It’s amazing how small elements can have a major impact. From a large pair of gold earrings to a bold and colorful scarf, accessories can totally transform your outfit. As fashion month came to a close, we observed the fashion-goers and their street style to find the hottest new styles. While classic silhouettes rule supreme, this season, it’s about experimenting with color and textures and referencing trends from decades past. Prepare your wishlist – here are the top accessory trends from Spring/Summer 2023 fashion weeks.
1. Balaclava Hats
Balaclavas are coming off the alps and into everyday wear. If you love making a statement and want to keep yourself warm during freezing months, this snug accessory could be your new best friend. This stylish and functional headwear will keep your head and neck nice and toasty, plus you can create a unique ensemble that is sure to turn heads. Usually made from wool or cashmere, you can match it with the rest of your outfit. Popular choices include complementary and neutral tones like brown, gray, or black – this can be worn with almost anything. But if you prefer a touch of spice, try something that is bright and clashes with everything else, such as red and pink. Rock it with a coat or sweater, and prepare to feel like a film star.
2. Black Knee High Socks
Calling all Clueless fans, the knee socks are officially making a comeback. This ’90s staple is a great way to spice up an outfit, especially during the transitional season when your legs require extra protection, but it’s too warm for stockings. Worn with mini skirts and dresses, pull the fabric up to your knee and let the rest of your skin show. You can wear these with platform heels or Mary Janes à la Cher Horowitz, or try it with sling-back kitten heels or chunky boots. Don’t listen to the fashion police – be brave and experiment with colorful footwear. You don’t have to wear plain black socks, either – try a printed fabric or something with a different colored thread.
3. Chunky Stripe Pop Color Scarf
Who said colorful clothes were reserved for warmer months? This season, we’re switching the dark and neutral shades for something dopamine-boosting. These chunky and snuggly scarves are packed with vibrant stripes in pop colors – blue, green, orange, yellow, and pink – the brighter, the better! Wear these with complimentary hues, either in a monochrome or a duo-chrome outfit. Keep the fabric oversized so you can wrap it around your head, neck, and shoulders, keeping you warm and oh-so-fashionable.
4. Cream White Frame Sunglasses
It’s time to bring out your white sunglasses because they’re back in trend for the season. These white-hot frames are a great way to brighten up your outfit, no matter how colorful the rest of your ensemble is. Keep it minimal in the true late ’90s style. If you want to channel your inner Paris Hilton, try something oversized with dark lenses – this is a modern interpretation of the style Pierre Cardin championed in the Space Age of the ’60s. Whether you love the fashion from the ’60s, ’90s, or Y2K, there’s a style that is sure to speak to you. Don’t be afraid to try stark white, but if you prefer subtlety in your closet, lean into neutral shades such as cream or beige.
5. Fluffy Bucket Hats
This divisive trend isn’t reserved for summer anymore. It’s time to upgrade your winter headwear by adding a bucket hat completely covered in faux fur. This adventurous update to chilly accessories is a great way to add fun to your outfit, and thanks to its versatility, you can wear it with almost anything and look effortlessly chic. For an everyday look, try white, black, or brown to match with neutral and dark hues. But if you want to go all out, we recommend trying pink or blue – you can wear it with brown, black, white, red, and everything in between. Avoid wearing too much jewelry with this headwear – the piece stands alone and looks fantastic as is.
6. Fluro Green Bags
It’s a trend that never truly goes away and finds itself in different forms each season. The neon handbag is making a comeback this fall, from street style to the runway. Designers like Diesel, Balenciaga, and JW Anderson have leaned into the trend, giving us vibrant new ways to rock the green shade. Fluro makes the biggest impact when paired with black but also works well with shades you may not consider, like red, yellow, and white. While we’ve seen plenty of micro bags over the last few years, you can soon expect to see these fun accessories in larger sizes, too – keep an eye out.