As we crawl out of winter hibernation and the days slowly warm up, we're clearing our diaries for the ultimate spring and summer events. A sure sign that spring is coming is the appearance of colourful blooms and vibrant accessories in shop windows and department store floors. And that's exactly what's starting to happen. That's right ladies, the hottest events are only moments away! Whether you have a line-up of sultry weddings, a day (or multiple) at the races, Christmas parties and end of year work events, keeping up with the latest fashion trends is a must.
If you're craving something a little offbeat or accessories that ooze unique flavours, then you've come to the right place. Whilst many fashion enthusiasts want to keep up with what's hot and what's not, flaunting style additions that are different with an exclusive appeal means you'll be all the talk at your next event. Here are some unique fashion accessories that fit with the latest trends, but are still flexible enough to add your own touch too:
1. Flower Crowns
Few accessories have aroused conversation starters than the flower crown. Showing no signs of fading anytime soon, these floral headpieces have woven their way into social and dress traditions all over the world. These flower crown blooms are seen on the runways, at the races and spring weddings – unleashing a fresh wave of flower mania that only gets bigger and better each year. Believe it or not, these vibrant additions to your outfit have even made their way into music festivals like Coachella.
What started out as a celebrity trend for the races has evolved into ladies wearing them for a weekend night out to match with a certain dress. Although the tradition has been around for decades (think 70's hippie throwback), today's flower crown still symbolises love and celebration, just with a modern twist. They can be as simple or as extravagant as you want, making them one of the easiest accessories to personalise and incorporate as your own 'hairstyle'. Some of the hottest flower trends to use these upcoming seasons include orchids and colourful blooms that are big in your local florist.
Tip: Look for flower crowns you can wear at any event with edgy city wear but still with that pretty, girlie appeal. Contrast pieces are great for the adventurous one or go for a look that's aggressively natural with a small cluster of blooms, twigs and greenery.
2. Structured Box Bags
Only really stepping into the limelight this year, structured box bags are going to stay big for 2018. These styles emerged from the catwalks and are all the talk with their geometric, structural appearance. Chic and colourful ones are in for your spring and summer events, with playful ribbons attached for a sense of liveliness. Box bags did hit a few years back but nothing beats this year's trend, which is more adventurous and evolved than before.
Box bags have major staying power and offer fashion lovers a sleek and structured alternative to the traditional handbag. They come in a range of designs including hard, square and rectangle to spice up almost any outfit. The itty-bitty bag trend which saw purses at a cigarette-box size has moved to a bigger bag trend with the same hot boxed bag appeal.
Tip: It's totally hip to be square! Add a soft box bag and a hard box bag to your accessory list this spring. Bright colours are best for that dramatic touch to an everyday outfit and still remains plenty practical.
3. Vintage Specs
The vintage inspired aesthetics have been making its way into fashion, interior design and electronics for a number of years now. What was dubbed as "not cool" since the 70's and 80's, has turned into a retro charm that's modern, with a whole heap of cool vibes to go with it. Vintage specs are part of the trend that sees stylish alternatives to the fashion fads that were once pushed aside.
These accessories are designed to unleash your inner nerd in a casual, groovy way and make a fun addition to a cool weekend outfit. It's also a super cost-effective fashion trend to transform your look.
Tip: Embracing glasses for fashion adds a stylish look to even the most basic outfits. Create that sophisticated street style look with a pair of chic, traditional vintage specs. Go for big for the ultra-nerdy but sexy appeal, or find something that frames your face perfectly for a more streamlined approach.
4. Wide Wrap Belts
Bigger is always better and thus, there's no denying the beauty of this year's big wrap belts to add to your collection. These wrap belts are great for accentuating your figure because they hug the waste in a universally flattering way. Go wide, wider or widest and wrap these trendy numbers around the waist to create that hourglass shape or break up a long torso. Wide wrap belts come in multiple styles to mix and match with any outfit that craves the definition of a natural waistline or some bling around your hips.
Tip: Wrap a wide belt around a dress to cinch in the waist. The belt helps to draw the eye in and gives character to any outfit. Not sure how to wear a wide belt based on the shape of your torso?
5. Lace-Up Boots
Lace-up boots have always showcased an extreme case of sexy. But boots for when the weather gets warmer in spring and summer? Yes! Summer boots, especially the heeled and lace-up styles, have dominated this season's accessorising game. Not to mention, they're super comfy! This trend makes a playful addition to your shoe collection and can be styled for a night out in town or a casual but stylish work-friendly attire.
Tip: To get the summer look, opt for white lace-up boots. Pair lace-up boots with a floaty summer dress for that bohemian festival vibe. For a lust-worthy look, go with lace-up mid-calf boots.
The right fashion accessories have the power to transform your outfits and elevate your style to new, extraordinary levels. Look for pieces that stand out on their own as statement accessories, but can still be made unique for your style this season.