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The Thing: Great style is in the details this season, so we’ve dedicated these pages to the all-important art of accessorizing

Purple feather and netting fascinatorPurple Reign
Not quite a hat and not quite a hair clip, the fascinator is spring’s most regal fashion statement, thanks in large part to England’s newest princess-to-be, who is often photographed with one perched atop her head. At Lilliput Hats on College Street, requests for fascinators have doubled since the royal engagement was announced in November. And unlike china or mouse pads emblazoned with the royal couple’s heads, this is the kind of matrimonial hysteria we can get behind—if only for the opportunity to play dress-up with coquettish netting and decorative feathers. $70. Lilliput Hats, 462 College St., 416-536-5933.

WatchesTime Sensitive
In the age of the smart phone, who uses a watch to tell the time anymore? Do your part to prevent the retro-cool analog watch from going the way of the Discman. We like the sheen on these gold and white Michael Kors Chronographs and the whimsy of Nixon’s Rubber Player watches, which come in five different colours. Left, Nixon Rubber Player watch, $200. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333. Middle and right, Michael Kors Chronograph, $235. Gee Beauty, 2 Roxborough St. W., 416-486-0080.

Gold link collar necklaceHeavy Metal
This Cleopatra-esque collar by Detroit-based designers Erickson Beamon embodies spring’s shiniest trend: gold, gold and more gold. Not for the weak of stylistic ambition. Or the weak of neck, for that matter. $1,225. The Room, 176 Yonge St., 416-861-6251.

Colourful bowtiesIn Rainbows
Simple fact: many men wear ties; fewer men wear bow ties. Not everyone can pull off the knotted preppy staple, but anyone willing to try might as well go all out with bright patterns or flowery prints. These bold bows will make other men wish they knew how to tie one. Left, Pomp and Ceremony, $60. Model Citizen, 279 Augusta Ave., 416-553-6632. Right, Carrot and Gibbs, $75. Harry Rosen, 82 Bloor St. W., 416-972-0556.

(Photography by Christopher Stevenson; Styling by Andrea Beechey)