“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!
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!?
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.
Clockwise, 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!)
Clockwise, 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
5. BRIGHT AND BOLD
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!
Clockwise, 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
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