Accessories, accessories

“You can never have too many accessories’, is the line Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous famously DIDN’T say when she was a guest on a daytime TV show.

She was trying to find the word, but somehow it just wouldn’t come out. How could she forget the word accessories?! Accessories are a fashion essential. They’re an excellent way of adding something to an outfit, dressing it up for the evening, or putting your own personal stamp on it.

They’re an excellent way of trying out one of the season’s fashion trends, without buying into it too much. So, we’ve chosen a selection of accessories from a few of this spring/summer season’s hottest trends.


Prints and patterns are big news this spring/summer. Look out for tribal prints, animal prints, geometric prints, paintbrush prints, tropical prints – yeah, you get the idea. Wearing print on clothing is a bold choice, so if you don’t feel that bold, then try accessories. A print shoe, or bag, or belt, or even jewellery in the style can add something to a plain outfit, or enhance a printed one, if you are bold enough!

Accessories print

Clockwise, from top left: Tribal necklace, £14.99, New Look, graphic print clutch, £85, French Connection, tropical pattern shoes, £45, leopard print shoes, £65, both Schuh, black and white tribal print backpack, £19.99, New Look, geometric heel shoes, £49.50, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, Aztec earrings, £3.99,  Indian print drawstring bag, £19.99, both H&M


Pastels are big this spring, did you know? If the answer is ‘no’, shame on you, get to the bottom of fashion class! Pastels are HUGE this spring/summer, and probably one of the easiest trends to wear. Mix up your pastels by adding contrasting pastel accessories to your outfit, or match them up and go completely pretty in pink (or mint, or lemon, or, yeah, you get the idea!). Pastel hair is huge as well – try hair chalks if you want to, or how about this fab wig from Claire’s!?

Accessories pastel

Clockwise, from top left: Pink sunglasses, £6.99, pink feather necklace, £7.99, pink suede sandals, £45, Schuh, lilac satchel, £35, Red Herring @ Debenhams, mint green shoes, £17, pink paste earrings, £7.99, both New Look, pink court shoes, £99, French Connection, blue feather earrings, £5, Pastel wig, £25, both Claire’s Accessories, blue shoulder bag, £14.99, H&M


Metallics for the spring/summer is a bold look. Shiny fabrics are all over the shops, silver during the day in the sunshine is in. So mix up your metallics and add some accessories that shine. Holographic prints are good, as are metallics in bright colours.

accessories metallicsClockwise, from top left: Pink clutch bag, £40, Miss KG @ Debenhams, multi metallic shoes, £65, Schuh, silver cuff, £15, Betty Jackson.Black @ Debenhams, metallic ankle boots, £24.99, holographic belt, £4.99, both New Look, green metallic bag, £tbc, Debenhams


It’s spring, it’s time for florals. Florals, as we have discussed on the blog, are here for the duration this spring/summer. They are everywhere. But if you aren’t quite ready for a floral dress, or coat, or skirt and top combo, floral accessories are a perfect way to bring some flowers into your day! (Especially when it still feels like winter outside!)

accessories floralClockwise, from top left: Daisy print sneakers, £14, floral tablet case, £17.99, both New Look, floral clutch, £32, Call It Spring @ Debenhams, floral shoes, £35, Schuh, red floral cross-body bag, £29, Red Herring @ Debenhams, ditsy floral backpack, £19.99, New Look, cream floral cluster pendant, £9, Louche @ JOY, floral scarf, £4.99, H&M


Bright and bold colour mixing, or colour blocking, is a trend again this year, but on a smaller scale than previous years. But there is something brilliant about adding some bold colour to an outfit, by way of accessories. Bright primary coloured shoes, a bright yellow bag, or a bold pink bangle are all a perfect way to bring a pop of colour to your outfit, and your life!

Accessories bright and boldClockwise, from top left: Yellow shoulder bag, £12.99, H&M, red loafers, £35, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, multi-coloured earrings, £20, Debenhams, blue and orange courts, £55, Schuh, pink and blue bangle, £6.99, New Look, yellow hard clutch bag, £69, Carvela @ Debenhams, lime and black tote bag, £19, BHS

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions

Pastel pink prettiness!

Pastels. You’re going to see them EVERYWHERE this spring. You may even be sick of them, come, ooh, April, perhaps? Pastel pink is the most popular pastel choice, so we thought we would start there, and bring you the best of the pastel pink styles in the stores already.

Pastel pink is a lovely transitional colour to wear from winter in to spring. If the palest of pastel pink shades is too much, then try a more candy version. There is a lot of pink on its way into the stores in every shade this spring, so pastel pink won’t be your only choice.

But for now we will focus on the nudest, blush, powdery shades of pastel pink. A pastel pink coat is a great way to wear this shade. The pink coat was last autumn winter’s musthave coat, and the trend extends to this spring.

PAstel piink oneClockwise, from top left: pink longline blazer, £150, French Connection, earrings, £7.99, detail skirt, £17.99, patent heels, £19.99, pink knit, £14.99, all New Look

Candy pink shades work well in dresses, particularly with a retro vibe. Don’t forget those retro-style knickers!

Pastel pink twoClockwise, from top left: candy pink dress, £34.99, H&M, pin and black retro-style dress, £22, Dorothy Perkins @ BHS, pink skirt, £24.99, H&M, pink retro pants, £4, BHS, pink shoulder bag, £195, French Connection

Pastel pink can be loose and slouchy, a perfect Sunday shade. Slouchy tops and knits, pink chinos and oversize coats.

pastel pink threeClockwise, from top left: Pastel pink top, £7.99, chinos, £19.99, both H&M, pink stud earrings, £1, Claire’s Accessories, pink oversize coat, £50, Red Herring @ Debenhams, pink sweater, £14.99, H&M

Gorgeous pink tailoring is an excellent choice for a spring wedding – mix it up a bit though, with shorts, instead of a skirt.

Pastel pink fourClockwise, from top left: Pink cropped blazer, £150, French Connection, pink felt hat, £24.99, H&M, pink tailored shorts, £28, Red Herring @ Debenhams, dip dye vintage style vest, £tbc, Superdry

Pink looks great with black, but also works perfectly with denim – dark or faded. A simple pink accessory is a good way to reintroduce yourself to pastel pink – by spring, you’ll be fully embracing it!

pastel pink fiveClockwise, from top left: pink puff shoulder coat, £34.99, H&M, pink and black dress, £85, Principles by Ben de Lisi @ Debenhams, pink needle cord denim jacket, £54.95, Superdry, pink hair scrunchie, £1.99, New Look, pink sunglasses, £20.50 (were £69), French Connection

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions