The thing that the catwalk shows brought us about accessories for this year is that big and bold is beautiful. If you like to make your own style statements, you’ll love this year’s trend of accessories that embrace a bit of weirdness and a touch of eccentricity. If you want the perfect finishing touches for this year’s outfits, get your shopping list ready …
1. Corset Belts
Up until now, corset belts like these have been something that you see on the runway but never on the streets, but this is all set to change in 2017 with lots of fashion houses pushing them in their new collections. A corset belt can really transform an outfit from regular to memorable, and gives your figure an instant shape boost.
If you’re not feeling quite confident enough to make a huge corset belt statement just yet, then a great way to get into the look is through this smaller, more unassuming design from Halogen.
$39.00 at shop.nordstrom.com
2. Knotted Belts
Staying on the belt theme, another big look for 2017 is the knotted belt. The added texture that a knotted belt can give to your outfit is a simple and effective way to elevate it in terms of fashion. Long gone are the days of having to choose between a boring black belt or a boring brown belt. They have now become an essential part of a signature look!
If you want to take the ‘knotted’ belt look to a whole other level, then why not try this brilliant handmade leather wrap belt by Ada in a fetching black and taupe combo.
$92.00 at shop.nordstrom.com
3. Highlighted Belts
Rather than being simply something that helps to keep your trousers or skirt in place, belts are now seen by all fashionistas as vital statement pieces. From oversized buckles to embellished harnesses and everything in between, the aim is for your belt to steal all the attention!
This design by B-Low The Belt is exactly the kind of thing we’re talking about: two bold buckles that are effortlessly fashionable. The ornate nature of the buckles gives a classy feel, but there is also something fun about the design, almost a cowboy theme!
$148 at shop.nordstrom.com
4. Skinny Scarves
Skinny scarves are back in a big way in 2017. Granted, they aren’t going to be of much use to you if you are looking for something that will keep you protected against the elements, but if fashion is your key concern, then a designer skinny scarf will keep you pretty much on trend for the entire year. The great thing about them is that they are versatile through all the seasons.
Feed your passion for fashion animal prints with this skinny cheetah print scarf. Whether you’re a wild child or a pussycat, this will fly off the shelf into your basket faster than the animal it steals its print from.
$24.00 at shop.nordstrom.com
5. Striped Socks
Athleisure is back in a big way in 2017, and a really simple way to inject some of that flavor into your wardrobe is by wearing striped socks. A simple striped sock rising up over a simple sneaker can look really fashionable as well being completely functional for all day wear. Isn’t it great when current trends actually benefit your life rather than inconveniencing your comfort!?
There is no need to overdo it when it comes to the classic striped sock. This subtle design from Smartwool is perfectly suitable for keeping you on trend!
$24.95 at shop.nordstrom.com
6. Socks/Tights with Sandals
This look is definitely a little bit out there, and it might seem like it goes against everything you have ever been taught about sandals and about fashion in general, but hey, what is fashion is not a tad unpredictable!? The socks/sandals combination has historically been regarded as a faux pas, but in 2017, fashionistas have decided that it’s time to reclaim the look!
When it comes to achieving this look, you may as well go big or go home! But if you’re not sure you can carry off a clashing combo how about pairing those gorgeous feather tights with another of the big trends this year, silver boots.
$24.00 at shop.nordstrom.com
7. Funky Gloves
While smart, demure gloves used to be the order of the day, the tables have definitely turned in 2017 with a preference for brightly coloured, frilled, sometimes even embellished designs. It kind of makes sense when you think about it, after all, your hands are a part of your body that is always on display. Why not make them a signature part of your outfit?
Nothing makes a statement like studs! If you want to really treat yourself, then buy a pair of these stunning Valentino Rockstud leather gloves. They’ll certainly make an impact!
$625 at shop.nordstrom.com
8. Matching Accessories to Your Outfit
Of course, everybody has always made an effort to make their accessories match with their outfit in a general sense, but in 2017 the bar has been risen and more focus is being paid on matching exact colors, patterns and motifs to turn your overall look into a pleasing display of head to toe symmetry.
It’s a safe bet that everybody has a lot of black in their wardrobe, so a great place to start would be to match the colour up with a great, stylish hat just like the Piper Floppy Wool Hat from Brixton.
$58 at nord.imgix.net
Are you ready to go fierce with your accessories?
As Clairie Belcher says in Steel Magnolias – “The only thing that separates is from the animals is our ability to accessorize”.