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14 Famous Accessories. The Ultimate World List.

Want to learn about the most famous accessories in the world? The best designers like Tiffany, Coco Chanel, Hermes, Bulgari, Manolo Blahnik, Alexander MacQueen, Salvatore Ferragamo, and many more make history with their designs.

The article was last updated on 11/05/2023. The average reading time is 16 minutes.

Hermès Carré

In 1937, Robert Dumas designed Hermès Carré, a hand-made silk scarf, in Pariss.

It was made from Chinese pure silk in a square design (Carré means honest In France), typically 90 cm X 90 cm in size.

Because it was hand-made, its production lasted from 6 to 18 months.

At this time, the high-society fashion women in Paris were amazed by the quality, the colorful design, and the attention to detail.

Hermes scarf
Hermès Carré – En Liberte scarf

After almost 100 years, more than 2000 designs have been made by Hermès.

Eventually, Hermès Carré became a luxury fashion icon. Famous women like Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, and Queen Elizabeth wear Hermès Carré scarves.

Today, it is one of the famous accessories worn by men and women worldwide. They can be worn around your neck, as a top, at the waist, or as a headscarf.

Hermès Carré

Lanternes, Ballons et Cocardes Scarf by Hermès Carré.

Check it out at hermes.com

Please read our article about luxury designer scarves for women in 2023.

Chanel 2.55 Handbag

Coco Chanel created this handbag in February 1955. That was the reason the 2.55 bag was named.

The fact is that Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel designed the original 2.55 handbag in the early 1930s.

Even the original handbags are rare now, and the sellers and shops do not know the facts; you can see below the difference from the 55 edition.

Read about the dark secrets of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel here

Original (1930) 2.55 Chanel bag

  • Metal straps
  • Made from wool fabric, not leather
  • Rectangular (mademoiselle) lock

Quality controls of the Chanel 2.55 handbag

The quality control process has been unchanged throughout the almost 70 years the 2.55 bag is in production.

All the following details are inspected in each bag:

  • Inside zipped compartment plus attachments
  • The stitching
  • Wear resistance
  • UV and cracking resistance
  • Waterproof inspection
  • Temperature and humidity are tested
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A classic Chanel 2.55 handbag with the mademoiselle lock

Variations

Many variations have been manufactured since the original version.

  • Different leather or fabric material
  • Metal or leather straps
  • Mademoiselle (because Coco was never married) or CC logo lock.

“Reissue 2.55”

For the 50th anniversary in 2005, designer Karl Lagerfeld released the “Reissue 2.55”. It was based on the original design of Coco Chanel. All the 2.55 Chanel bags are today based on this reissued edition.

The only difference is the bags with the CC logo lock; they are called classic flaps.

Price change of the 2.55

This iconic handbag was always expensive. From the first lunch in 1955, the prices went up each year.

But in the last 12 years, the prices are four times more, currently around US$ 10,000.

After all, this legendary bag is an investment and an art piece.

chanel bag

Check out the classic 2.55 bag at chanel.com

You can read our article about the best handbags for women.

Stilleto

Named after the dagger, the stiletto shoes became popular after WWII, probably by French designers like Roger Vivier, André Perugia, or even Charles Jourdan. Also, many believe that the Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo invented the stiletto heels. He was also known as the “shoemaker to the stars.”

Today, it is a fashion must for women who want to be a symbol of sexuality and fetishism.

This high-heeled shoe (with a length from 2.5cm to 25cm) gives an optical illusion of a lengthened leg, arching the foot and crushing the toes. This forces breasts and buttocks to form a posture of sexual encouragement.

They even force the wearer to take smaller steps; that’s why stilettos give the feeling of a woman who can not run, which is an easy target for attack.

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A famous picture of Marilyn Monroe wearing high heels

Wearing stiletto heels creates more problems in the body. Because the weight is all forced into a small area, it can cause skeletal and muscular issues. For the same reason, they can damage hardwood floors and carpets.

high heels
Elizabeth Taylor in the movie Butterfield 8 (1960)

For a femme fatale look, you need to wear stiletto shoes. For more than 20 years, women have worn them in the working environment and casual outfits, proving that stiletto shoes are iconic and a piece of art.

stiletto shoes
Shoe designers are making art pieces.
stiletto shoes
Luxury fashion designers are making extraordinary pieces.
armadillo shoes
Armadillo shoes by Alexander MacQueen.

With 23cm spike heels, some models refused to walk in a show. Lady Gaga wore them at the end of Plato’s Atlantis show, singing the single “Bad Romance” (2009).

Check out our article about the 10 Best Fashion Tips here.

Converse Sneakers

Chuck Taylor All-Stars or Converse All-Stars sneakers have been produced for over 100 years.

After Chuck Taylor asked Converse to design a shoe with more flexibility and support, they created the Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Taylor signed them and soon became the legend shoe.

All-Stars
Original Chuck Taylor All-Stars

The shoe was made from cotton canvas but is leather and sued models.

In 2015, Converse released the Chuck Taylor II, which, due to unpopularity, was discontinued in 2017. You can find them in some shops like Amazon.com or stockx.com

Converse
Stylish and comfortable. The New Run Star Motion Platform.

With more than 400 different models for women, men, kids, and unisex, you will find a design you like.

Check out converse.com for a complete list of different Converse sneakers.

Diamond Engagement Ring

“A Diamond Is Forever”. That was the classic slogan that the cartel Beereer used after WWII.

With their marketing campaign, they informed about the 4C (read more in our articSecretsets about diamonds)

Within the next 40 years, sales in the United States increased ten times.

In December 1971, the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever” was released, and Sean Connery lifted the diamond industry more with his performance.

diamond ring

Today engagement rings
that includes diamonds are about 90%

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Many famous actresses have been shown to wear diamond engagement rings. Lucy Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, Aretha Franklin, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Megan Fox, Jennifer Lopez, and many others are included.

Want to see something different and unique? Check our article about the Peridot gemstone.

Jackie Kennedy's ring
Jackie Kennedy’s ring
Elizabeth Taylor's engagement ring
Elizabeth Taylor’s engagement ring
Lucille Ball's engagement ring
Lucille Ball’s engagement ring

Check our article about women’s rings.

Tiffany Pearls

For almost 200 years, Tiffany has been famous for quality diamonds, amazingly crafted silver items, and the High Jewelry Collections they produce yearly with a different theme.

But they are also famous for the pearl jewelry they have made since 1837.

Iconic collections incorporate different materials. Pearls are combined with silver, gold, diamonds, and anything imaginable. But the most important fact is the craftmanship. For a high-luxury brand, you can expect nothing less than perfection. Experienced and well-known chief designers craft each piece of jewelry.

Please read our article about silver jewelry. You will find many “tips and tricks” about them.

Tiffany's pearl set
President Abraham Lincoln gave the famous Tiffany’s pearl set to his wife.
Lilian Russel brooch
A chrysanthemum brooch made of freshwater pearls with gold and platinum stems was given to Lilian Russel in 1904.
Tiffany's bracelet
Tiffany’s T-yellow 18K gold bracelet with mother-of-pearl diamonds

The iconic Blue Box

Tiffany's blue box

Tiffany Blue was trademarked in 1998 and was standardized by the 1837 Blue (The year Tiffany was created)

It is an icon of luxury and exclusivity around the world. Further, Tiffany is promoting sustainability; all the boxes and bags are made with paper from sustainable sources.

Read Tiffany’s 2025 Sustainability Goals

Tiffany's bracelet
Tiffany Victoria tennis bracelet in platinum with diamonds and pearls

Check out our article about women’s bracelets.

Check it out at tiffany.,com

Breton striped shirt

A Marinière or Breton shirt is a cotton long-sleeved shirt with white and blue stripes. Initially worn by French seamen, it became a fashion statement worldwide.

Many famous personalities have worn the Breton shirt, such as Coco Chanel, John Wayne, Pablo Picasso, and Brigid Bardeau in the first half of the 20th century. That is why it is one of the most famous accessories in the world.

Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel wearing a Breton shirt in 1928
Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso wearing a Breton Shirt

After the 1960s, it became a haute couture, and many famous designers like Yves Saint Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, and many others added the Breton Shirt to their collections.

After the year 2000, many more designers continued to design new models of the Breton shirt: Dolce & Gabanna, Micahel Kors, Chanel, Hermes, etc.

Breton shirt

The iconic Breton shirt from Petit Bateau

Breton Shirt
Mark Wickens for The New York Times

For the Museum of Modern Art exhibition (2017) “Is Fashion Modern?” choose the Orcival Breton shirt (right)

Ray-Ban Sunglasses

For almost 100 years, Ray-Ban sunglasses have been the ultimate fashion accessory for women and men,

The classic Ray-Ban Aviator was manufactured for pilots to help them reduce the destruction of the blue and white colors of the sky.

Ray-Ban
Eva Rinaldi from Sydney, Australia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Ray-Ban sunglasses are the best-selling sunglasses
in the world

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Ray-Ban
Brad Pitt at Cannes 2013. Image by Georges Biard (CC3.0)
Ray-Ban
George Clooney (2017) Image by John Bauld (CC2.0)

Check our article about 15 Trendy Men’s Sunglasses Available Today

Ray-Ban sunglasses become popular among the many celebrities wearing them in films. They used to be men’s famous accessories, but they are unisex; we have seen women wearing iconic sunglasses a lot.

Ray-Ban
Vanessa Hudgens in 2014 (photo by Eva Rinaldi CC2.0)
Ray-Ban
Reese Witherspoon wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarer.
Ray-Ban
New Ray-Ban Aviator for women

Check the new series at ray-ban.com

Ray-Ban
Ray-Ban currently has over 400 different models. One is for you!

For more Ray-Ban sunglasses and many other brands, check our article about Women’s sunglasses.

Zippo

When talking about famous accessories, we can not ignore the Zippo lighters.

Zippo started his journey 90 years ago. The windproof lighter was something new and unique with a lifetime guarantee. All lighter parts are replaceable, making it a reliable and durable piece.

The Zippo lighter has become America’s “legendary and distinct symbol.”

With over 600 million lighters created in 2020, Zippo has become a collectible item. In 2007, Zippo sold a 1933 model for US$ 37,000.

The Zippo lighter has been featured in over 2000 films and TV series. Many documentaries have been produced over the years showing the lighter manufacturing process.

Through the success of the lighter, many counterfeits filled the market, especially from China. Read this article from zippo.com on differentiating a real and a fake Zippo lighter.

Zippo
Zippo 65th Anniversary
Zippo
Zippo 90th Anniversary
Zippo
Zippo Double Torch Butane Light Insert
Zippo
Zippo 18K Gold Very Rare US$30,000

Rolex

What is a brand coming to your mind when you say luxury watches?

Millions of people worldwide consider Rolex one of the ultimate famous accessories.

Here are some reasons why Rolex is so famous and successful.

Fame. People who know about Rolex and want the best watch on the market. They care about quality, craftsmanship, and wearing a look every day. The people who want to buy Number One and do not know much about the brand are simply choosing Rolex because it is the market’s most recognizable luxury watch brand.

Quality. Rolex is well known for its high-quality watches. They do not add features to new models but make new models better, more reliable, and more durable. This is the success of Rolex, making each time the best watch.

Value in time. When you buy a Rolex, you know this investment is worth it. Although most cars lose their weight immediately, Rolex watches will lose a small percentage, and on many occasions, you can get more money than you have spent. This is another reason you want to invest in a Rolex watch.

Rare models and auctions. Many famous old Rolex watches sold in auctions for millions. Old second-hand Rolex watches can be sold quickly in an auction, especially if the model is renowned, like the Daytona or gold Oyster model.

Marketing. Rolex loves sports, and most marketing campaigns are that way. Tennis, golf, and race cars. They are official timekeepers for many years. Please pay attention to sports; most affluent and successful people watch and invest in them. These people can invest US$10,000 to US$50,000 in luxury watches.

Some famous Rolex watches

Rolex
Rolex submariner model 2020. The first model was in 1953 and is now a standard for waterproof watches.
Rolex
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. One of the most famous Rolex watches in the world.

Check out our article about men’s famous luxury watches for more luxury watches.

Mont Blanc, Cross, and Parker

When discussing famous accessories in writing, our mind can go to Cross, Mont Blanc, Sheaffer, or Parker.

These companies are from the 19th century or early 20th century and produce luxury writing instruments.

We could not find only one famous when reviewing all the companies.

That is why we will give the title of the most famous writing instrument in 3 brands for different reasons.

Want to see our complete article about the best luxury pens? Check out the Ultimate Guide.

Mont Blanc

They are making the most expensive pens in the world. These famous accessories in writing are class symbols.

They use the best materials (14K or 18K gold for the nib), and the quality control is incredible.

Their fountain pens even use sound experts to ensure you will not hear any scratching.

Montblanc
Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania. A writing instrument turned into a work of art.

Cross

For 175 years, Cross has been the leading brand in the fine writing industry for customers in 140 countries worldwide.

This famous accessories brand gives a lifetime mechanical guarantee.

Cross
Cross Century II. The official pen for White House signing ceremonies.
Cross
Cross, Townsend. The favorite pen of the US presidents.

Parker

The Parker is synonymous with excellence in writing instruments. Their craftsmanship, the use of precious metals, and functionality made this brand one of the most famous accessories in the world.

Parker
Parker Duofold 100 years Limited Edition. Each Duofold pen contains around 300 pieces of resin.
Parker
The Parker Jotter. A ballpoint pen from 1954.

Chanel No. 5

Is it possible for a fragrance to be in the market for 100 years and still be one of the most famous?

The answer is YES. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel introduced it in 1921. The name came because 5 was her favorite number.

I present my dress collections on the fifth of May, the fifth month of the year and so we will let this sample number five keep the name it has already, it will bring good luck

Coco Chanel
Chanel No 5

It was the first abstract fragrance that included more than 80 ingredients.

Chanel No. 5 is recognizable and unique on each woman’s skin, says Olivier Polge, Chanel’s perfumer creator.

Today, Chanel’s No. 5 smells slightly different from the original fragrance. Over the years, Chanel has fine-tuned the scent to fit the times.

There are five main variations in the Chanel No. 5 fragrance:

  • Parfum. The original. “A woman’s perfume with the scent of a woman.”
  • Eau de Parfum. The sensual. A scent with no dominant notes
  • Eau de Toilette. The woody. The floral aldehydic bouquet is intertwined with the strength of sandalwood.
  • Eau Premiere. The airy. The jasmine notes of the floral bouquet are worked with transparency to reveal ylang-ylang from Comoros.
  • L’eau. The fresh. Radiant citrus top notes soar skyward with the aldehydes, followed by a floral whirlwind of jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, and then the dynamism of vetiver and cedar.
Chanel No 5
Chanel No. 5 Marion Cotillard Anniversary 2021 ml Baccarat bottle edition

Thigh High Boots

The over-the-knee boots (OTK) or simply thigh boots are made from leather (genuine or fake) suede and even polyester. They can have a zipper (for easy wear) or can be designed as pull-on boots.

They were trendy after 1900 among prostitutes because the style refers to fetishism and foot (boot) lovers.

In the last 20 years, many designers (couture or high fashion) have designed many different types, and we saw them in many fall seasons.

One reason they are the most famous accessories now is from the movies.

In 1996, Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts made some people hate the boots, and others love them again.

Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts in the film Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman
The Movie cover photo of Pretty Woman

Today, we can see many famous designers still designing over-the-knee boots.

high boots
Manolo Blahnik thigh-high boots

Check them out at manoloblahnik.com

suede boots
Jimmy Choo black suede boots with gold heel

Check them out at jimmychoo.com

Many famous women prefer wearing and styling their outfits with those fantastic accessories.

high boots
Rihanna wearing these unique denim thigh-high boots by Manolo Blahnik
high boots
Hailey Bieber with a very stylish pastel suede dress and blue thigh-high boots

John Lenon’s round glasses

John Lenon’s eyeglasses are undoubtedly the most iconic in the last 60 years. Worn by everyone, man and woman, this style is a “must,” but remember, this style is not for everyone. They must fit your face shape. Choose round glasses if you have a square face, oval shape, or heart-shaped face type.

Check to read our article about 15 Trendy Men’s Sunglasses

If you want to find them easily, check for Windsor round glasses.

John Lennon
John Lennon 1969
round sunglasses
Samuel L. Jackson wearing round sunglasses
round sunglasses
Selena Gomez in the movie “Only Murderers In The Building” by Hulu
round sunglasses
Lennon sunglasses by Kraywoods

Check them out at kraywoods.com

Conclusion

There are hundreds of famous accessories that have changed the fashion industry.

We included only the most famous that are in trend now. Please tell us if you want to add more famous accessories.

Let us know in the comments what is your favorite.

This article took us 15 days to complete. We hope for a few good comments…

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Pashalis Laoutaris

Fashion Blogger

I am a professional writer, fashion blogger, and owner of the site https://laoutaris.com. As a salesperson for more than 20 years, I have experience of 10 years in the fashion industry. I consider myself a true fashionista. I am writing daily blog articles about fashion, tools and converters, and everything you need to know about the current fashion trends.

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