Titi Finlay on the five accessories you can afford to update your look with…
The good news is, it’s February, which means the month of frugality post-Christmas has come to a much anticipated end. The days are getting longer, flowers are materialising (sartorial and seasonal) and, slowly but surely, we are once again able to afford a little more than just a £5.99 t-shirt from the dregs of the Zara sale. If you, like me, have an agonising penchant for shoes, sunglasses or any other vestiary items, then January is depressing due to lack of clothes, not lack of sunlight. So how does one overcome this annual fashion deficit? The answer, my friends, is accessories – cheap ones, to be exact. And how fitting that this year, it is accessories that the fashion world is coveting over clothes. These are the big ones…
Don’t call it a comeback, this surprisingly chic headwear has been bubbling under the surface since 1992 and now it’s back with a vengeance – embellished, pearly, velvet. Seen on a myriad of fashion insiders from Leandra Medine to our very own editor Camilla Ackley, this trend is going to be big in 2018. Girls like you and I presumably cannot afford Miu Miu’s pearl Alice band at £240 (if you can, want to grab me one too?) so I recommend this multipack of padded velvet headbands from Amazon. We love a good bargain at Into the Fold, and at £8.99 for the pack, it’d be rude not to jump on the bandwagon.
On the subject of 90s headgear, the scrunchie has returned. Again, velvet is the most popular choice, with tartan coming in at a strong second. Fashion insider Courtney Trop championed the return of the schoolgirl trend, which then made its official debut in Balenciaga’s Resort 2018 collection. I love the chicness of an Evita-esque black silk scrunchie paired with a tight, low bun, red lips and a pair of gold hoop earrings – but recently, I’ve found myself veering towards this ravey, metallic number from Topshop.
I recently purchased a pair of bright red Poppy Lissiman knock-offs from an Amsterdam-based brand, having seen the originals perched on the noses of Bella Hadid and Model of the Year, Adwoa Aboah. After careful consideration, I realised this fleeting trend might not be worth investing £71 in, so I opted for the £25 version from Blank, which immediately edged-up my wardrobe. At LFW, I paired them with an otherwise mediocre outfit and (blowing my own trumpet here) was consequently asked by several street style photographers for a picture. I think that says it all.
Towards the end of last year, everyone from Versace to Ashley Williams was doing embellished hair grips, while Alexander Wang made a splash at NYFW earlier this month with the return of the banana clip. As someone who is in the process of growing out a fringe, I couldn’t be happier. Though I’d love to go for Simone Rocha’s £75 bridal-chic, pearly hair grips, I must remind myself I have no pending wedding through which to justify such a lavish expense. Instead, these funky, metallic zig-zags from ASOS will do the trick at £5.
From street to catwalk, hosiery is having a moment. In streetwear, girls are pairing basketball socks with 90s kitten heels a la Miu Miu, and in high-fashion its all about Balenciaga’s chainmail detail tights, and more so Gucci’s diamante stockings. Danish blogger Emily Sindlev demonstrates the notion that coloured tights are no longer just for little girls, and Pernille Teisbaek has been trailblazing the return of the 80s stocking/stiletto combo. For the affordable answer, you can head to Monki or good old Amazon, but I’m particularly infatuated by Happy Socks latest collection titled ‘Hysteria’, which perfectly describes my reaction upon discovering them.
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