Sometimes I Shop :: Pre-Fall Accessories

Even though cooler temps are still months away, I'm sure we're all getting the itch to switch seasons. Let's all be clear: August is not fall. Stores have started recognizing this and selling us "pre-fall" and "transition" clothing in the Back to School months, which I can appreciate. Since I'll be wearing shorts until the end of October, I've put together a few accessories I can slap on with them to make it feel like flip flop weather is on the way out.

Shoes I Love

Shoes I'm loving this season: These Stuart Weitzman booties are a mini version of his Highland boots, perfect for leggings. I'm intrigued by the flat mules that have started popping up everywhere - kind of like a sexy loafer. And of course, block heels with a vintage vibe are big for the fall, which we cannot reject, because they're so much easier to walk in over stilettos. 

Stuart Weitzman Booties // Flat Mules from 3.1 Phillip Lim // Linea Paolo

Bags To Buy

Yay bags! I love these three. The Madewell bag is very Chloe inspired, and the Alice + Olivia bag is so unique. And of course...you can't go wrong with a backpack, especially in a deep red.

Madewell //  Alice + Olivia // Frye

Other Accessories I Need

You won't catch a blanket scarf on this body until at least December, so I like making a big impact with a little fabric. I love the idea of a "scarf necklace" like this one from Shopbop, and I rely on big statement necklaces to dress up an outfit without making me overheat.

Accessory Talk :: Get Weird

Fashion is fun. End of blog.

I kid, I kid. But today is gonna get weird, guys. Not only are you going to get a little designer history from a couple of designers I find fascinating right now, we're gonna get all up in some pieces that are FUNKY.

Fashion puts the FUN in functional. As I continue to descend into the world of wearing black, white, and grey, I've discovered that I prefer to add color and personality with my accessories (purse-onality, if you will). There are so many designers that are really taking advantage of keeping things weird and light right now. Whether they're making a political statement or just trying to add a smile to your wardrobe, here are a few of my favorite statement makers:

Anya Hindmarch

Her quirky line of handbags and accessories all revolve around three design principles: British, humorous and personalised. You can go all in with a gum clutch that demands attention, or personalize your own bag with one of her many funky leather stickers. Hindmarch learned the art of bag making in London before opening a small shop of her own at 19. After gaining traction from designing everything from Oscar party gift bags to first class amenity kits, her namesake brand launched its first flagship store in NYC in 2013. Personally, I find her designs charming. The pop art feel of her line adds the perfect amount weird to any classic outfit.

Clutch & Stickers by Anya Hindmarch.

Moschino

I've already raved about my love for Moschino and my crazy saber-tooth quilted bag, but the history of the brand goes far beyond Jeremy Scott's excellent handle as current creative director. Franco Moschino started the brand in 1983 and became famous not only for his eccentric, colorful designs but also his ability to challenge and poke fun at the fashion industry as a whole. Their recent offerings often mimic other classic designers like Chanel, MCM, and Louis Vuitton by taking those brand aesthetics and adding a little...color. While many of the designs are loud and proud (and can only be pulled off by Katy Perry), the accessories can really make an outfit pop in a new way. And if you still find yourself musing over who would wear any of this, remember...there's always Japan. And Empire on Fox.

See the Chanel inspiration on the left? I DIG it, people. Both bags by Moschino.

ASOS

On the lower end of the spectrum (since those two are QUITE lofty price-wise), I love Asos for quirky, out of the box accessories. I have a yet-to-be-seen burger clutch from them that I stalked for WEEKS, because cheeseburger purse. From funky clutches that look like food or books to shoes with pom poms on the toes, Asos is usually my go-to for trying out weird trends for a lot less cash.

Watermelon Clutch // Pom Pom Heels // Paris Book Clutch

So why the weird? For me, I think it's basically because I'm still a kid at heart. I have bobble head collections at my desk and a stuffed pug I bring on all of our travels. I love wearing neutrals right now, and I want to look professional and put together, but I don't want to lose that edge or personality. I think being in Tokyo got me on this funky accessories train, because they all have cute charms on their backpacks or adorable hats or flashy shoes. My brain kind of went, Hey! I've always loved stupid stuff like this. I should wear it, who cares about being an adult 24/7?

And that's basically it. Adulting is already hard enough. When I'm stressed to the max, if I can look down at my shoes and find a little joy in the fact that they have funny eyes on them or I have a monster on my keychain, it was worth it. If you love this kind of stuff, check out Fendi's Monster collection or Charlotte Olympia's gorgeous flats. Even Marc Jacobs designs adorable mouse flats that I've had my eye on for years now. Having fun with jewelry and shoes and flats is the easiest way to make a big, weird, funky statement - so stay weird, blogosphere.

Some links in this post were sponsored by Shopbop. Some are affiliate links. And some are just links to Wikipedia, which makes me think of Ted from HIMYM.