There's no doubt that accessories can truly make a look, but they don't necessarily need to be bold and bright to get the job done. We actually tend to gravitate toward ones that can make even the most basic jeans-and-tee outfit feel super fashionable, like the leather boots and bags from Swiss luxury brand Bally.
Right now we're hardcore eyeing the label's block-heel booties and structured crossbody handbag we spotted on two of NYC's most stylish women, Charlotte Groeneveld and Natalie Suarez. They both epitomize sleek style in their own right, so it's not surprising each of their looks is classically chic in that "I barely tried" kind of way.
Check out how they wore what we're guessing are about to be your new favorite bag and boots for winter (totally worth the investment, btw).
You really can't go wrong with luxe leather accessories, especially when they lean on the polished side of the fashion spectrum. According to Groeneveld, the boots go with literally any outfit she'd wear in New York, including this dreamy oversize sweater–and-trousers ensemble.
Her personal style is very much influenced by the city, she says: "After I moved to New York, I quickly learned that my idea of overdressed was the perfect way of dressing to NY standards. Nothing is too much, but being underdressed is, for that reason, almost a sin!"
In this case, her version of statement dressing involves an unexpected winter-white look. "Wearing all white with different nudes (like off-white and sand) in the fall and winter is the best because it's so chic but also casual," she tell us. Her outfit feels fresh and modern, and her accessories definitely add a bit of sophistication in contrast with her slouchy apparel.
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"These aren't your average black booties," says Suarez when asked about how she chose to style her accessories. "The square toe and mirror heel immediately give them a retro '70s feel I absolutely love." As for the bag? "It may feel classically simple, but if you look closely at the clasp design and feel the quality of the leather, it oozes luxury," she adds.
Women in New York wear a lot of black for two obvious reasons: the first being practicality (the weather is unpredictable, and the streets are typically dirty) and the second, Suarez explains, is that wearing all-black feels super cool–"like you didn't try hard at all." We couldn't agree more.
"If I wear head-to-toe black, it has to a have a certain pop or wow factor," she explains. "Like here, it's with mirror heeled boots." Gold details always have a way of making a piece feel super luxe, don't they? We'd personally wear this look for a chilly date night, but Suarez says it's more versatile than that. "A typical day in this look would be grabbing a quick coffee at Brooklyn Roasting by my home in DUMBO before hopping on the subway to a fitting in Lower Manhattan. It's both put-together and relaxed, making it also perfect for that easygoing lunch meeting." Sounds like we just found our new office look.
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