5 Feel-Good Accessories to Brighten Up Your Next Zoom Meeting

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Over the course of the past year, I have drifted in and out of a number of dressing patterns. Each involved varying degrees of effort, but always aimed for high marks in overall comfort and ease.

The first week of quarantine in late March I, like many out there lucky enough to stay home, wore nothing but pajamas at all hours of the day. At the time, I must admit it felt like a real treat––until I was forced to turn on my Zoom camera. After that came my Paul Bunyan moment, consisting of long johns and oversized flannel shirts, which occurred in tandem with my extended trip home to Minnesota. At some point in late spring, I tried my hand at Zoom tops, but it was short-lived. At the end of the day I found that no puff-sleeved thing could ever live up to the comfort of a worn-in t-shirt or cozy oversized sweater.

And while I have landed on a winter uniform that consists of mostly chunky, androgenous knits and soft cotton turtlenecks à la Steve Jobs, I’ve recently found myself reincorporating my most dainty and feminine accessories back into the mix. It began with a ruffled detachable collar, then a pair of two-tone drop earrings, followed by a bejeweled headband, my favorite pearly barrettes, and finally, a crystal brooch––the last item I ever thought I’d find myself donning for a remote Zoom meeting (save, perhaps, for my favorite pair of Prada platform sandals which are currently crammed inside a 6×6’ storage unit).

As it turns out, I am tired of looking bland and comfortable (though I’m certainly not tired of feeling comfortable), and I have found that the best way to have my cake and eat it too, via Zoom, is to accessorize with a few special, webcam-ready bits that will give the illusion of a thoughtful, sophisticated ensemble without having to ditch my cozy basics. In this dead of winter, as we trudge through the woes of seasonal depression and a pandemic-borne mix of boredom and anxiety, what little we can do to brighten the mood––be it sparkly, heart-shaped, or frilled––is important.

Below, the best and brightest in neck-up accessories, which are sure to bring joy to your day (and that of those with whom you zoom).

Clip Art

Magnetic Midnight Arabesque woven hair slides, set of 2

$139

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Joomi Lim crystal bow & pearl hair clip

$145

GARMENTORY

Ashley Williams Merci crystal hair clip set

$115

BROWNS

Art School Heart crystal-embellished hair slides

$167

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Svnr Waikiki barrette

$175

SVNR

Avenue the Label Christopher clips

$59$25

AVENUE THE LABEL

Heads Up

Prada silk-satin headband

$235

MODA OPERANDI

Jennifer Behr Lorelei velvet headband

$298

JENNIFER BEHR

Alice & Blair Sienna headband

$84

GARMENTORY

Shrimps Quinn beaded headband

$260$208

LUISA VIA ROMA

Simone Rocha crystal-embellished headband

$745$372

MYTHERESA

Lele Sadoughi Candy jeweled knotted headband

$195

MODA OPERANDI

All Ears

Brinker & Eliza Forever Young multi-stone hoops

$130

MODA OPERANDI

Susan Alexandra Rainbow Drip imitation-pearl earrings

$115

NORDSTROM

Alessandra Rich crystal bow clip-on earrings

$395

LUISA VIA ROMA

Timeless Pearly 24kt-gold-plated earrings with pearls

$329

MYTHERESA

Short & Suite Heart Drop gem earrings

$75

SHORT & SUITE

Rosantica Comedy hoop earrings with imitation pearl

$212

LUISA VIA ROMA

Just for Frills

Ganni laser denim collar

$155$78

MODA OPERANDI

Loeffler Randall Eloise collar

$80

LOEFFLER RANDALL

Kata Haratym Aurora collar

$124

WOLF & BADGER

Terra Rossa Boutique Peter Pan collar

$80$48

ETSY

Rixo Mary Lou Sangallo lace collar

$134

ITALIST

La Veste gingham collar

$104

LA VESTE

Brooch-ing the Subject

Erdem crystal knot brooch

$295

MODA OPERANDI

Ben-Amun cameo gold pin

$195

BERGDORF GOODMAN

Gucci crystal-embellished grosgrain brooch

$450

MYTHERESA

Kenneth Jay Lane antique crystal bow brooch

$190

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Ben-Amun multi-stone cross brooch

$245

NEIMAN MARCUS

Art School Lips crystal-embellished brooch

$161

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