By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market
With all the focus on fall fashion essentials like cozy knitwear and fabulous coats, it’s easy to overlook accessories.
A selection of autumn-appropriate extras can bring a look together and freshen last season’s favorites. Boots, bags and jewelry make every fall outfit look more polished. Here are some of the season’s hot accessory trends, as well as classic pieces worth investing in.
Put away your statement pieces; this season is all about layering delicate pieces to create subtle impact. H&M’s Long Necklace ($6) has an adjustable length so it can pair with whatever you already have in your jewelry box.
Mix and match the sleek, dainty bracelets in the Bar III Gold-Tone Crystal, Arrow and Stud Cuff Set ($28 at Macy’s). The open design doesn’t add a lot of visual weight, even if they’re all worn together.
Seattle designer Joanna Morgan’s Winged Ring ($145–$295 at joannamorgandesigns.com) is another open design, hand-carved from wax and cast in brass or antiqued sterling silver. It’s both classic and unique, going from the office to date night with ease.
For nights out, add some punch to your bag with a mini cross-body in burgundy, fall’s “it” color. Try Zac Posen’s Mini Eartha Saffiano Leather Crossbody Bag ($295 at Nordstrom), which features a classic structured silhouette.
Or add an animal-print pattern to spice up your black and gray pieces. Madewell’s The Medium Pouch Clutch in Leopard ($69.50) features the print on luxe calf hair with a black-leather reverse side and a built-in wallet inside.
The backpack is no longer just for kids; it’s hot for fall in luxurious leathers and rich materials. The cool, minimalist Chiyome Black Flex Pack ($295 at Totokaelo, Capitol Hill), in waxed canvas and leather, has adjustable straps that also allow it to be worn as a shoulder bag.
A mix of burgundy leather and calf hair create a striking and sexy look in the Bar III Festa Booties ($119 at Macy’s). The two textures are separated by a decorative zipper that adds a bit of toughness to the bootie.
Stacked heels are back in a big way. Pair them with the hot ’60s mod look in Topshop’s Missile Chelsea Boot ($130 at Nordstrom). The pull-on Chelsea style gets an update with a block heel and refined pointed toe.
If you want to go tall, Frye’s Shirley Over the Knee Boots ($478 at Nordstrom) are an investment piece with enough classic style to be chic for years to come.
Seattle designer Paychi Guh’s 88” x 20” Airy Scarf ($240 at Juniper, Madrona) is made of cashmere jersey in an oversized cut, allowing it to be worn as a scarf or wrap. Pair the luxurious lightweight piece — available in a range of neutrals — with leggings and tall boots for an easy, polished look.
Top off your look with the wear-with-everything wool Braid Trim Floppy Hat ($68 at Anthropologie) in holly green or gray. It pairs perfectly with this fall’s hot bohemian-inspired looks.
Men can trade in their summer sneakers for a pair of work-appropriate dress boots such as the J.Crew Kenton Suede Pacer Boots ($248). This refined take on the work boot comes in brown, gray and sand colors.
Any outfit can feel fresh with the addition of a playful patterned scarf. The Gant Rugger Patchwork Scarf ($165 at Glasswing, Capitol Hill), in a wool blend, is warm enough to wear through the winter.
Channel weekend vibes with the casual and cool Saturdays Surf NYC Navy Lincoln Marled Cap ($40 at Totokaelo). It’s a refined baseball cap in a navy wool blend, with a leather back strap and full interior lining.
Choose a stylish and durable brown leather belt you’ll reach for day after day. The Taylor Stitch Cognac Brass Buckle Belt ($88 at Freeman, Capitol Hill) is made from English bridle leather that will last a lifetime.