There’s a reason stylists, magazines, and this very site are always telling you to invest in accessories—they truly can remain wardrobe workhorses for years and years. The trick to making love last is all in the styling. A classic camel tote might feel dated after a few seasons of wear, but pair it with a brand new look and, like magic, it feels like a brand new bag. This is what fashion folk call ‘shopping your closet,’ and we’ve done it with three items you absolutely already have stashed in the very back of yours. Just add some fresh new items and styling advice (if you’re feeling uninspired, tips from expert style advisors—either online or in store—like those found at Saks Fifth Avenue can help you get out of a rut).
We’re betting almost everyone has a version of the classic tote bag. The trick to upgrading it? Work unexpected combinations into the rest of your look—here, two on-trend ideas.
A structured, work-ready bag looks fresh and new against a casual outfit (like loose outerwear or athleisure-inspired gear). Here, a floral pattern makes a track jacket special.
To show off a chic bag’s rich tone, embrace multicolor skirts and dresses. Saks’ style advice: Make your purse look new with bold scarves or ribbons wrapped around the handle.
Statement earrings are bigger and better than ever. Whether they’re shoulder-grazing sculptures or shimmering chandeliers, the oversize baubles are more flexible than ever.
This pair looks chic and streetstyle-worthy when thrown on with comfortable, everyday pieces, like this cozy striped sweater and swingy printed skirt. Saks’ stylist tip: Mixing contrasting prints and patterns is easy when you look for similar hues within each piece.
See how the earrings give this spangly look cool-girl edge? If you’ve been considering adding a sequined top to your wardrobe, now is the time. It’ll feel night-out-appropriate (and not overly dressy) when paired with leather pants.
If a bag is the first investment piece you make, classic pumps are the second. Ideal for work, weddings, a special dinner, or a fancy gala, these are the shoes that will get you through every occasion.
Fishnet socks might not seem like a likely pairing with a structured coat dress, but a dash of daring makes this look edgier (and comfortable). Saks’ style advice: head in-store to visit the Saks Fifth Avenue Club for a personal styling session—where you’ll learn plenty more ways to elevate your look.
Trench coats were on every ‘item to invest in’ roundup this season, and the versatile outerwear feels ladylike with a floral dress underneath. Pair it with pumps instead of sneakers, and you’re set for every formal spring affair.