Already Prettypoll: Signature Pieces

As a longtime style-dabbler who has only recently settled into a single genre, I’ve often wondered what it’s like to have signature pieces. I mean, a minor turning point in my own style evolution came when my tailor friend Gigi stopped by the boutique a few months back. I showed her a fit-and-flare dress that had just arrived, and she said, “Well of course you love that one. That’s your dress shape.” So I suppose for a while there, fit-and-flare dresses were my signature … but I never identified them as such. I don’t have a scarf or ring or even scent that is with me always, and my guess is that signatures cannot be forced but must instead become touchstones organically and over a long period of time. So there’ll be no picking out a signature piece and forcing it into constant rotation …

Do you have any signature pieces? Are they specific items like watches or handbags, or genres like wide leg pants or oversized scarves? How long have they been pillars of your style? What are their stories?

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16 Responses to “Already Prettypoll: Signature Pieces”

  1. Courtney

    A year or two ago, a friend said he had seen me on campus, from across the parade deck. When I laughed and asked if they were sure it was me, he said “hair (I have long red hair), tall boots, and a skirt on a bike” đŸ™‚ So yeah, I have a signature style. On smaller scale, wooden jewelry is my signature piece. I have a wooden ring, wood bead necklaces and earrings, and a faux wood watch.

  2. Mary Carr Buxbaum

    I wear a signet ring on my pinkie finger. It was a gift from my parents on my 18th birthday and I have worn it every day since, and I’m 65 now! Interesting note: it was purchased from the jewelry store owned by the father of my husband years before we even met!

  3. loubeelou

    Love this question! I love jewelry with polished stones. I have a beautiful simple sterling silver jade ring that I got in Guatemala years ago and I wear that almost every day. It’s a little larger so it’s got a great weight on my hand – I love slipping it on and remembering that trip. One of those pieces that I knew I had to have the second I saw it – it was probably $20, but I would have happily paid $200.

  4. Sarah O

    When I was in high school my signature pieces seemed to be oversized concert tee’s, large JNCO style pants and a wallet chain. However these days my signature pieces seem to be my glasses, my large watch and perhaps my sneakers.

  5. Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    I bought my silver cuff in 1997 and have worn it at least weekly ever since. I love it so much I factor it when purchasing other pieces for my wardrobe. I also am known for my oversized Ray-Ban aviators; once I stopped buying trendy sunglasses at Target and street vendors I could save up for them and I have worn them for several years and hope to for several to come!

  6. Anna Carrasco Bowling

    Over the last couple of years, my signature has become black dresses and classy skull accessories; not always at the same time, but frequently. Most days, I wear a silver ring that looks like a skeleton hand gripping my finger. it doesn’t feel so much like an accessory as a part of me. I have other rings that I love, and occasionally one of them will fit the bill, but it’s the skeleton hand I reach for most days. Second choice is a gunmetal skull ring my best friend bought me at a Renaissance faire. Skull themed socks and scarves have also found their way into my wardrobe, so I usually have at least one skull somewhere in my ensemble. Haven’t worn the skeleton hand barrettes out of the house yet, but they may need a coat of silver paint first (they’re currently white, which feels too costumey.)

  7. Leah

    My friends identify polka dots as my signature style piece đŸ™‚ I guess I wear them a lot!

  8. Leah E Stewart

    I have jewelry I wear almost every day – a necklace, earrings, and rings. This year I added another set of earrings and am looking to add some different rings. My long, curly hair is probably a signature at this point too!

  9. Patricia Magicia

    The yellow messenger bag I carry every day is probably my most signature thing– people I don’t know well recognize me by it, and my friends tell me they do double-takes if they see someone else carrying a similar one. It’s actually quite funny.

  10. Jennifer

    I have a watch I wear everyday that is rectangular with little rhinestones around the face . . . apparently people notice it more than I do, because I’m always asked the time. I have about 5 rings that I wear weekly (usually just two at a time). And I have all flare or bootcut jeans except I’ve recently bought a pair of straight legs that I surprisingly like. When I was in high school in the late 90’s, flares were just coming into style, but they didn’t show up in plus sizes in the thrift stores I bought my wardrobe from. I felt soooo unstylish throughout high school. Once I started working in college, I bought several pairs of flares and I have been wearing them ever since because they look good on my figure. Skinny jeans make me look like an ice cream cone.

    Finally, I wear my dad’s college ring on a chain with a heart pendant at least once a week. He died from cancer three years ago, and when I need some extra bravery or connection, I wear it. Most everyone I come into contact with like to see it or try it on. (He had large fingers, like a 12, I think).

  11. Andrea Pound

    I wear fuller skirts than is currently trendy — a friend once told me that she saw me from far away and instantly knew it was me from the shape of the skirt. I get asked if I’m from other countries (usually France) surprisingly often, I guess because I am not dressed like the “locals”.

  12. K Magill

    oh goodness, lots of things: sailor stripes (and horizontal stripes in general); legwarmers; short hair (my hair varies between a pixie cut and a short bob–I lack the patience to grow it out!); pants rolled at the cuff; funky handknit hats. I keep coming back to certain looks year after year–I was wearing Kibbe “Gamine” looks years before I’d ever heard of Kibbe types.

  13. Aubri Nesmith

    I wear basically the same thing every day, so I guess you could say I have a lot of signature pieces! Silk shirts, skinny pants, blazers, and menswear shoes combined with always the same watch, rings, and perfume. I also consider my pixie cut to be a signature element of my style. These have been my go-to for over 2 years now. I love having a formula that I know works for me.

  14. DGReid

    My signature piece would have to be my perfume. I’ve been wearing the same scent for more than twenty years. My partner (we were a couple off and on during college, took a 15 year break and are now together again) said that he could always pick that particular scent out of a crowd but it never smelled quite the same (or right) on any other woman.