Adding one of the season's heavy-hitting trends to your wardrobe is thrilling, no doubt about that. Creating cool outfits with said pieces is even better. And earning tons of compliments on them? Well, that's the fashion equivalent to winning the lottery. I know this because I own several very-specific fashion items that seem to nail this trendy and compliment-worthy trifecta. I've noticed that nearly every time I step out of the house wearing one these, I'll earn a kind word or two from someone I encounter and since I'm pretty enamored with these pieces myself, I thought I'd share.
Below, you'll find the list of fashion trends that have consistently earned me loads of compliments and a flurry of "where did you get that?" inquiries from friends, coworkers, and strangers alike each time I wear them. The fashion world has crowned these as veritable trends, but I can attest that they are crowd-pleasers IRL, too. From sleek leather outerwear staples to classics like pearl jewelry and a specific type of ankle boots that are having a moment, keep reading to see how I'm wearing each one and peruse my favorite versions of each.
1. Square-Toe Boots
While, yes, ankle boots are pretty basic as far as fashion items go, there's something about square-toed boots that seem to catch people's eye. I have a both a plain black pair and the above lace-up one, both of which always seem to earn a few comments.
Manu Atelier Xx Duck Boots Nappa Leather ($417)
Mango Elastic Panels Leather Ankle Boots ($200)
Brother Vellies Lauryn Stamped Snake Boots ($557)
Topshop Harbour Chelsea Boot ($125)
Sam Edelman Lizzo Bootie ($150)
2. Leather Outerwear
Maybe it's because the outerwear staples are statement-making or maybe it's because they happen to be trending at the moment, but there's nothing like a good leather blazer or leather trench coat to earn drove of "where did you get that?" inquiries.
Remain Birger Christensen Debbie Double-Breasted Leather Blazer ($565)
Anine Bing Finley Trench ($699)
Zara Faux Leather Oversized Blazer ($70)
Mango 100% Leather Trench ($300)
3. Pearl Jewelry
Pearls in and of themselves are a timeless classic but in recent years they've rebranded as a trendier piece, so whenever I wear a pearl necklace or pair of earrings, especially if they're baroque pearls, people feel the need to ask about them.
Timeless Pearly Gold Pearl Hoops ($290)
Madewell Freshwater Pearl Chain Necklace ($34)
Mateo 14-Karat Gold Pearl Choker ($450)
Briwok Seychelles Pearl Necklace ($85)
4. Unique Bags
Even if I wear a super-simple outfit, I know that if I grab a fun and unique bag on my way out the door, it will add something eye-catching to my overall look and, more likely than not, earn a few kind words.
IMAGO-A Demi Lune Mini Leather Top Handle Bag ($325)
Staud Rey Leather-Trimmed Canvas Tote ($295)
Shekudo Nwadi Mini Tote Bag ($275)
Zara Limited Edition Leather Handbag ($149)
5. Gold Chains
Another jewelry item! What can I say, there's nothing like great jewelry to get people talking and the other item that earns compliments for me is gold chain necklaces. I like to wear two or three at a time and stack them up for a bold effect, which always gets people asking about where I found each one.
Jenny Bird Stevie Necklace ($125)
Baublebar Michel Curb Chain Necklace ($44)
Missoma Gold Bevelled Chain Necklace ($446)
Argento Vivo Sterling Silver Delicate Shimmer Chain Necklace ($48)
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