Accessory Apiary - It's a Zoo Out There!

A home for that much-neglected component of daily style: the accessory. Whether you prefer silky scarves and sunglasses, or chunky jewelry and striking sandals, we’ve got you covered. Read on for this week’s accessory picks!

As a non-morning person, I lay out the next day’s outfits the night before, accessories included. This prevents bleary-eyed A.M. rummaging in my closet for clothes that look vaguely coordinated. Sometimes, though, I can’t be bothered to do either, which is when I resort to accessories with immediate personality, i.e., animals! You can pick one creature and dress accordingly – some people love owls, others have a thing for raccoons – or vary it depending on season (e.g., birds in summer). But read on for critter-related trimmings!

Piece #1: Hop to It

Accessory Apiary - It's a Zoo Out There - Rabbit-Eared Bag Modcloth

It’s another dreary weekday rush hour commute, you forgot to eat breakfast, and as the subway/bus/carpool hum lulls you into an all-too-brief nap, your eyes spy…this rabbit-eared bag from Mod Cloth! The jaunty black ears, popping up from the bag, are instrumental to the look’s adorable factor, but the parallel black and white stripes will accompany any outfit well. (And the black and red polka-dotted interior is the last word in cute.)


  • 75% cotton, 25% polyurethane
  • Bag measures 14 x 15.5 x 1 inches; handles measure 17 inches in length; removable shoulder strap is adjustable and measures 43 inches when fully extended
  • Zipper closure; two interior open pockets; one interior pocket with zipper closure
  • Imported

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Piece #2: You Foxy Thing You

Accessory Apiary - It's a Zoo Out There - Fantastic Mr. Fox - Brass Fox Pendant Ruche

British children’s author Roald Dahl is well known for his stinging, funny depictions of childhood injustice. But he also did a damn good job creating the frenetic world of a spirited fox and his furry family. You can memorialize ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’ with this simple brass fox pendant from Ruche. The aged patina gives it a sophisticated sheen, and it’s an easy way to dollop some pluck (pardon the pun) into your outfit.


  • 17.75” length; 0.87” pendant

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Piece #3: Flight of Fancy (a.k.a. This Week in Statement Necklaces)

Accessory Apiary - It's a Zoo Out There - Wing Collar-Style Bead Embellished Necklace OASAP

Rarely am I as taken with jewelry as I was when I chanced upon this gorgeous collar-style necklace from OASAP. The cascade of feathers hooked me, but I was sold once I saw the pearly detailing. A particularly plain blouse would benefit from this beauty, or, in fall/winter, the only needed accessory to a black velvet LBD. I can picture it now. (The $14 makes it even easier to picture.)


  • Chain length: 18.9″
  • Crafted in alloy
  • Lobster clasp

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Piece #4: Flight of Fancy, Part II

Accessory Apiary - It's a Zoo Out There - Gold-Plated Kissing Canary Earrings Kate Spade

Sometimes the tiniest accessory completes your outfit. These gold-plated kissing canary earrings from Kate Spade might look like they won’t do the trick. But the combination of twinkling glass eyes, gleaming lines and unobtrusive size is phenomenal.


  • Gold-plated metal/glass
  • Imported
  • Post backs
  • .25″W

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Piece #5: Two Giraffes are Better than One

Accessory Apiary - It's a Zoo Out There - Silver Tone Metal Giraffe Bangle Lucky Brand Lord and Taylor

Foxes, snakes and large spotted cats are fairly common in fashion jewelry. But answer me this: how many giraffe accessories do you own? That’s right, you don’t. This would be an ideal time to snatch this silver-tone metal giraffe bangle from Lucky Brand. These leggy creatures are entwined rather seductively, and the hinged setting will adjust neatly to your wrist size. (Plus, it’s a trendy way to show you like interesting animals.)


  • Base metal
  • Diameter: 2.75″
  • Imported

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Which animal-inspired accessory are you dying to have?

About Nandini Balial: I grew up in India, with an arty theatrical hippie mum who used to make her own jewelry, and vibrant patterns and materials – always on display at any relative’s wedding – quickly caught my attention.  Once I moved to Texas, I had to reconcile the ornate silks, mirrored scarves and silver hoops with glittery Coco Chanel earrings and Ralph Lauren polos. I’m still most comfortable in a vegetable/fruit-dye print cotton shirt and jeans, but my accessories will always vary. I proudly maintain that clothes are expensive and can’t always be mixed n’matched, but accessories are (on average) a bit cheaper, and can always move across your wardrobe (with/without irony). If you ever run across a fun accessory find, e-mail me with the details (and a photo, if possible), and I’ll try to include it in a future column.