We spend a lot of time talking about accessories (and with good reason), but a concern that’s equally important to an accessory’s design and quality is how it interacts with your wardrobe. No handbag, shoe or piece of jewelry is an island, and it’s the overall picture that’s important; you want your outfit to be more than the sum of its parts. Luckily, our friends at Saks have some pretty fancy parts to play with at their Contemporary First Look launch.
Our task was simple: Take three basic clothing looks from contemporary designers (Contemporary First Look houses 13 brands in total, but we chose Rebecca Minkoff, Elizabeth and James and Marc by Marc Jacobs) and turn them into three full-fledged outfits with handbags, shoes and jewelry. Obviously, we rose to the occasion. Check out our full (and fully shoppable) looks after the jump.
Here we have schoolgirl chic from Marc by Marc Jacobs; the soft knit and interesting proportion of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Sabina Cashmere Sweater ($268 via Saks) and Marc by Marc Jacobs Sweater Skirt ($168 via Saks) are perfect for Fall 2012′s contemporary trends. What it needs, though, is some color:
The Marc by Marc Jacobs Multicolor Stud Necklace will shine brilliantly against a soft ecru knit and give you an automatic color palette for the rest of the look. $178 via Saks.
The Marc by Marc Jacobs Werdie Snake Embossed Leather Messenger not only introduces a rich autumnal color, but also an interesting texture. You can never have enough of that in cool weather. $448 via Saks.
Finally, the shoe. Proportions like the ones in this outfit require a bit of a heel to lengthen the leg, and the Marc by Marc Jacobs Chelsea Boots provide that without loosing the signature quirk of this retro-modern schoolgirl. $450 via Saks.