Dressing fabulously doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. A few well-chosen accessories can enhance any outfit and make for a unique fashion statement; we round up the most on-trend accessories of the year below to help you effortlessly dress to impress in the most budget-friendly way possible.
Tactile Tote Bags
This spring sees the return of the tote bag, but with a twist! Choose a voluminous bag in a tactile, or even fluffy, fabric, to stay ahead of the fashion stakes. Soft suedes and cuddly faux fur are the names of the game; opt for delicate pastel hues or shades of green and blue.
The best part of this trend is that it’s practical, too: heading back to the office is much easier when you have a bag that not only looks fantastic but is big enough to hold all the essentials you need it to!
Jewelry featuring names, initials, or personal messages is going to be huge this year. Choose a piece in a simple, elegant design so that it can be worn with either a casual or a dressy outfit- classic designs won’t go out of fashion, either, so you’ll be able to enjoy wearing your jewelry for years.
Have a look at onecklace.com/rings/ for inspiration: you’ll find here a range of customizable rings that can be stacked for a contemporary look. You can mix and match rings, to incorporate both names and birthstones for truly unique jewelry that’ll always be in style.
An easy and budget-friendly way to add flair to any outfit, chain belts have already been spotted on the catwalks of Gucci and Chanel. Go for belts in gold, copper, and bronze tones, and pair them with a floaty summer dress for maximum effect…or, for the brave, wear on bare skin with hipsters and a crop top.
Opt for either big and bold styles or sleek and subtle; whatever design you choose, this on-trend accessory is likely to be popular for the entire year.
The Return of Platforms
Platform shoes are back, and they’re bigger and bolder than ever before! While it’s entirely possible to spend mega-money on a pair of designer platform shoes, it’s possible to get the look on a budget. Search vintage and thrift stores for a bargain (you may even find some platforms from back when they were last in fashion!) or have a look for high street versions of the big brand names.
This season, expect to see platforms of all shapes and sizes, from cute Mary Jane styles to towering patterned creations, so whether you prefer a wearable pair or would adore some sky-high vintage-style kicks, you can make this trend work for you.
These are baseball caps…but not as you know them! The return of this type of hat for the 2022 spring season sees them manufactured in premium fabrics, such as wool blends and a range of classy neutral tones.
These caps are a perfect way to add some effortlessly serious style to a casual look.
A chic addition to the list of trends for this year, square scarves are of great value as they can be used to create many different styles. Worn simply around the neck, they add elegance to an outfit, or a beautifully patterned scarf can also be tied around the handles of your favorite bag. A square silk scarf that is worn loosely over the shoulders as a stole is also the perfect way to add panache (and a bit of extra warmth!) to an evening ensemble.
Choose a scarf in a design that reflects your personal style as well as one that you’ll be able to match with a range of different garments in your wardrobe to get maximum value for money.
Making a major mark on all the catwalks last year and still extremely on-trend, patterned, or embellished tights are a great way to up the fashion credentials of an outfit. It really is anything goes when it comes to hosiery this season; opt for a bold, vibrant color, pretty, intricate lace design, seventies-style patterning, or whatever takes your fancy. And if it clashes? Even better!
Hand in Glove
Gloves have been having a serious moment in wedding fashion and have now made the leap into mainstream fashion. Uplevel a formal outfit with a pair of opera gloves, or add edge to day wear with some Madonna-esque lace short lacy gloves or a sheer pair that’s perfect for springtime.
Make It Sustainable
And finally, one of the key trends across the whole fashion world – that’s likely to be around for the foreseeable future – is that of sustainability. Make a difference by choosing accessories and brands with solid eco-credentials and that, where possible, use sustainable materials and manufacturing processes. An awareness of the environment is on-trend right now, and more and more retailers and labels are getting on board with this and supplying customers with the earth-friendly products that they’re increasingly demanding.