a chic head-to-toe look no matter your clothing choices. Whether you’re opting for the season’s sought-after miniskirts or, conversely, the maxi skirts that dominated so many runways, high boots are sure to create the sleek line you’re envisioning.
Balenciaga Blade 90mm boot in black soft calfskin with pointed toe and tone-on-tone covered heel
Louis Vuitton LV Beaubourg High Book in black goat leather with a double zip with Monogram canvas pulls, adjustable strap in contrasting leather, and chunky outsole
Zara Heeled Suede Boots, limited edition from the Into the Night Collection, featuring a metal embellishment around the ankle
Plush textures are tailor-made for fall, of course, with everything from luxe leopard prints in suede to sumptuous shearlings offering a luscious touch of comfort-driven style. Like many trends, moderation is key; allow one plush piece to make your standout statement.
CH Carolina Herrera
CH Carolina Herrera Matryoshka L large shoulder bag in leopard-print calfskin with contrasting black-leather handles
Stella McCartney Falabella Mini Striped FFF Tote Bag in camel-hued striped faux shearling accented with silver diamond-cut chain
Tory Burch Block T Heel Shearling Mule in Buttermilk/Brie, with a shearling upper and 90mm heel
One jewelry piece enjoys the spotlight each season, and for Fall 2022, it’s unquestionably the wide cuff or bangle bracelet. Designers piled the style onto models’ wrists, mixing widths, colors and textures for a look that felt both put together and effortless. Indeed, it’s easy to have fun with this trend; mix costume and fine designs for a look that’s of the moment, customized and decidedly personal.
Chanel Coco Crush Cuff featuring a quilted motif in 18-karat yellow gold
Hermès Concours d’Etriers wide bangle in pastel-hued printed enamel with rose gold-plated hardware
Saint Laurent Organic Curve Cuff in oxidized silver metal
HATS ARE BACK
For truly standout style, few accessories conquer a moment quite like a hat. Bucket hats were omnipresent on the fall runways, and now in stores as well, perhaps because they’re easy to wear and, with a wide brim, frame the face beautifully. For a bit of undeniable drama, opt for a wide-brimmed felt style that’s sure to make heads turn. No matter what style you choose, this crowning touch should be the statement piece of your overall look.
Roger Vivier Très Vivier Metal Buckle Hat in wool felt featuring the label’s signature stamped silver buckle and grosgrain ribbon ties
Versace La Greca faux fur bucket hat in a colorblock print with a wide brim
Burberry Monogram Print Nylon Bucket Hat in orange
THE MODERN MARY JANE
Unquestionably feminine, the Mary Jane shoe lately has undergone a style transformation, with designers exploring new ways to inject a feeling of empowerment into the style once reserved for schoolgirl uniforms. From lug soles to menswear-inspired details, today’s modern Mary Jane reflects the confidence of every woman. Better yet, the design works across a broad spectrum of looks, so feel free to have fun with this piece as well.
Giorgio Armani Nappa Leather Ballerina with Mary Jane styling in Panna-hued leather with tassels on the decorative T-straps
Thom Browne Black Pebble Grain Leather Brogued 75mm Block Heel Criss Cross Mary Jane with rounded toes and brass buckles
Stuart Weitzman Stuart MJ 60 Pump in rose gold hologram-effect leather