Absolutely Fabulous fashion!

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie opens this weekend. Patsy and Edina, those crazy fashon mavens are back on our screens, just the bigger version, and back in the hearts of every fashionista, even if they are too cool to admit it.

Patsy Stone’s finest moment for us came, when, a guest on morning TV, she forgot the word for accessories. Patsy, fashion editor extraordinaire, froze on live TV, and advised the viewers they could never have ‘enough hats, shoes and gloves’

Of course she meant accessories, but the word was nowhere to be found. We love accessories – they can shape an outfit, and add just that little something we need.

Instead of shoes and gloves, we’re focusing on scarves and bags with our hats – three perfect summer accessories that will make your summer wardrobe, well, absolutely fabulous.

Let’s start with hats. Summer affords us the excuse to wear hats. Big, beautiful, absolutely fabulous, floppy hats. Or maybe just a bucket hat, or a simple cap. Whatever your hat choice, wear it well!

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Clockwise, from top left: Monochrome floppy hat, £22, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, flower print bucket hat, £7.99, New Look, Multi-coloured floppy sunhat, £18, JOY, trimmed sunhat, £19.95, White Stuff, boater, £15, JOY, cut-out straw floppy hat, £9.99, H&M, Logo cap, £14.99, Superdry

Bags in summer should be one of two things – big and roomy, or small and clutchable. Choose straw beach bags with oodles of room for all your beachy needs. Pick absolutely fabulous leather bags, with, er, bags of space for all your summer work and play needs. Or pick a simple clutch for an evening cocktail party, or dinner on your holiday island.

Absolutely fabulous bags

Clockwise, from top left: Bucket bag, £39.95, White Stuff, trimmed clutch, £26, JOY, jute bag, £24.99, bird embellished clutch, £19.99, New Look, metallic shopper, £34.99, New Look, grey satchel style bag, £175, 175, Debenhams, anchor print rucksack, £39.99, Superdry

Finally, to complete our absolutely fabulous accessories trio, scarves. A floaty summer scarf is a perfect accessory for any holiday. Use it to shield you from the sun, keep the chill off at night, comfort you on the flight. Tie it in your hair, round your neck, drape it over your shoulders.

absolutely fabulous scarves

Clockwise, from top left: Bandana scarf, £4.99, New Look, floral silky scarf, £29.99, H&M, tropical print trimmed scarf, £19.99, Superdry, yellow scarf, £15, JOY, blue dotty scarf, £29.95, White Stuff, bird print scarf, £22.50, White Stuff, striped scarf, £10, Red Herring @ Debenhams

Absolutely fabulous accessories!

Day to Night Dresses

Here’s how to take a dress from morning to midnight this spring/summer. Day to night dressing is not hard – just swap out your accessories at sundown and get ready for the night ahead!

Here are six styles to choose from.

Love this yellow lace sundress from H&M (£5.99) and it could work day to night. During the day team it with a cute shell bangle (£7.99, New Look), straw bag (£14.99, H&M), clog sandals (£130, UGG @ Schuh), and some coral sunnies (£3, Claire’s Accessories).

For night, mix it up with a cute snakeprint mobile clutch purse (£7.99, H&M), killer orange heels (£34.99, New Look) and some glam diamante drop earrings (£10, The Collection @ Debenhams).

DAYTO NIGHT SIXBHS’s green crepe twist shift (£30) looks great with bright colours during the day  – team it with a bold yellow bag (£110, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams), contrasting stripe pumps (£tbc, Debenhams), a cute Hawaiian print watch (£60, JOY) and some big bold sunnies (£18, JOY).

Then, at night, make it monochrome and bold, with a zebra print clutch (£25, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams), some monochrome pattern courts (£tbc, Debenhams) and a pair of black drop earrings (£15, Betty Jackson Black @ Debenhams).

DAY TO NIGHT TWOIf the dress is monochrome like this jazzy stripe number from Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams (£60), then add a bit more monochrome, and maybe some print to contrast this print. Try these monochrome wooden sandals (£59.99, New Look), a wooden striped bangle (£5.99, New Look), and a bold leopard print backpack (£15.99, New Look) for a casual look.

Then, for day to night, swap put the backpack for a rose gold oversize clutch (£18, BHS), some gold earrings (£7.99, H&M), and some lipstick pink patent courts (£39, Debenhams)

DAY TO NIGHT FIVEFrench Connection’s print tunic dress (£95) looks great in the daytime with some summer boots (£59.99, New Look), cat’s eye sunnies (£5.99, New Look), and a block colour tote (£129, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams).

Then, come sundown, keep the look simple, but swap out the boots for some gold lace-ups (£29.99, H&M), a gorgeous crystal ring (£6.99, H&M), nose rings (£3.99 for two, H&M) and a fur clutch bag (£7.99, H&M),

DAY TO NIGHT ONEWhite Stuff’s pretty navy dress will look retro-tastic during the day with some metallic ballet pumps (£12, BHS), love heart sunglasses (£16, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams), a beautiful pastel blue bag (£19.99, New Look), and a big old floppy hat (£22, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams).

Then, switch it up at night, with some pretty floral high sandals (£100, French Connection), lovely jewel bangles from JOY (£12 for two), and a bold red tassel, and studded clutch (£25, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams)

DAY TO NIGHT FOURLast but not least, this bold orange Bardot neckline (huge this season) orange dress from New Look (£19) looks fab during the day with matching orange tote bag (£24.99, New Look), bronze sandals (£17.99, New Look), and muted orange sunnies (£7.99, H&M).

Then at night, add some fun accessories in a pom pom necklace (£5.99, New Look), pom pom sandals (£50, Schuh), and a cute beaded clutch (£25, BHS).