17 Subtle Yet Stylish Accessories Minimalists Will Love

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If you’re stymied by storage limitations or are a convert to capsule wardrobe living, finding a few key pieces that are suitable for a variety of occasions and will go with anything is an easy way to refresh a limited wardrobe and dress up or down. Big, glitzy pieces have their place, but for flying under the radar, minimalist accessories let you convey style without overwhelming.

Also available in crescent or new moon designs, this cratered full moon necklace is a wearable reminder of the patterns of time and rhythms of nature and the tides. It’s a great gift choice for surfers who watch the moon phase for the best waves, or anyone who pays close attention to the moon and stars, like tarot lovers and horoscope readers.

Dress up a capsule wardrobe with just a few stylish, re-usable accessories, and your clothes feel fresh and new. Choose the right color to pair with your clothing style and you’ll have a year-round piece that livens up any outfit in a practical way.

For women who like pretty things but can’t stand to fuss with their jewelry, this white opal choker comes on a 13-inch chain with an optional 1-inch extender, so it never tempts fiddling fingers. Available in white or yellow gold finish, you can feel good about this purchase, as Benevolence LA contributes from every sale towards installing sustainable water systems through Hands4Others.

Lovely enough for a gift for mom or grandma on Mother’s Day, this three-generation interconnected necklace is a simple but charming reminder of the bonds of family, and works both with everyday wear and for more dressy outfits.

Every little black dress needs a bag to match, and this stylish Kate Spade bag features gold hardware and a top zipper to keep your items secure. Wears well on one shoulder or as a crossbody bag, for more security while traveling.

Going the minimalist route to avoid major bling doesn’t have to mean wearing kid’s stuff. There are a few designers dedicated to making simple designs aimed at women professionals who want durable, quality jewelry that isn’t flashy and ostentatious. Kate Spade’s entire line blends fun and feminine design that’s office appropriate for all ages.

Big and bold, this two pack of inexpensive hair pins will be your go-to accessory all summer, from fancy up-dos for a destination wedding to messy-hair-don’t-care weekend brunches.

Perfect for all seasons, this gold-tone headband meshes with easy summer styles, stays true through hayrides in fall scarf weather, and flows perfectly into holiday parties and champagne toasts.

Keep your vision protected and your style on point with these polarized sunglasses. Gender neutral, inexpensive, and durable, they’re a minimalist’s dream; functional and fashionable enough for daily wear.

We profiled Kate Spade’s classic watches on our best-of list, but they’re worth mentioning again. Modern, sleek, and professional, the easy-to-read numbers make it a functional piece of jewelry, and the variety of available bands keep it dressed down for work, while making it possible for you to liven it up for nights and weekends.

Briolette cut garnets dangle from these 14-karat gold earrings with plenty of depth and complexity, but without any of the flash of diamonds. January birthdays and anniversaries often get overlooked in the post-Christmas haze, but these earrings are a standout way to show you care.

A sun hat that’s wearable for beach adventures or hiking trips is a summer essential, but picking up a hat that’s a classic design and free of trendy labels or fast fashion elements that will be out of style next season guarantees you’ll have a travel companion for years to come.

Button earrings add a pop of color without overwhelming an outfit, and these feature gold-rimmed enamel, instead of gemstones, which helps keep them firmly in a minimalist style. They’re 14-karat gold dipped, and come in a variety of peppy colors, or in a more conservative black.

Keeping a variety of stackable pieces, whether they’re layering necklaces, funky bangle bracelets, or rings, make it easy to dress up or down by swapping out one option for another. Keep it minimalist with a smooth, featureless band, like this sterling silver option.

Using a single stone as a focal point amps up the visual impact without being cluttered, and this stackable ring plays nicely with others, increasing the contrast. Available in any birthstone, the 5mm sapphire displayed is lab created, though you’d have to be a gemologist to tell the difference.

A classic for a reason, a basic strand of pearls should be in every woman’s jewelry box. They’re elegant and formal enough to wear to weddings, funerals, or to meet the future in-laws, and they convey maturity and sophistication without being ostentatious — plus they’re also largely affordable.

Survive the frigid office A/C in style with these subtle cardigans. The no-fuss fallback of kindergarten teachers everywhere, they layer well, last forever, and in neutral colors they’ll go with anything.


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