Accessories are a great way to recognize a trend without over-investing. More often than not they are easy to wear, regardless of the temperature, and allow everyone to look like a million bucks without breaking the bank. This season, statement accessories are the choice addition to elevate your outfit. Here are our favorite picks to stay on trend and out of the red.
Oversized clutch bags
As seen on the runways at Chanel and Givenchy, these enormous grab bags are more practical than the standard clutch with a similar capacity to a tote bag, but the edgy slouch adds a cool-girl style. This bigger-is-better trend is perfect for the maximalist who likes to look on trend while leaving the house with everything but the kitchen sink.
On the other end of the scale is the smallest bag you can possibly find, with just enough room to carry the bare essentials. Seen at Jacquemus and Oscar De La Renta, this minimalist accessory is perfect for those with a less-is-more attitude.
As seen at both Marc Jacobs and Giambattista Valli this season, the hands-free style is gaining popularity. With belt bags making waves among the world’s fashionistas last year, this season sees the introduction of pouches just big enough for your phone and credit card. Designed to be worn around your neck, these pouches keep your hands free for more important things like carrying a matcha latte and scrolling through Instagram.
Christian Dior and Prada both showcased this colorful eyewear on their AW runways and they are quite the statement. This nod to the ’70s adds an effortlessly cool element and is the perfect accessory to elevate any outfit, particularly if you are not an ardent trend follower.
The cat’s eye sunglasses don’t look like they are going anywhere for the moment. Try a slim version like this season’s Valentino style for a trendy nod to ’90s cult classic “Clueless” or opt for the bigger and more timeless shape for a universally flattering style that adds a dash of glamour to any outfit.
Versace’s plaid berets are not totally appropriate for the weather here in Cayman, but we can’t deny this accessory is seeing a renaissance. Paired with any cozy outfit, this classic hat will add flair and character to any look. With a time-honored piece like this, steer away from following the crowd with a neutral color; instead, channel your individuality in a bright or accent color beret.
The ’90s are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future, and this trend is hanging around too. However, just like the ugly trainers that have been on the catwalks for the past few seasons, it is not for everyone. As seen on the runway at Prada, these hats are actually quite practical for sunny days at the beach. So, if you are a fan, the bucket hat may just bridge the gap between style and practicality.
Seen on the runways at Fendi, Saint Laurent and Dolce and Gabbana, big is best. Huge earrings, statement necklaces and oversized cuffs are the hardware of choice this season. Avoid going overboard and weighing yourself with down multiple pieces; instead, choose one, allowing the statement to speak for itself.
Dior Saddle Bag
This season sees the revival of the iconic Dior Saddle bag. Once draped from the arms of Paris Hilton and Carrie Bradshaw, this bag has been snapped up by the most fashionable women on the planet, making it the must-have item this season.