4 essential accessories for your Spring Summer 2016 wardrobe – words Alexa Wang
Gone are the woollen scarves and gloves that dominated your winter wardrobe, the Great British sun is here, and it’s time to become more expressive with your accessories.
There are a number of trends that are set to become key looks for the new season, from bohemian-styled fringed bags to the pretty pastel hues of the spring’s hottest sunglasses trend.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at what you should be accessorising your outfit with over the next few months for your Spring Summer 2016 wardrobe, and some of the trendiest products for each style.
A throwback to the heyday of the hippies, these fringe bags look like they have come straight from the 60s or the 70s. This particular style of bag has been right on trend since early 2015, and it isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future. Where the previous year was more about earthy brown leathers and suedes, this year will see rich primary colours with a variety of bright finishes and jazzy linings become more popular.
This Urban Originals bag from ASOS is a great example, with a deep, electric blue colouring contrasting with an eye-catching leopard print inner.
Over the past few seasons, one of the most effective ways to make a real statement with your accessory choice has been with a necklace. While some pieces will have extra functions for outfit layering, others have the sole purpose of making a strong style declaration — there is no real rule for choosing your ideal piece, they can be as unique or as striking as you like, so feel free to get expressive with your choice.
A great example of bold yet natural-looking design, this Swarovski Crystal Divinity necklace from Burns Jewellers makes use of blue, clear, and grey crystals, and will make a great statement piece throughout this season.
The long earrings
The length of earrings tends to follow its own trend, and this season is most certainly the spring of the longer earring, or ‘shoulder dusters’ as they have been affectionately named. First seen dangling from the ears of models at this years’ fashion shows, the style has effortlessly made the leap to everyday fashion with a range of elegant yet colourful designs.
The Daily Mail published an insightful style article about the trend that includes tips for wearing these earrings, as well as listing some of the best high street options for finding affordable jewellery pieces.
This spring and summer’s dominant sunglasses trend is most definitely the dusty pinks, baby blues, and lavenders that have coloured the shades of everyone from Taylor Swift to Kate Hudson and Gwen Stefani. The style is very feminine and creates a soft and gentle look that harks back to years of youth and freedom — ideal for any girl looking to enjoy the glory days of summer. Expect to see them out in force at festivals in a range of frame styles, from classic wayfarers to more angled cat-eye designs.
You don’t have to spend the earth on pastel coloured sunglasses, especially if you plan on heading to a muddy field to see your favourite bands at some point. Try these pink wayfarers from South Beach for an affordable summer staple.
Take note of our four key accessory trends for the season if you want to look the part when the sun is shining this spring and summer.