How to Use Fashion and Jewelry As Home Decor

Nathan Law

Schiaparelli’s gilded aviator eyeglasses have been living in my head rent-free since I first saw them on Instagram late last year. I’m fascinated by their surrealist design, intrigued by their Dadaesque appeal. And like a magpie attracted to shiny objects, I need to own a pair (and I’d take those […]

Schiaparelli’s gilded aviator eyeglasses have been living in my head rent-free since I first saw them on Instagram late last year. I’m fascinated by their surrealist design, intrigued by their Dadaesque appeal. And like a magpie attracted to shiny objects, I need to own a pair (and I’d take those Swarovski-studded finger bijoux too, please).

Would I ever wear them? Probably not. I’m no fashionisto, nor am I a particularly bold dresser. But I’d totally see them work as part of a coffee table arrangement, crowning a stack of books or between a set of funky vases on a sideboard.

Some fashion and jewelry pieces deliver more than a sartorial statement. They’re displays of excellent craftsmanship or smart manifestations of the designer’s creativity and outlook on the world. They can make you think, Damn, that’s clever, just as good art and design can. So there’s no reason not to treat them as such.

Approach fashion like an art form, and a whole new world of interior decor options opens—here’s how to give your home a sartorial zhuzh-up.

Olivia Cheng’s vintage silkscreens are the ultimate color indulgence.

Photography by Naoko Maeda

Frame the flat stuff

What is a scarf but a silk-printed work of art? Whether it’s a vintage Hermès or a contemporary piece by an indie designer (I have one by Bangkok-based Saran Yen Panya), silk scarves don’t just look great draped on shoulders—when framed, they can double as wall art. If you have a square frame, some patience, and a garment steamer, it’s a fairly straightforward DIY job, but valuable pieces are in better hands with a professional picture framer.

And while you’re at it, you can frame other textile garments as well. Sports fanatics have long mastered the art of jersey framing; you can steal their techniques for, say, a vintage Comme des Garçons shirt. Fold T-shirts over a sturdy frame backing or display them in a deep frame with some smart pin placements and cut-to-size cardboard. Alternatively, Amazon has a wide collection of shirt display cases on sale, such as these T-shaped versions by Umbra.

Gia Seo’s home is a sneakerhead’s wonderland, stocked with an endless supply of standout shoes.

Photography by Max Burkhalter

Treat accessories as artwork

Who’s to say a designer shoe or handbag isn’t a sculpture of some sort? Instead of hiding them away in a closet, add your joy-sparking fashion possessions to your mantelpiece or bookshelf as you’d display any other artwork. Arrange them between books, vases, or other sculptures, or elevate them further as objets d’art by mounting them on display stands (like this stainless-steel shoe stand) or in clear display cases (such as these custom-fit handbag displays).

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