Not a single outfit is complete without stylish fashion accessories. These subtle and seemingly minor extras do add personality and voice to the whole look. From belts, hats and scarfs to handbags, women’s accessories define occasion and style. And as Nina Garcia, a judge on the reality TV show Project Runway would put it, “accessories can make or break a look”.
But if you thought you knew everything there is to know about fashionable women’s accessories (matching handbag with shoes does not count), think again. Here are few fascinating facts to amuse you.
Prince Felipe, Duke of Calabria, the oldest son of Charles III of Spain, was in love with gloves. Literally. He used to wear up to 16 pairs of gloves at a time.
Beret is today associated with France and Spain. Although this accessory dates back to ancient times, it is believed that the shepherds from Bearn (Province of France located in the Pyrenees mountains), were first to hand-knit it. Napoleon III is responsible for popularizing the beret as he was intrigued by this unique-looking hat.
It is believed that H.J. Cave & Sons, a London-based luxury goods brand, was the first to create a handbag, a clutch and a tote as we know them today.