The Accessories You Need for a Beach Weekend

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Summer is now beginning to draw to a close, meaning that if you were looking to get away to the beach for a weekend, now is the time to plan it. From sunglasses to a waterproof phone case, these are the accessories that you should not forget to pack.

Waterproof Phone Case
Water is everywhere at the beach, and even if you do not plan on taking your phone into the sea with you, you should still consider some extra protection for it. A protective waterproof phone case will not only ensure that your phone stays dry, but it will also prevent any sand or dirt from entering it, leaving you free to use your phone throughout the weekend without having to worry about causing any damage.

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A Beach Bag
A beach bag is absolutely essential to tote all of your belongings around in, but you need to ensure that this properly fastens up, so that your bag will not end up filled with sand. A bag that has separate compartments will always be useful, especially if you are carrying valuables, and you should also try to opt for one that has been crafted from a waterproof material.

Sunglasses
The skin around your eyes is much more delicate than that on the rest of your face, which is why this is often the first area to show signs of wrinkles and fine lines. Since the sun is responsible for up to 90% of facial wrinkles, sunglasses are one of the best ways to protect your eye area from the damaging effects of the sun. Make sure that your sunglasses are UV blocking, and opt for a wraparound style if you want extra protection on the sides of your face.

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A Sarong
While you will likely be wearing swimwear throughout the weekend, there will always come times when you need to cover up, and a sarong is perfect for this. This is one of the most versatile items of clothing out there, as it can be used in so many ways. Whether you wrap it into a dress or a skirt, or use it as a beach blanket, this is an accessory that you will definitely want by your side, and it will also not take up too much room in your luggage.

Flat Sandals
If you are planning a night out on the town, you may want to pack a pair of heels, but, during the day, nothing beats a pair of quality flat sandals. These match with just about everything, and you could even opt for a pair that features elaborate beading or leather straps if you want them to take on a dressier edge. Sandals can also easily fit into just about any beach bag, meaning that you can conveniently swap them for another pair of shoes if you need to.

Deciding what to pack for a beach weekend can be difficult, as you do not want to overpack, but you also do not want to leave anything important behind. From your sunglasses to your sandals, make sure that all of these items have a place in your luggage before you set off.

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Vintage Accessories Are Making a Comeback

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The vintage trend has been around for quite a few seasons now, and while it used to be mainly focussed on clothing, so many brands have now given their accessories a vintage makeover. From corsets to sunglasses, here are a few of the must-have vintage accessories for this summer.

Vintage Glasses
While it is usually vintage sunglasses that are seen on the runway, normal reading glasses have now also been given a vintage makeover, and are being seen as quite the accessory. Clear lens aviators are the way to go, and will really add a retro vibe to your look.

Corsets
Not only are corsets stylishly retro, but they also do so much to enhance the figure, while slimming down the waist and really giving you that hourglass shape. Do not feel as though you need to dress a corset up, as designers have been styling them in so many different ways. From worn underneath a button-down shirt to worn over a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, adding a corset to your outfit will really help it to make a statement.

Straw Hats
Breathable and lightweight, straw hats have been a wardrobe staple in hot countries for centuries, but these styles have been making a huge comeback, and would be the perfect addition to your summer closet. While the wide-brimmed floppy sun hat may have had its moment last summer, this year milliners are trying to set new boundaries with their designs, coming up with eclectic and contemporary styles. From twisted brims to grommets and lacing, straw hats will work well with just about any summer outfit.

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Chokers
While the 90’s may not really be considered to be vintage, chokers are a trend that should not be ignored. These began to make their comeback in 2016, but, instead of dying down in popularity this year, are continuing full steam ahead. Rather than the minimalist chokers of last year, this summer sees chokers that are bold and statement-making, with an emphasis on DIY styles that really showcase their wearer’s personality.

Vintage-Inspired Bags
For those who want to try out the vintage trend but in a more subtle way, a vintage-inspired bag is always a safe bet. Just about every designer will have one of these, such as the Giant Envelope Shoulder Bag from Balenciaga, which is made from a gorgeous white leather. The Salvatore Ferragamo Vintage Vara Bow 2 Way Handbag is also worth considering if you are looking for something for the daytime, as is the Prada Vintage Bowler Tote Bag. The latter is in a striking red and white color, with decorative perforations and round top handles, exuding a sporty yet luxurious feel. Of course, a classic vintage Chanel backpack is also great for the day, and is a fantastic bag to travel with, as it is large enough for you to cart around any bulky belongings.

Vintage accessories are a great way to add a retro edge to your look, without having to make too much of an investment. From a versatile straw hat to a pair of stylish vintage glasses, these accessories are each worth considering.

Different Ways to Wear the Off-Shoulder Look

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A shoulder-baring top is a feminine style that never gets old, and is back in full force for this summer. For those of you who need some inspiration for new ways to style an off-shoulder look, here are some ideas to consider.

Wear it to Work
While an off-shoulder top is not usually something that would be deemed appropriate for the office, there are ways in which you can style it to make it completely work-friendly. A buttoned-down off-shoulder top still gives off that professional edge, especially when paired with tailored black trousers and heels. Throw a blazer over the top if you need some extra coverage, but keep your accessories to a minimum.

Play with Proportions
Voluminous off-shoulder tops are always fun to wear, as they create such interesting silhouettes. However, in order to ensure that your figure does not get drowned out, you need to ensure that you pair a voluminous top with fitted bottoms, as this will also really enhance your bare shoulders.

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The Bohemian Look
Off-shoulder tops lend themselves perfectly to a bohemian vibe, and this can be really played up depending on what you style your top with. If you have an off-shoulder crop top, try wearing this with some high-waisted shorts, as well as a floppy hat and a choker. Keep your hair loose and wavy, completing the look with a pair of retro sunglasses.

Chilly Days
The off-shoulder style is not something that you need to only save for warm weather days, as it works well when it is layered with other clothing too. If you are experiencing quite a chilly summer’s day, try wearing an off-shoulder top with some high-waisted jeans and boots, throwing a cardigan or light jacket over the top.

Transform a Regular Tee
If you would like to try out the off-shoulder look without having to make a significant investment in your wardrobe, there are ways in which you can transform a regular t-shirt into a stylish off-shoulder top. Simply tie it at the hem on one side, so that the other side ends up gently falling off your shoulder. This can be paired with a high-waisted skirt or just a pair of jeans, for a casual, carefree look.

Tuck It In
When off-shoulder tops are tucked in, this creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette. Whether you tuck it into a skirt, shorts or jeans, this really modernizes just about any off-shoulder top, while giving your outfit a smarter appeal.

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Don’t Forget About Accessories
With your shoulders being left bare, do not forget to add in a few accessories, as off-shoulder garments are perfect for this. Whether you opt for long, shoulder-grazing earrings, or multiple necklaces, this is a great opportunity to showcase your favorite items of jewelry.

Off-shoulder styles are so on trend for this season, and are actually extremely versatile. Whether you wear it to work or save it for casual weekends, try experimenting with the off-shoulder clothes that you already own, as you are likely to be able to create multiple new looks from this.

Choosing the Perfect Statement Earrings

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Statement earrings are on trend for this summer, but choosing the perfect pair can be tricky. Not only do you need to take your hair style and face shape into consideration, but the earrings should also show off your own personal sense of style.

Face Shape
To begin with, you need to first identify what your face shape is, whether this may be oval, oblong, or triangle-shaped, and there are a number of guides online to help you with this. Those with a longer face shape will tend to suit lengthy drop or dangling earrings best, as this accentuates the shape of the face, rather than working against it. From shoulder dusters to large hoops, there are so many options available to you. For those with a shorter face shape, short and high statement earrings will be the most flattering, so make sure that they do not fall below the chin. Wider face shapes with prominent cheekbones can get away with just about any style of statement earring, so feel free to experiment with all that is out there.

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Hair Style
When it comes to those with long hair, your statement earrings should always be quite long and dramatic, otherwise they will just end up getting lost in your hair. Earrings with some movement, such as tassel earrings, will move with your hair, resulting in a gorgeous, flowing look. Those who have short hair should opt for shorter earrings, such as statement earrings that are just on the ear lobe itself. These can be anything from colorful buttons to large baroque pearl clips, but be sure to also keep your face shape in mind. While it can be hard to merge the styles that would suit both your face shape and hair style, the extra effort that you put into this will be more than worth it, as you will no doubt end up with earrings that really flatter your face.

Personal Style
Everybody’s personal style is unique, and, with so many different options out there for statement earrings, you are bound to be able to find something that you will really fall in love with. For those who like bold and sassy looks, just about every pair of statement earrings are like this, while those who prefer a more demure look can opt for a stiletto style statement earring, or even dramatic studs or styles that feature lace. You should also take into account the outfits that you plan to wear these earrings with, as your accessories should always work with your clothes. When wearing statement earrings, you will want to keep the rest of your outfit relatively simple, so that your earrings can really stand out and speak for themselves. Your other accessories should also be kept to a minimum, otherwise your overall look will just appear too over-the-top and messy.

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Everyone with fashion know-how will be sporting statement earrings this summer, as they are set to be one of the hugest trends this year. Whether you opt for dangling tassels or bold, dramatic studs, these tips should help you to choose the perfect pair of earrings for you.

Add These Accessories to Your Summer Wardrobe

Now that summer is on its way, this is a great excuse to splurge a little and invest in some seasonal accessories. From chokers to giant earrings, here are a few accessories that are right on trend for this summer.

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Oversized Earrings
Oversized earrings are going to be all the rage this summer, and the Spring Summer 2017 runways were definitely proof of this. The earrings seen were heavy and large, sometimes featuring jewels and sometimes featuring bold, graphic details. For those who prefer sparkling gems, check out the earrings from Gucci and Alexander McQueen, while the cugg earrings from Delpozo are bright and extremely spring-worthy. Of course, feminine earrings never go amiss, and some great versions of this can be found at Dsquared2, where the earrings feature everything from ribbon bows to hearts and lips.

Ankle Bracelets
While those who have quite a bohemian personal style are likely to already own a couple of ankle bracelets, this is an accessory that will become much more mainstream this summer. These are the perfect way to decorate your feet after a long winter of keeping them wrapped up, and work well whether you are barefoot on a beach or wearing sandals in a city. Lanvin took this trend even further by promoting tasselled ankle bracelets on both feet, while Attico has some lush, velvety anklets that feature stylish buckles. For a more elegant touch, take a look at the collection from Fenty x Puma, where you will find delicate pearl strands.

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Statement Belts
Many summer outfits tend to be quite simple, and a statement belt is a great way to jazz this up. For those who want to add an edgy attitude to their outfit, the leather punk belts from Alexander McQueen would be a great addition to your wardrobe, while Custo Barcelona, Bibhu Mohapatra and Carven have some more feminine, delicate, bejewelled options available. To take their statement belts even further, many designers even styled them by tying them into a knot, which really transforms the whole outfit.

Multiple Rings
You likely already own a number of rings, and wearing these with multiple other rings is a great way to do things a little differently. Try this in a few different ways, from subtly, with just a couple of rings on each hand, to extravagantly, with bejewelled rings on all five fingers, which is something that has been seen recently at Gucci.

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Chokers
Chokers were huge in the 90’s, and have been making quite the comeback in recent seasons. If you have not yet purchased a choker, thinking that they are likely to go back out of style soon, think again, as these seductive accessories are set to stick around this year. To really emulate spring, opt for bright, seasonal colors, or for the delicate, fragile chokers from Christian Dior, as well as Coach 1941.

Even if you do not plan on updating your wardrobe much this year in terms of clothing, new accessories will still be able to transform your outfits. From a statement belt to a seductive choker, these are some items that are definitely worth adding to your closet this year.

Great Ideas for Supplementing Your Capsule Wardrobe

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A capsule wardrobe consists of a collection of essential items that will not go out of style, and can feature everything from pants and skirts to shirts and jackets. While the whole point of a capsule wardrobe is to put together a selection of classic, timeless pieces, you can still supplement these with seasonal items throughout the year to keep your wardrobe fresh and interesting.

Trendy Accessories
When putting together your capsule wardrobe, it is likely that you tried to avoid incorporating trendy pieces, as these are usually not at all timeless. However, staying in touch with current trends is a great way to keep your outfits looking young and fresh, so do not be afraid of supplementing your capsule wardrobe with a few trendy items each season. Accessories are usually the easiest way to do this, as they will not detract from the essence of your wardrobe, meaning that you can go as bold and bright as you want to. From stylish handbags to statement jewelry, feel free to really experiment when it comes to accessories.

Added Texture
If you are seeking a few new pieces to round out what you already have in your wardrobe, paying attention to texture is a great way to ensure one-of-a-kind looks. If the majority of your wardrobe is filled with silks and other soft, fine fabrics, think about adding an edgy leather jacket to this, while those who have a wardrobe that consists of plenty of ruffles and other textured details may want to go in the other direction, opting for minimal, relaxed items instead.

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Color Palettes
You likely already have a color palette for your capsule wardrobe, as this is essential to provide cohesiveness, but there is no reason why your color palette cannot change with the seasons. From the florals and corals of spring to the greens and pinks of summer to the muted neutrals of fall and winter, switching up your color palette each season will make it much easier to find new supplementary pieces that will work well with the rest of the clothes that you already own.

Quality Over Quantity
When you have a small, capsule wardrobe, it can be easy to get carried away while out on a shopping trip, as you know that you will physically be able to fit several new garments into your closet. However, as tempting as the fast fashion stores all around you may be, it is always worthwhile to opt for a few high quality items of clothing rather than multiple cheaper ones, as these will last for much longer, which is essential when it comes to a capsule wardrobe.

Capsule wardrobes are not a new concept, with the term first being coined in the 70’s by Donna Karan, but they have definitely experienced quite the buzz in recent years. While refining your wardrobe down to under 50 pieces may seem like quite the challenge, knowing how, and when, to supplement this with additional seasonal items will ensure that the outfits that you put together always look stylish and current.

What to Tuck in Your Weekend Travel Bag

Packing for a weekend trip can be tricky, because while you do want to travel as light as possible, there are also likely to be many items that you want to bring along. No matter where you may be headed to for your weekend getaway, here are a few tips on what to tuck into your weekend travel bag.

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A Selection of Accessories
While the clothing that you pack does depend on the destination that you are going to be visiting, it is probable that you will still need to stick to the basics, bringing along only outfits that you know for a fact that you will wear. However, in order to jazz up what may have otherwise been a slightly lackluster outfit, you need to have a selection of accessories to choose from. These do not take up much space in a travel bag, and can quickly add a pop of color, or some sparkle, to any outfit.

Dry Shampoo
Instead of having to squeeze in a shampoo, conditioner and other hair styling products, a small dry shampoo can easily replace these. This will also mean that you will not need to wash your hair during your weekend away, saving yourself some extra time to make the most of your destination.

Foldable Flats
You are likely to be able to manage with just one pair of shoes over the weekend, but if you feel the need for a spare pair, some foldable flats are perfect. These will not only take up a minimum amount of space, but can also be worn with just about any outfit, making them extremely versatile.

An All-In-One Charger
If you are someone that tends to bring along a number of electronics when travelling, from your cellphone to your tablet to your digital camera, then investing in an all-in-one charger can really help to save space, as well as plenty of hassle. These are easily available and enable you to charge all of your electronics with a single device, meaning that you do not have to worry about packing cables for each one.

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Sun Protection
Sun protection is absolutely essential throughout the year, and unless you intend on spending your weekend in a dark, underground location, you need to pack a few sun protection items in your weekend bag. Not only should you bring along a small, travel-sized sunscreen, but a pair of sunglasses, as well as a sun hat, may also come in handy.

Travel-Sized Toiletries
Rather than packing your standard toiletries in your weekend bag, swap these for travel-sized versions, as they will take up far less space. Whether this be your toothpaste, moisturizer, serum or shaving gel, travel-sized products are always useful for a weekend getaway.

It can be all-too-tempting to try to squeeze in as much as you can for a weekend trip away, but having to carry around a heavy and bulky bag is never enjoyable. Instead, try to downsize as much as possible, from your toiletries to your chargers, so that you only need to take the bare essentials with you.

Chic Accessories for a Holiday Formal

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Accessories can really make or break an outfit, so, for a holiday formal, you really want to make sure that your accessories are on point. From a stylish smart watch to help you count calories to bold, varnished brass earrings, these chic accessories each promise to inject your outfit with a powerful dose of style.

Poppy Petal Earrings, Celine
When it comes to earrings for a holiday formal, many tend to go down the route of extravagance and sparkle, but, if the rest of your outfit is quite statement-making, it is best to keep your earrings relatively minimal. The simple yet stunning Poppy Petal Earrings from Celine have been created from a beautiful varnished brass, and their deep red shade is perfectly in-keeping with the festive season.

Q Smartwatch, Fossil
One of the most popular accessories out there is the watch, and while smartwatches have not been exceptionally stylish up until now, the sleek Q Smartwatch from Fossil is set to change this. These beautiful watches are crafted from refined steel and boast classic leather accents, along with high-tech touchscreen displays, and are ideal for those who are trying to eat healthily during the holidays, as they will do everything from track your steps to count your calories.

Rien ne se Fait sans Amour, Agnes B
Rien ne se Fait sans Amour, which means “nothing can be done without love” in English, is the title of the latest accessories collection from designer Agnes B. Each one of these exquisite pieces would be perfectly suited to a holiday formal, as they have been created from red gold and rose gold, resulting in luxurious yet sleek and sophisticated pieces.

Woman in heelsPax Heels, Kate Spade
If your holiday formal involves a night of dancing, then you need to pay careful attention to the shoes that you wear. While needle-thin stilettos might be your go-to pair, these are likely to become uncomfortable during the evening, and will prevent you from really enjoying yourself. To ensure that you really will be able to dance the night away while rocking a pair of heels, invest in a pair of the Pax Heels from Kate Spade, which feature thick, stacked heels for added comfort, but which are also encrusted in sparkling stones for a perfect festive flair.

Double T Bag, Tod’s
The deep red Double T Bag from Tod’s is the ideal color for the holidays, and is an evening bag that will allow you to remain hands-free during the night, which is always a bonus at a holiday formal. This cross-body style features a chain and leather strap that gives the bag quite an edgy feel, and these can also be extended or shortened so that they can work with just about any outfit.

These high fashion accessories are all perfect for a holiday formal, no matter what the rest of your outfit may look like. From the chic and minimal Celine earrings to the sparkly but practical Kate Spade heels, each of these pieces exude a sense of modern style.

Minimalist Yet Fashionable

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It is all too easy to end up with a closet overflowing with items that you hardly wear, and this clutter is never going to be helpful in life. The best way to counter this is to try dressing in more of a minimalist style, playing with color, texture and design to put together looks that are still chic and sophisticated.

Classic Staples Rather Than Trends
Fashion trends come and go, and are likely to be the main reason as to why your wardrobe contains so many unworn items. Rather than falling whim to the tempting new trends that make an appearance each season, invest in six to ten classic staple pieces, in neutral shades, that will be able to form the base of your looks. Items such as a white cotton shirt, a black dress, some classic jeans and a black jacket are all ideal, and, if you do still want to partake in the latest trends, you can still do this with your accessories instead.

Trendy Accessories
As mentioned above, dressing in a minimalist style does not mean that you have to completely forgo the season’s trends. Accessories are a great way to give an outfit a different look, whether this may be with a scarf, a bag, or jewelry.

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Experiment with Silhouettes
Having fewer clothes in your wardrobe to choose from, with the clothes that you do have being quite cohesive, means that you can really experiment when it comes to creating new silhouettes. If you usually opt for tight fitting outfits, try incorporating a draped and artfully oversized piece into your look, and vice versa.

Choose a Focal Point
Some minimalist outfits can seem quite boring, and this is because they do not have a clear focal point. Choosing a focal point will go a long way in making your outfit seem compelling and intriguing, and will add a layer of much-needed complexity. In addition to doing this with accessories, you can also pick garments that have special design details, such as a full pleated skirt paired with a basic fitted t-shirt, or a statement jacket paired with a simple dress.

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Pay Attention to Fit
Many people find that their weight fluctuates over time, and the best way to ensure that your minimalist wardrobe will contain enough clothes that fit you at one time is by investing in a number of pieces made from jersey or other forgiving fabrics. When purchasing dresses or other garments for special occasions, try to opt for styles that will fit you if you lose or gain a small amount of weight, so that you need not worry about splurging on a new dress if your weight changes.

Many people tend to worry that they would get bored with a minimalist wardrobe, but, if you appreciate fine fabrics, intriguing silhouettes and proportions, and classic clothes, minimalism is something that you should try. While it may take some dedication to cut your wardrobe down, opting for quality over quantity, and versatility over trends, will serve you well in the long run.

What’s New in Handbags This Fall

With every new season comes gorgeous new accessories, and the handbag trends for this fall are definitely exciting. From backpacks designed to be carried by hand to convenient but classic cross-body satchels, these handbags are a great way to update your wardrobe this fall.

Hand-Carried Backpacks
While backpacks were originally intended to be carried on the back, designers have been creating pieces with such stunning top handles that they deserve to be carried by hand, meaning that you will not even notice the missing back straps. From the glimmering metallic backpacks by Lanvin to the leopard print and monogrammed versions at Louis Vuitton, these bags will complement just about any fall outfit.

Cross-Body Satchels
A cross-body satchel is one of those classic accessories that everybody should have in their wardrobe. This season sees the timeless book-bag really take off, with satchels of every size, shape and color hitting the runways. While there may be a few avant-garde styles out there, a vintage-style satchel made from a soft buttery leather is guaranteed to stand the test of time.

Guitar Straps
Handbag straps have been getting quite the makeover this season, with some of the hottest latest bags featuring wide, embellished guitar straps instead of standard conventional straps. These bags guarantee to make a statement, whether you opt for the styles from Valentino, Prada or Fendi.

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Layering Multiple Bags
Layering garments is the norm during the fall and winter months, but layering handbags is a new trend that is predicted to hit the streets in a big way this season. Whether you want to add some extra color to your outfit, or simply have more essentials to pack than what will fit in a single handbag, make the most of this trend and layer a couple of handbags together.

Fanny Packs
Fanny packs have never been considered to be at the height of fashion, but it would seem as though this is now starting to change. There is no denying the convenience that comes with wearing a fanny pack and being completely hands free, whether this means that you can ride around on a bike or simply have extra hands to carry shopping begs. 3.1 Phillip Lim is where you will find military-inspired fanny packs shaped like saddle bags, while the fanny packs from Elie Saab are crocheted in black, and look exquisitely delicate. The styling of fanny packs this season is perhaps what has helped make them more contemporary, as many designers, such as Chanel and Undercover, opted to fasten the fanny pack onto a belt or the hips of pants, rather than having a strap that wraps around the waist.

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Metallics
Metallics are always coming and going in fashion, and this season they are back again in handbags. These shimmery designs promise to add a powerful element to any outfit, from the gold-pleated numbers at Loewe to the rainbow effect bags from Louis Vuitton.

A statement handbag is a great way to liven up an outfit, and always adds an interesting focal point. Whether you opt for a handbag that features a funky guitar strap or a vintage-inspired satchel bag, this season is the perfect time to invest in a beautiful new accessory.