With summer approaching fast, and temperatures already beginning to heat up, new season accessories can quickly update your current wardrobe. Firstly, St Andrews’ most essential item, the sunglasses. If you feel like deviating from the classic aviator, then go for a retro plastic with a kooky shape. Channel the fifties with a cat-eye shape as seen at Giles, or go for a big pair of bright frames as seen at Marc Jacobs for this spring’s iconic seventies look. ASOS have a great collection with chunky vivid frames, and H&M have cute round sunglasses similar to Lanvin’s.
The next most essential item this summer, continuing the ladylike trend of last season for cinched waists, is the waist belt. Thin, thick, buckled, plain or bright, this season’s belts come in all shapes and sizes. All that matters is that it gathers the billowing chiffon of summer clothes into a feminine hourglass shape. The obi style belt channelling Alexander McQueen’s oriental influence is the way to go for a statement belt this summer. Match a belt with a delicate silk headscarf, worn pirate style at Vivienne Westwood, or in a more glamorously tucked around the head and neck as at Missoni for vintage inspired allure. If hats are more your thing, go fanciful with sombrero-inspired huge hats as seen at Prada, play dress-up sailor-style at Dior, or take influence from the Wild West like Moschino.
Perhaps the fixation of many girls’ new season wardrobes, the shoes, happen to have a great selection of new shapes and styles. Though dramatic and beautiful, the wicker boots seen at Gucci are perhaps an extreme, but this season’s shoes play a lot on different textures: fringing at Stella McCartney, weaving at Dior, and cut-out brocade at Christian Louboutin, to name but a few. In addition, big platforms were back, in combination with super-chunky wooden heels, woven wedges or tiny stilettos. Or, in contrast, wear super flat sandals with thick chunky straps for more of the seventies influence.
Bags, on the other hand, have gone in two extreme directions. The first style is very plain with classic simple buttons or buckles, all in this season’s favourite colours of red, white, blue and tangerine. In contrast, the other extreme is big, bold and mostly animal prints. In essence, these bags are still simple in design with simple clasps and often having a classic fold-over fastening.
Images: Rosalie Lindqvist Jones