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Super Chic Fall Accessories (& How to Pick Them)

This post about fall accessories is sponsored by Jord. All opinions are my own.

You’ve heard the advice 1,000 times before: When the seasons change, it’s time to give your wardrobe a quick refresh with a new batch of fun, budget-friendly accessories. And so you head off to Macy’s, only to get overwhelmed immediately by scarf racks messy enough to give you a migraine.

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With all those patterns and colors all piled on top of one another, how’s a girl supposed to find a game-changing accessory without losing her mind? (In truth, this is why I like shopping online. No messy racks that beg me to organize them. But that’s a post for another day.)

Here’s my secret. When the season’s hot patterns and trending colors all start to look the same, I tune in to the fabrics, textures and shapes. I love the sophistication of an unexpected material or element in an outfit.

And this season, that strategy really pays off — because textures are having their moment. Read on for five trendy accessories that’ll prove to be game-changers in your fall wardrobe.

Game-changing fall accessories

1. Wood sunglasses

Jord wood frame sunglasses

Metal and plastic have their place in your sunnies collection, but now it’s time for the woods to shine. These Jord polarized sunglasses feature a striking, stacked wood frame made of kosso and maple hardwoods. The visible, contrasting wood grain is a refreshing, organic upgrade from my plastic, tortoise-shell frames. And, thanks to neutral tones and classic styling, these sunglasses are super-versatile, too.

The Archer Wood Sunglasses ($138) is technically a men’s frame, but that’s not stopping me from wearing them. The fit is just fine, and the wayfarer has long been a unisex frame style.

2. Tassel scarf

Floral scarf with tassels.

Bye-bye fringe. Tassels are the new way to finish off a trendy scarf. This season, Johnny Was has a gorgeous line-up of tassel scarves, but each one will set you back about $100. Instead, I’d recommend this colorful substitute at HSN for $36.

Reach for this scarf as the cure when the rest of your outfit feels a little ho-hum. It’ll wear wonderfully over a long-sleeved t-shirt or neutral sweater and jeans.

3. Safety pin jewelry

Safety pin necklace.

Versace and Prada runways featured safety-pin jewelry in their fall 2019 collections. As you might expect, the fashion-show interpretations were too punk-rock to be wearable by most of us.

But that’s not going to stop us, right ladies? Because any one of us can pull off a more subtle use of the safety pin. This dainty, feminine necklace from Amazon is eye-catching and trendy, without being the least bit punk rock. Add it to your collection for $16.

4. Beaded handbag

Beaded handbag.

Now that the woven bag trend is fading, we have room for a new purse innovation in our lives. And that void is being filled by the beaded bag. You’ll see them in various colors and patterns, but this floral design is a showstopper. You can wear it with jeans and a t on your casual days, or reach for it as an evening accessory — your choice! Buy it on Amazon for $68.

5. Rubber ankle boots

Rubber rain boots

Last season it was the dad sneaker, and this season it’s thick rubber shoes. Rubber soles and rubber boots are trending, and I have to wonder why it took so long. The convenience of rubber footwear is enough to win me over—they’re durable, stylish, and water resistant. Pick these up at J. Crew Factory for $39.50.

Wear your rubber ankle boots with cropped or rolled-up jeans. Or, if you’re feeling edgy, slip them on with a midi dress over black tights.

Which of these fall accessories are your shopping list? Let us know in the comments!

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