Every few years, hats reclaim their place at the top of the season’s must-have accessories. This fall is among them, but what’s new is the variety of shapes, brims, heights and bands to complement the “anything goes” attitude of mixing various styles. How to choose the right topper? There are many theories—the simplest is the rule of opposites (long faces should choose wide brims, round faces should try something taller with a more narrow brim). Ultimately, it’s about having fun—experiment until you find the one that suits your look, taste and mood. Hint: Last fall was all about feathers, but this year brings the bling. Look for bands that favor sequins and rhinestones with or without feathers to be on trend. Shown here: Kathy Jeanne rabbit velour floppy 4” brim with black crystal pin, $170; August Accessories navy/teal wool cloche with 2” brim, $52; Kathy Jeanne rabbit felt cloche in wine with asymmetrical brim and multi-colored crystal pin, $150; Helen Kaminski velour felt Fedora in honey with leather braid, $225.
The beauty of the shoe world is designers are getting bolder. Patterns, materials, studs and zippers are all being incorporated in heretofore simple styles. The result is instantaneous glam. Tall boots are not going anywhere this fall, but they will often be relieved of their duties by their shorter sisters. Not to worry, while shaft heights are being pared down, heel height isn’t going anywhere. Shown here are three options that work well with almost any pants, dresses or skirts (depending on the silhouette): Giuseppe Zanotti booties goldtone Dirty Zipper with 4.5” heel, $995; Sergio Rossi pelle nappa gold studded stiletto, $870; Fendi ankle boot with patent leather, signature insignia and zigzag wood heel, $840.
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By now you know it’s time to ditch the super sack for a simpler, handier clutch. But where you are slimming down on size, you can go big on style. A clutch can do its job as a true accessory—complement an outfit and keep the attention on you (rather than your baggage). Factor in the textiles and animal prints that are front and center this fall and you have a surprising, fashionable accent to any look. Shown here are Michael Kors Large Tonne cheetah-print Calf Hair Foldover Clutch with snake leather ring and tassel, $995; Khirma Eliazov emerald shagreen and snakeskin envelope, $925; Salvatore Ferragamo Bordeaux python clutch, $1,490 and Tory Burch calf hair snake print set in resin frame and chain link, $695.