ESSEN­TIALS FOR YOUR CLOSET

Now that we’ve got our wardrobe ba­sics in place, this week we plunge into ev­er­green ac­ces­sories that won’t go out of style. Do you have them all?

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - STORY ANTARA BOSE — HiWeek­end@time­so­fo­man.com Antara Bose is a model turned fash­ion and beauty con­sul­tant. A pop­u­lar blog­ger, anchor, and voice over artist, she main­tains a deep con­nec­tion with the lo­cal fash­ion and travel in­dus­try and is pas­sion­ate abou

A scarf to go along with your dress, a de­signer bag or a pair of black pumps; noth­ing is more im­por­tant for your wardrobe than these trusty sta­ples.

A pair of black or nude (or both) pumps

It’s a sin to not own one of these. These time­less essen­tials will see you through so many dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions — from work­days to late night par­ties, from wed­dings to red car­pet events, and from cof­fee with the girls to for­mal din­ners with the part­ner. The key is to get a pair that is com­fort­able. Pick sturdy heels that won’t make you feel like bal­anc­ing is a chal­lenge. When it comes to style, make sure they aren’t too pointy at the toes and aren’t adorned with too many em­bel­lish­ments.

Bal­let flats or luxe loafers

Bal­let flats have been ev­er­green but the re­cent trend is the luxe loafers. If you have caught on, by all means, flaunt those loafers. But if you are one of those who still think it’s too manly for a lady, just go and get some more bal­let flats to prove they are still equally fash­ion­able. And they are!

Belts that re­ally hold it to­gether

Buck­les or no buck­les, metal or chord, fat or skinny, a col­lec­tion of belts that ac­tu­ally serve its pur­pose are es­sen­tial. You could use it to keep your pants in place, to ac­cen­tu­ate your sil­hou­ette or simply as a fun ac­ces­sory to jazz up an oth­er­wise mono­tone out­fit.

A fancy watch

If you’re a watch afi­cionado, you’d be re­joic­ing right now be­cause this is one ac­ces­sory I’d say ‘splurge on’. Even if you are not into watches, it’s worth in­vest­ing in at least one ex­quis­ite watch that you can re­ally show off.

A state­ment neck­lace

Add life to your ev­ery­day dress with one of these. Just keep in mind to go sub­tle with your other ac­ces­sories. This sin­gle piece is meant to say a lot and shouldn’t have to com­pete with any other dis­trac­tion.

A de­signer bag

Al­right, an­other one of those ‘spurge’ items! There is noth­ing wrong with hav­ing an as­sort­ment of bags shopped off the streets from around the world, but you must in­vest in a good qual­ity hand­bag (and that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean leather – go ve­gan) that you can carry to for­mal events. A lady is judged by the bag she car­ries, or so they say. Sigh, shal­low world.

Di­a­mond studs

It could jolly well be faux di­a­monds too, though we’d still say ‘noth­ing like the original’. But a pair of sim­ple soli­taire studs can com­ple­ment any dress, and oh so el­e­gantly that too. You can wear them big or small, as long as you can get them to catch the light and sparkle to that un­mis­tak­able bril­liance.

Scarves

If util­i­tar­ian is what you are look­ing for, never shy away from pick­ing up a scarf that catches your eyes. Larger ones work as shawls, medium-sized ones are good as shrugs, and pe­tite printed ones look great as head­scarves (in case you are hav­ing a bad hair day). What’s more, the ex­tra large ones, with a few knots here and there, can dou­ble as a bag too.

A stylish pair of sunglasses

Yes, we’ve heard about the tor­toise shell in­spired sunglasses and we agree they’re def­i­nitely trend­ing. But we’re talk­ing more about clas­sics — Way­far­ers or Avi­a­tors, maybe? Ba­si­cally, not the styles that come in fad and die down three months later. Sunglasses are face-shape spe­cific, so find one that re­ally suits your face cut.

Hoop earrings

Chunky or sleek, over­sized or small, beads or feathers – earrings come in all forms. So it can be a lit­tle over­whelm­ing at times to pick the right match. In such sit­u­a­tions, hoops are the way to go. They match with ev­ery­thing, come in var­i­ous styles and even a va­ri­ety of colours. A pair of gold or sil­ver hoops can com­ple­ment any­thing from your ca­sual jeans and tee to a fancy evening dress.

Cock­tail rings

Cock­tail rings can be a real con­ver­sa­tion starter and if you ask me, I’d say ‘the more the mer­rier’! But if you want to in­vest in one ex­clu­sive piece, take your time and find a piece whose de­sign truly re­flects your taste in style.

A sum­mer hat

If you’re try­ing to por­tray ‘sum­mer’ in a photo, just throw in a hat. They make the per­fect pic­ture – next to your flip-flops, with your beach­wear or hang­ing with that vi­brant tote bag. And oh, when you ac­tu­ally wear it, it helps protect against the harm­ful sun­rays too. But com­ing back to fash­ion, straw hats are ev­er­green. And then there are the fold­able cloth hats that come in so many more colours and are so much eas­ier to pack. The choice is yours.

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