From after-dinner drinks to red carpet style, the right accessories can bring an outfit together perfectly. Whether adding a special touch to a suit or doing something different with a little black dress, they can elevate an ensemble.
As the fashion world shifts its focus to these finishing flourishes and our attention moves from summer attire to party wear, it’s time to think ahead. To make sure our accessories are on point for the forthcoming season, here is a round-up of some of the hottest accessory ideas from the catwalks.
Bigger is Better
Oversized, 80s-inspired earrings are here to stay. Intricate floral creations and sun and moon symbols were seen at Oscar de la Renta, while Carolina Herrera injected some glamour with giant diamante adornments surrounded by tiny black beads.
Tom Ford was another designer who led the large-earring charge, sending his models down the catwalk wearing sparkling flowers and large, glittering hoops. Take inspiration from Mr Ford and add some large hoops to instantly update a plain party dress.
From delicate bracelets to elegant timepieces, a simple piece of wristwear can make a statement and make a subtle difference to an outfit. If you want a watch that complements your dress next season, pick up the berry trend that was seen on lips at Bottega Veneta, Marni and Erdem. Alternatively, channel Chanel and select a watch that looks like jewellery. The selection at Henry London is filled with dainty additions.
The thicker soles and platform styles, seen at Louis Vuitton, have already made waves for men’s footwear this year. Catwalks at Dior and Valentino followed suit and were filled with chunky-heeled boots for ladies. When teamed with low-key jewellery they can take centre stage or go all-out and mix them with some large earrings for a confident look that gives your partywear an ambitious twist.
Earrings may be heading back to the 80s, but bags are all about the 90s, with chic clutch bags in the spotlight. Christopher Kane’s mustard yellow mock-croc clutch works well with anything from sophisticated black to deep reds or the classic burgundy bag from Gucci is a sweet mid-season clutch for all occasions.
If you like your bags to do the talking, try the fuzzy fun seen at Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabbana. Dries Van Noten picked up the trend, too, while picking up on the yellow trend seen everywhere from Calvin Klein to Versace.
If you’re looking ahead to party season, now is the time to start thinking of what works with your wardrobe. What accessories are you thinking of trying out this season? Do you have one go-to accessory that works with everything?