by Stacy Cox
Who came up with the acronym LBD (which, in the event you haven't had your coffee this morning, stands for the Little Black Dress)? I love that term, it comes in handy often when speaking "fashion-ese".
I have goals in life: I intend to write a book, host a reality show (about all things fashion and beauty, natch) and bear children...and not necessarily in that order. But wouldn't it be swell to add to the list of accomplishments my own catchy fashion phrase? Something that rolls off the tongue as naturally as LBD?
After my last article about finding emergency go-to outfits when you have nothing to wear, I became obsessed with the art of accessorizing. Accessories seem so overlooked, but when you think about it, they are the workhorses of most ensembles. So here's my acronymic catch phrase: ART, which stands for Accessories "Ring" True (spiffy how I managed to get a pun in there for some added cleverness, yes?) What do you think? Does it jump out at you?
So without further ado, here's some ART worth checking out:
Carla Mancini East West Shopper Bag in Rust
Let's get something straight, I am not a fan of what I call "Emblematic Fashions" (Emblematic is my way of saying Problematic). Words sewn onto the tushy of your sweatpants, for example, so circa college 1992...NOT pretty. But peace symbols are transcendent and make a positive statement about where our heads and hearts need to be focused. Thus this bag makes the list.
$436 at couturecandy.com
Breast Cancer Ribbon Bracelet
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so don't just get one of these twisted cable bracelets, get a couple cling clanging on your wrist forcing people to look south to see what all the commotion is about!
$50 at fortunoff.com
Asymmetrical Bow Cloche
Bad hair days are just wrong and this Bonnie-and-Clyde-inspired hat should conceal your urgency to get your roots done nicely.
$34 at urbanoutfitters.com
Abaete for Payless Mirabelle Studded Boot
Finally, a tall boot that won't strangle my calves! These boots will work great with skinny jeans, skirts, leggings and shift dresses. Versatile and affordable in a season filled with ankle boots.
$55 at payless.com
Kate Spade Stella Metal Sunglasses
I never thought SmartBargains could compete with the likes of Sunglass Hut. Thus, I will close my mouth so a fly doesn't stop by for a cup of tea. There were tons of great ones to choose from, lots of options.
$99 at smartbargains.com