6 Major Accessory Trends You'll Want to Bookmark For Autumn 2023

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, accessories are magical things. There's no point in debating the subject. I won't be told otherwise. What else has the power to elevate a basic jeans-and-T-shirt outfit like a piece of jewellery or, indeed, boasts the ability to make a dress work for day or night like a well-chosen shoe? Accessories unlock more outfit potential in a way clothes simply cannot, and in my book, that makes them magic. 

Assuming we're in agreement, I thought it might be of interest to talk you through the biggest accessory trends 2023 has to offer, as seen on the spring runways. The new designer collections are always the first place I look for accessory inspo for the year ahead, and there's a distinct balance in playfulness and timelessness.

Sitting alongside frou frou corsages, for instance, is the handbag trend I know every minimalist will want to and absolutely should be coveting. This season is going to be a tale of two aesthetics—from pared-back classics to OTT maximalists—and the accessories on show will absolutely reflect that. All you need to do is choose your player, and let the games begin... Scroll on to see the very best way to set this year off with a stylish start.

1. Clutch Control


(Image credit: Courtesy of Jil Sander)

Style Notes: Although the fashion industry has been enjoying playing with micro bags for the past few seasons, for 2023, the saying "bigger is better" definitely applies. Clutches of an almost impractical size featured heavily in the collections of arm-candy heavyweights Jil Sander, Miu Miu and Simone Rocha, so they've got official backing. As for us? A stylish bag that fits not only our whole make-up bag for upcoming party season? Consider us influenced.

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2. Ballet Class


(Image credit: Courtesy of Simone Rocha)

Style Notes: Ballet shoes were absolutely one of last. year's most in-demand shoe trends thanks in no small part to Miu Miu, whose satin ballerinas have been a hit with the Instagram style set. For 2023, the obsession continues with luxe velvet, pretty metallics and practical but chic Parisian style at it's very best. 

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3. Something Silver


(Image credit: Courtesy 3.1 Phillip Lim)

Style Notes: After years of yellow gold tones reigning the jewellery scene, with rose gold briefly stealing the show, now it's time to embrace all things silver once more. Chunky silver necklaces, earrings and bangles adorned models during countless spring/summer runways, and I'm already seeing the ripple effects hit the market. FYI mixing of metals also highly encouraged. 

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4. Boot Up


(Image credit: Courtesy Bottega Veneta)

Style Notes: Autumn is incoming so that can only mean one thing, boots and we for one can't wait. From sock-like knee high boots, slouchy suede to chunky flat riding-esque boots, this is one accessory that is firmly back on our radar. Wear now with bare legs and come winter just add tights.

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5. Coming Up Roses


(Image credit: Courtesy of Paul & Joe)

Style Notes: If you want your outfits to look more current in two seconds flat, I have the solution: Stick a corsage on it! Worn by way of jewellery, belts and brooches at Emporio Armani, Valentino and Miu Miu, this is 2023's prettiest accessory trend by far. 

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6. Tights Please


(Image credit: Courtesy of Victoria Beckham)

Style Notes: Now we are not talking about your basic black opaque here, get ready to embrace a pair of statement making tights. Fancy and fun, designers have well and truuly embraced hosiery this season. See Victoria Beckham who teamed elegant tailoring with black fishnets. For a more out-there option try bright colour, such as those seen at Gucci and David Koma.

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This piece was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.