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.

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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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.


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 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.

Charlotte Beecham

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A British designer that has recently been making waves in the industry, Charlotte Beecham is the founder and creative director of Charlotte Simone, an accessories brand that has been worn by the likes of Alexa Chung, Kendall Jenner and Olivia Palermo. While Beecham may have graduated from NYU, she now lives and works in London, and has managed to quickly make quite the name for herself amongst the fashion elite.

The Fur Hood
The ultimate in winter accessories, the fur hood is one of Beecham’s signature designs and has helped significantly in establishing her brand. Bringing together a scarf and a hood, the fur hood is still one of the most sought after pieces from the Charlotte Simone collections, and is, without a doubt, one of her best sellers, as it is not only ultra stylish, but also comfortable and warm, appealing to both mature women as well as young girls.

Reinventing the Scarf
While Charlotte Simone produces a range of different accessories, scarves are what fascinate Beecham the most, with the designer striving to reinvent this humble accessory. Aware of the fact that the scarf market was relatively untapped, Beecham brought together different knits, furs and woven fabrics to create truly one-of-a-kind scarves. One of the reasons for the incredible success of Beecham’s scarves is the way in which they are so versatile, working perfectly for both day and night, and easy to style in just about any ensemble.

Charlotte Simone Outerwear
This year, Beecham took her first foray into outerwear, producing a capsule collection that beautifully represented the aesthetics of her brand. With five different shapes and five different colors, the collection may be Beecham’s first attempt at ready-to-wear, but her work is already in high demand. With fun and fluffy accessories being the focus of this British designer, it will be interesting to see exactly how Beecham develops her outerwear line in the next few years.

Charlotte Simone and Kyle De’Volle Bags
As part of the Charlotte Simone Autumn Winter ’14 collection, Beecham collaborated with designer Kyle De’Volle, resulting in the Bon Bon Bag in four different colors. Created entirely out of shaggy shearling, the bag is fluffy and fun and adds a unique yet stylish element to just about any outfit. Again, this was Beecham’s first attempt at designing and creating bags, and while the designer did find certain parts of the process quite challenging, the resulting bags are some of her personal favorites out of all of her creations. While Beecham may have immensely enjoyed the bag-designing process, and will be continuing to expand into other fluffy accessories, the designer will be keeping her focus primarily on scarves, as this is what she wants her brand to be known for.

Charlotte Beecham’s fun and innovative creations are the perfect representation of quirky and eccentric British fashion. The success that this London designer has already witnessed is most definitely impressive, and it will be exciting to see what this talented designer produces in the next few years.