The Fashion Memo

The ultimate SS19 accessories guide

From shoes to sunglasses and hats to handbags, these are the pieces that will satisfy your accessory spirit animal this season

Collage by Meriç Canatan. Photographs by Bettmann / Getty Images, Carola De Armas /, The Urban Spotter /, Sandra Semburg /

If you’re a Social Butterfly

Regularly inundated with invites for all manner of events, the Social Butterfly has truly mastered the art of after-dark dressing. This season she’s channeling the exaggerated proportions, dazzling details and general extravagance of the ’80s – starting with the accessories. From Paco Rabanne’s signature chainmail bags to Alexandre Vauthier’s over-the-knee boots and Alessandra Rich’s mesmerizing earrings, any one of these flamboyant embellishments has the power to take your evening look to another level. If in doubt, just ask yourself – would Jerry Hall, Grace Jones or Elvira Hancock wear it?

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If you’re a Sneaker Head

If SS19’s sports-inflected collections (Fendi, Sacai, Sonia Rykiel…) sent your head spinning, it’s safe to say the Sneaker Head is your spirit animal. While to some athleisure simply means wearing leggings on off-duty days, for you sportswear is a lifestyle. Allow your love of every activity from TRX and Pilates to yoga and boxing to influence your everyday look by adding high-performance pieces like streamlined belt bags, chunky sneakers and a classic baseball cap to your existing closet.

Collage by Meriç Canatan. Photographs by Bettmann / Getty Images, Jason Jean /, Acielle / Style Du Monde, Dan Roberts

If you’re an Art Enthusiast

More inspired by the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo than her Instagram feed, the Art Enthusiast never fails to inspire or delight with her cerebral style. From unusual color-pop pairings by Acne Studios and Jil Sander to statement earrings by Annie Costello Brown and sculptural heels by Simon Porte Jacquemus, her carefully curated outfits resemble works of art in themselves. But don’t confuse her precision for preciousness; it’s the seemingly careless way she wears them, like carrying a grab bag in the crook of her arm, that really brings her look to life.

Collage by Meriç Canatan. Photographs by The Style Stalker /, The Urban Spotter /, Acielle / Style Du Monde

If you’re a California Girl

Whatever adventure you suggest – a sunrise surf session at Venice Beach; skateboarding down Santa Monica boardwalk; an impromptu road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway – the California Girl is always game. She takes the same spirited approach to dressing, punctuating every look with playful accessories from Prada’s luxe yet laid-back tie-dye bags to sporty flatform sandals and Aurélie Bidermann’s riotous jewels. Finishing every outfit with colored lenses is non-negotiable – a sunny outlook is essential for any Cali girl.

Collage by Meriç Canatan. Photographs by Evan Agostini/Getty Images, Acielle / Style Du Monde, Sandra Semburg

If you’re a ’90s Minimalist

She may have a closet full of slip dresses and slouchy suits by labels that specialize in great cuts (see: Gabriela Hearst and Stella McCartney), but this woman always has room for more. Fashion’s current fixation with the decade that gave us the best 90s shoes, scrunchies, tiny sunglasses, Prada’s nylon collection and the iconic Fendi Baguette might seem like a trend to most, but for the ’90s Minimalist it’s a lifestyle – a very stylish one. In need of outfit inspiration? Plunder the archives for imagery of pared-back icons Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and Winona Ryder, whose looks are as relevant today as ever.

Collage by Meriç Canatan. Photographs by Shutterstock, Jason Jean /, Imaxtree

If you’re a New-Age Explorer

Never not planning her next envy-inducing trip to some place firmly off the beaten track, this intrepid explorer has a wanderlust spirit – and the same can be said of her wardrobe. Inspired by everything from Lauren Hutton’s effortless ’70s style to Chloé’s latest collection and her own globetrotting escapades, the New-Age Explorer’s look is romantic tinged with a utilitarian edge. Want to imbue your own closet with a similar sense of adventure? Simply add a few beaded bags, woven hats, earthy jewelry and streamlined sandals to your accessories arsenal.

Collage by Meriç Canatan. Photographs by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images, Imaxtree, Acielle / Style Du Monde

If you’re a Modern Lady

With unwavering polish, the Modern Lady makes a case for all-out femininity every day of the week. Elegant and poised, her penchant for vintage-inspired pieces like Erdem’s exquisite gowns and Prada’s retro prints are emphasized by her carefully considered accessories. From top-handle bags and cat-eye sunglasses to dazzling cocktail rings and love-forever watches, her look hits the perfect note between timely and timeless. The finishing touch? A headband – the perfect way to pay homage to perennial style crush Catherine Deneuve.

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