Disappointing as the weather has been this summer, there are some things that the season can’t deny us.
For one thing, this year’s Olympics can’t be rained off by irritating British drizzle – they’re in Rio after all! For another, the Spring/Summer 2016 shows totally have our backs. Unlike eye-wateringly short skirts and off-the-shoulder blouses, the precision of accessories that the designers showed last September are pièces des resistances that can be employed whatever the weather decides to do.
Below are my five favourite updates.
Knot My Problem
Belting came in multiple intricate and exciting materials and shapes this season – even rope was on the cards. Though different in every conceivable way, this theme did have one thing in common: a knotted finish. Loop your belt into a bow or tuck the end through the loop for an intriguing update.
Sock it to Me
It’s been a very long time since ruddy-faced holidaymakers with beer bellies monopolised the socks/sandal combo. This season, wear yours with your favourite pair of heels – and don’t shy away from glitter, stripes or sheer!
Perhaps the cheapest and easiest accessory update of the season comes in the form of a (preferably black) length of ribbon. Pick up a piece from your nearest Paperchase and tie it at your neck for a Gucci-esque geek-chic re-invigoration of your look.
Fashion’s comfort revolution continues. Jump on the bandwagon with the kind of ease a pair of stilettos just couldn’t give you and grab a pair for yourself. A clean white pair may seem impractical, but they go with absolutely everything – much like their beat-up cousin, the Converse. Elsewhere, wacky one-offs like these Ashish shoes are blazing a trail: fashionistas apply within.
Neck of the Woods
Favourite of Air Hostesses worldwide, the neckerchief has re-emerged in a big way for summer. Choose a diaphanous scarf in silk or sheer and go wild with print and colour, then throw caution to the wind, knotting it any which way. Also great for wearing on your wrist, ankle or in your hair.