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Get Structured with Accessories

Friday June 17, 2011
Categories: Accessorize
Everyone can use some added structure in her life, and there is no mistaking that structured accessories have been in the spotlight this season. Structured box clutches are taking a page from 50s and 60s fashion, with mod shift dresses being mirrored by chunky, oversized necklaces, cuffs, and clutches. Sturdy platforms are also key to the 70s looks that are still in fashion including the knit maxi dress and broomstick skirt (tie dyed or not). Chunky heels will always have a place in your wardrobe for reasons beyond fashion: in addition to being classics, they are typically more comfortable than thinner heels (unless your platforms are as skyscraper high as Lady Gaga’s).

 
This structured octagonal clutch from Whiting & Davis comes in sparkling metal mesh in two evening classic colors, gold and black. It would be a perfect bag for a destination wedding—dressy enough to wear to the reception, while also great with a pair of white jeans and a sexy silk top. It may seem pricy at $335 but it is worth the investment when you consider just how much you can wear it. For a silver metallic option at $145, this structured design will make you shine. It is wedding worthy with shelf life. 

While the swinging 60s styles back in fashion definitely favor chunky accessories, box clutches have had other more prim incarnations. Imagine the ladies of Mad Men with hobo bags? No—they are working feminine but boxy bags and bold, take-notice accessories.
 
These highly structured shoes have a bling-encrusted platform worthy of Louis XIV, who sported quite the fashionable, luxe platform shoes himself when men were on to the trend. They are extremely versatile with a mix of gold stones and silver uppers, with a dash of royal ruby red thrown in for color. Plus, with a supportive and structured chunky heel, you will be able to keep the party going all night.  
 
Always remember that clean structured dress lines call for a boxy clutch, substantial cone or wedge heels versus skinny stilettos and chunky statement jewelry—no dainty delicate chains. This bracelet has some seriously stand-out stones in it that will make sure it does not get lost in the crowd and balances out the rest of your structured ensemble. 

 
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