At the start of each season, we are bombarded with images and stories of what’s hot and what’s not. While this kind of marketing works on the die hard fashionistas, it isn’t quite as practical for everyday life. We all want to look current and stylish, but it isn’t realistic to throw out an entire wardrobe and buy new pieces each season. Fall 18 is upon us. Instead of focusing on all must-have clothing pieces, we want to highlight a few key fashion accessories which will help you look cool and current without reinventing your closet.

Fall ’18 Runways

The Fall 18 runways showed bags of various textures, colors and shapes, but the one which had the biggest appeal was the oversized tote. Recently, smaller bags have dominated the market, but this season, designers seemed to head in a different direction.  Former Spice Girl turned designer, Victoria Beckham, joked her bag was so large she could fit her four children in them. Extra roomy carry-alls were also shown at Hermes, Fendi, Alexander Mcqueen, and Loewe. We love these kind of bags. The only downside might be a long search for your keys or wallet. If the size isn’t right for you, another key trend in bags was the box shape. One of our favorites featured a wide strap and gold hardware by Negris Lebrum.

 
White after Labor Day? Faux pas no more. There was plenty of white on the runways this season, but most notably on the feet. It wasn’t winter white, cream, or off-white. It was stark white. Perhaps, this collective consciousness is a nod to global warming or more specifically, seasonal dressing is becoming outdated. New York designers Jason Wu and Tory Burch both showed beautiful and wearable versions of the trend. Burch’s white patent-leather bootie has become ubiquitous with the fashion editors. This little bootie works with many of the clothing trends this season, as well. The other major shoe trend was the cowboy boot. While many may find this hard to adapt into their own style, designers have carefully updated the look into a more modern and chic silhouette. If you are the type who needs the most current shoe, this is it. We saw cowboy boots with heels at Paco Rabanne, snakeskin at Saint Laurent, bedazzled by Dolce & Gabbana, and silver knee highs at Altuzarra.  

 

Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry this season, it is safe to say, bigger is better. It seemed like every designer got the same memo. From earrings, necklaces to cuffs. Everything was oversized and over-blinged in gold. This trend carried over seamlessly from the runways to reality. What woman doesn’t look great in black dress with statement earrings? But if you really want to make a statement at this years’s Christmas party, try exaggerated shapes from Tom Ford or Zadig and Voltaire. Don’t let your lobes take all of the attention, though. There was a lot of going on with wrists as well: large cuff bracelets and bangles. And, it wasn’t just one style or theme. Cuffs were shown in leather, gold, lucite, and and silver. In this case, the more the merrier. Stack up the arm for a bolder look.
 
For the past few seasons, oversized dresses and shirts have dominated retail. This seasons, designers wanted women to show off their curves and figures. We saw belts. Cinching the waist with a belt is the easiest way to create the illusion of an hour glass figure.  Put a belt on over a flirty dress, oversized shirt, cardigan or blazer and you have transformed your look. There were many versions of the belt, but the stand-out pieces were the traditional mid-size belt with an intricate buckle. A new belt is a great way to update an old piece in your wardrobe.
 
These are just a few of the key trends of the upcoming Fall season. There were others such as colorful gloves, silk scarves and animal prints, but the last piece on which we want to focus is the leather headband featured at Tom Ford. This one is $390, but for a more accessible version head over to Etsy  where you can find various colors for $50.  We love this look. It can be a fun and chic way to keep you looking cool when you are having a bad hair day.

 

Accessories

Accessories are a great way to take a risk on seasonal trends without breaking the bank. Accessories are also a way to try out a trend without committing to pretentious fashion. They are certainly a way to experiment. Most truly stylish people don’t follow the pages of Vogue or try to copy something they saw on Instagram. Style is personal. What looks good on you and what makes you the best version of yourself is what’s going to make people say, “Oh, she’s really stylish!” If you experiment and take risks, you are bound to make discoveries. Then you will feel proud of both your inner and outer beauty.
 

 
PHOTOS:
Cowboy boots: vogue.com
Chandelier/Tassel Earrings: dailymail.co.uk
Belts: Glowsly.com
Leather Headband: maneaddicts.com
Box Bag: Cosmopolitan.com
Oversized Tote: Forward.com
White Bootie: Toryburch.com

 

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