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.

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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!

Wedding bags, bags, bags

You need a bag at a wedding for your phone, and the favours, and money for drinks, oh, and that hankie  -weddings are emotional affairs!

But most wedding bags are, well, a bit wee, and boxy. It’s that wedding style crisis we’ve discussed in other posts this week. We all get a bit of fashion blindness when it comes to weddings, and, when it comes to wedding bags, it’s like we think only little boxy clutch bags will do.

Which is fine. But they’re not the only choice. There are wedding bags aplenty, if you just look for them, and think outside the box(y) clutch!

If you do love a wedding-style clutch, then that’s fine, there are lots of pretty beaded, sequinned and metallic numbers out there.

Mix things up a bit with this fab shell-shaped metallic clutch from SkinnyDip London @ JOY (£30). BHS’s navy beaded clutch is a wedding stalwart (£?), as is their beaded soft cltuch (£25, at the top right). Nine by Savannah Miller’s chevron style beaded, fringed clutch (£39, top left, Debenhams), has a retro feel to it. Debut @ Debenhams’  big silver envelope clutch is a classic (£18), and BHS’s lattice pearl clutch (£25) is as wedding bags as it gets!

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Clutches are great – they add to your outfit, and you can have LOADS of fun with them. Be bright and bold and fun with New Look’s sequinned watermelon clutch (£19.99). SkinnyDip London @ JOY’s ‘Nope’ clutch (£32) is a great bit of tongue-in-cheek fun at a wedding!

New Look’s brown chevron stripe frame clutch (£15.99) is retro-fabulous, and we love H&M’s willow bag with wooden clasp (£29). At Debenhams, we love the boldness of this Star by Julien Macdonald zebra oversized clutch (£25). And BHS’s large lemon yellow clutch (£18) will hold all your stuff!

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We also adore French Connection’s white laser-cut clutch bag (£45), and White Stuff’s silver laser-cut clutch (£29.95), which also has a strap included. New Look’s Aztec clutch (£22.99) is lovely, and would work well with a floaty outfit. J by Jasper Conan’s nude foldover clutch (£79, Debenhams) is muted perfection, whilst the colour-blocked black, blue and white clutch from Principles by Ben De Lisi (£45, Debenhams), is bold and bright.

Wedding bags clutch twoCross-body styles as wedding bags leaves you both hands free to embrace the bride and groom (and tuck into the buffet and drink at the same time!). Bright sunny yellow is fab – White Stuff’s version (£39.95) has a cute bird attachment, whilst New Look’s (£17.99)has a snakeskin panel.

Butterflies and leaves make a pretty pattern at White Stuff (£29.95), and we also love their woven bag, with detachable strap and cute pom pom detail (£32.50). Saddle bags are still on-trend, we love this buckle version from New Look (£15.99). Also at New Look, we love the structured cream colour block shoulder bag (£24).

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Finally, add a bit of fringed fun to your outfit with perhaps the quirkiest of wedding bags. These fabulous fringed numbers will make a statement!

Bold turquoise fringed clutch? Yes, please! From JOY, £29. French Connection’s pale blue clutch (£90) has the best fringing we’ve ever seen, agreed? Also at JOY, Louche’s embroidered saddle bag with fringed tassel (£59) is great for a wedding – and every day after it! H&M’s macrame bag (£14.99) is perfect for a 1970s style wedding outfit, as French Connection’s fringed black version (£90). Last but not least, BHS’s tan suede fringed shoulder bag. (£59)

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