Photo: Ben Goldstein/Studio D.

Small Watches
I saw tons of styles with tiny faces at the Basel watch fair this year. They're a delicate alternative to the oversize boyfriend watch, and perfect for layering with bracelets.

From top: Miami Beach by Glam Rock, $195, Burberry, $750, Hermès, $2,150, for stores. DKNY, $195, Coach, $398, for stores. Citizen Watch Company of America, $325,
office tweed

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D., Courtesy of Valeria Smith

Top-Handle Bags
This is the bag shape of the season. I especially love these neutral colors, which work with everything—think of them as the purse equivalent of a nude heel.

Clockwise starting from top:

Deux Lux, $170, Michael Michael Kors, $398, 866-709-5677 for stores. Valeria Smith, $640,
graphic prints

Photo: Ben Goldstein/Studio D., Courtesy of Kate Spade

Graphic Prints
This may be the more advanced version of color blocking, but it's easy to pull off: Pair graphic pieces with a solid item that matches the darkest color in the print. You want to ground the look with rich fall shades, not summer brights.

Clockwise from top: Lafayette 148 New York, $498, Kate Spade New York, $288,
tortoiseshell necklace

Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D., Courtesy of Tory Burch

Tortoiseshell Accessories
I've always loved touches of faux tortoise—the material is warm and dimensional, and it mixes so well with gold and rose-gold jewelry.

From top to bottom: Loft, $75, Tory Burch, $595,

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