Why I Can Justify Spending $500 on This Single Accessory


(Image credit: Collage Vintage)

While I'm no snob to buying trend accessories (read: statement earrings, chunky rings and gold bangles) on my favourite shopping sites, such as ASOS, Sportsgirl or even Mango, there comes a time where investing in the pieces that you find you really can't live without actually makes a lot of sense. The pieces you find go with everything and that make you happy. While birthdays or Christmas call for gifts of all sorts, you might just end up with something you're not really into and only wear out of guilt. A better way to think of shopping for accessories is to go for the classics and apply the cost-per-wear rule: (wears per month) x (months) x (years it will last). Another rule of thumb, if you're wearing the accessory daily and have worn it for at least a year, we can all agree it's acceptable to put some money away and bite the bullet to purchase the quality version.

While it's no Cartier timepiece, this Larsson & Jennings watch is still a quality item. The Swiss-made watch is inspired by square-faced military watches from the 19th century and is the perfect balance of modern and classic, which will be a humble stand-out to pair with your classic trench and denims, or even your most delicate evening LBD. 

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Lara Burnell
Writer & Producer

Who's your style icon? 

Jenny Walton. She has a quirky, French, feminine style I adore. She mixes designer, vintage, high street really well and isn’t afraid of colour and print. My style board on Pinterest is full of street style images from her at fashion week events.

Who are your 5 favourite people to follow on Twitter/Instagram?

@unconditionalmagazine, @ilona_hamer, @thefatjewish, @glossier, @giorgiatordini

What's the fashion essential you can't live without?

My vintage red tartan jacket. It's timeless and bold. I love wearing it with a red matte lipstick. 

What's your desert island album?

Any '70s playlist will do!