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
Photo: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.
2. Ballet Class
Photo: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.
3. Something Silver
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.
4. Boot Up
Photo: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.
5. Coming Up Roses
Photo: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.
6. Tights Please
Photo: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.