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Oct 24, 2012 >> Fall in Love—for less! Our favorite (affordable) accessories this season


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This season is filled with mouth-watering big ticket items. Especially when it comes to accessories, we are often caught talking ourselves into buying the It Bag or splurging on the season’s hottest boots. While we all deserve to treat ourselves, must we suffer from pangs of buyer’s remorse?

The answer is no! This list of must-have and can-afford accessories takes you headstrong into the season—in style and on budget. Do you need new ankle booties, a ladylike tote, or new additions to your current arm-party? The inevitable answer is yes. Don’t worry, this shopping guide—in three price groupings— is totally guilt-free.

ONE>> Erin Sunglasses, $20, by American Apparel.
Even the most responsible gal has lost or broken a pair of sunnies. Go for these tortoise frames and leave your worries behind.

TWO >> Runway Shopper, $22.87, by Borders&Frontiers at Asos.
Turn the snack aisle into a catwalk with this easy-to-tote tote.

THREE >> Heart-Print Ear Buds, $25, by Diane Von Furstenberg at Net-a-Porter.
Show some love to your music with these heart-warming headphones.

FOUR >> Chain Bow Drop Earrings, $10.55, at Asos.
Whether you’re ultra-feminine or rocker chic, we can all agree on gold bows hanging from our lobes.

FIVE >> Skinny Metal Tip Waist Belt, $3.80, by Forever 21.
The perfect compliment to your favorite, oversized sweater.

SIX >> Mountain Peaks Tall Sock, $24, by Free People.
Hide your socks no more! Even your favorite boots will be proud to see these over-the-knee patterned socks warming up your layered look.

 

ONE >> Embroidered Loafers, $39.50, by Gap.
They don’t have to be Stubbs & Wooton to do the job. Embroidered smoking slippers… what’s not to love?

TWO >> Maggie Patent Bow T-bar Shoes, $48, by TopShop
Wine-stained patent leather flats? Yes, please. Just right for the office or a date with the ladies-who-lunch.

THREE >> iPad Case, $36, by k studio at Madewell.
Your tech needs to be just as chic as you. We love this polka-doted case from mother-daughter duo k studio.

FOUR >> Orbiting Rivets Cuff, $48, by Anthropologie
You’re a star, so why not wear some?

FIVE >> Studded Leopard Print belt, $39.90, by Zara
Studs & Animal print? Two of our favorite things.

SIX >> Wide-Brim Fedora, $29.95, by Gap.
Perfect for balmy days and winter weather ahead. And the contrasting leather hat band is a mahhhhvelous touch for such a low price tag.

SEVEN >> Gem Shirt Collar, $40, by TopShop.
Peter-pan is nowhere to be found on this gemmed collar.

 

ONE >> Blue Elephant Pendant Necklace, $78, by J. Crew.
To call this pendant charming is an understatement. Dainty, yet bold and powerful, this necklace is a forever piece. Watch the compliments fly in with this purchase.

TWO>> “Jude” Ankle Boot, $99.95, by Report at Nordstrom.
Forget blue suede shoes. Red leather boots are what G&F is singing about.

THREE >> Henrick iPhone 4 Case, $98, Dannijo.
Sure, there are plenty of cheap phone cases out there. But considering how our iPhones are rarely out of our grasp, it wouldn’t hurt to invest in a case that sets you apart from all the other girl’s instagramming on the street.

FOUR >> Alexa tote, $98, by Danielle Nicole.
It’s not Celine, but who really cares when a purse looks this good? This Danielle Nicole bag is under $100, but looks like a million bucks.

FIVE >> Clara Contrast Metallic Knitted Scarf, $98, by Marc by Marc Jacobs at Net-a-Porter.
No longer do you have to choose between polka dots and stripes. Mr. Jacobs made it easy for you by combining both patterns in this very cool knit scarf.

Now that we’ve proven you can liven up your fall looks without breaking the bank, we suspect it’s time for you to start shopping. All it takes is a few key accessories and a little help from G&F to look sartorialist-worthy.

BY ANNIE DEL WALSH