If you’re wondering how to instantly update your wardrobe for the rest of 2013 but are somewhat short on the pennies, then one of the very easiest and cheapest ways to update is by investing in some of the big and bold accessories which are everywhere this summer. Bags, belts, jewellery and shoes can instantly change an outfit and knowing what to look out for when you go shopping will not only save you money but will ensure you’re bang on trend too.
Forget the black or navy bag, belt or shoes you’ve been wearing through the colder months; for the summer the trend is all about colour. Lots of us are afraid of wearing bright colours from head to toe, so wearing a emerald green belt or bright yellow shoes will give a nod to the latest trends but won’t shift you too far from your comfort zone. Mix and match coloured accessories if you like, but it is better to stick to one colour to maximise the impact.
As far as jewellery is concerned, the predominant trend is for large, tribal pieces using lots of coloured beads, feathers and shells. This isn’t a look which is suitable for every occasion, so if you’ve bought some large feather earrings or beaded wedge shoes it’s probably best to keep them for evenings or weekends than wearing them around the office. Large tassled earrings in bright shades were also seen in many designer collections, and if you’re in any way crafty, you can probably rustle up something similar to the designer look at home. If you are using bold and beaded accessories, stick to neutral colours or plain designs for your main outfit.
Bags this year are colourful and oversized, which is good news for those of us who cart half our house around with us every time we go out. Again the choice of what sort of bag will depend on what other accessories you have chosen to go with your outfit, so when you are thinking about what sort of bag to buy it is best to stick to a fairly classic shape and design which will go with many different permutations of clothing and occasions. Alternatively, head over to the fast fashion chains or supermarkets where you can pick up a new, on trend bag for just a few pounds.
If you’re not the sort to slavishly follow fashion, but want to invest in some new accessories for a special occasion, it can be really difficult to know where to look. Some items, like a classic black court shoe or the sort of items by brands like Danon jewellery never really go out of fashion so are a safe purchase. Similarly if you are buying a gift for a friend, stick to the Danon jewellery rather than the high fashion brands as she will be able to wear her earrings for many years rather than be stuck with something dated and old-fashioned.
Morag Peers is a scottish writer with a strong interest in the world of fashion.