The demand for fashion accessories has never been higher. Despite the economic implications of the pandemic, people are investing in fashion accessories like handbags, footwear, and sunglasses, among other items. And not only are new, environmentally-friendly accessories in vogue, but the secondary market filled with vintage accessories from heritage brands is hotter than it’s ever been. Here are three accessory trends for 2022 that can put the exclamation point on your outfit.
Handbags, Totes, and Purses
As people begin to return to their offices following a long period of remote work, they’re buying new bags to tote all their gear and look fabulous at the same time. Large tote bags from designers like Chanel, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Givenchy, and more are taking the place of more sedate briefcases and technology-focused bags. Many workers are not excited about returning to their offices, but a new, boldly-colored or patterned tote bag certainly makes the journey more fun.
Another type of bag that’s catching on with busy professionals is the “bag celet” or a bag that wraps around your wrist like a bracelet. It’s easy to wear and keeps your hands free for other activities. Plus, you can keep your belongings on your person at all times, which adds an element of security. Like the crossbody bag of the 2010s, the bag celet is a candidate to be the must-have accessory of the 2020s. Designers that are on the forefront of this trend include Fendy, Loewe, and Y/Project.
Sustainable and Chunky Footwear
Sustainability is a major buzzword these days, but for the younger generations, it’s more than that. It’s a way of life. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Maison Margiela, Gabriela Hearst, and Loewe have debuted shoes that are either made from sustainable materials like mushrooms, cork, and lactae hevea or are biodegradable that can actually be planted and grown into flowers after they’ve been worn down or will break down entirely, leaving no footprint behind (no pun intended).
Chunky platform shoes are bringing back shades of the 1970s and the higher they are, the better. These retro-inspired shoes come in all colors, shapes, and heel sizes, with Versace, Marni, Moschino, Simone Rosha, Saint Laurent, Del Core, ERL, Rick Owens and other designers leading the way. While these shoes can’t be planted, they are certainly quirky and fun. You’ll feel like you stepped back into a KISS music video when you strap your platforms on your feet, and who wouldn’t want to star in a rock video?
Sunglasses seem to always be the final touch of any outfit, and this year, bug-eyed is the “it” style. Balenciaga, Prada, and Acne Studios have all introduced large-lense sunglasses that accentuate the cheek bones and make you look years younger. Get them in black (Balenciaga), white (Acne Studios), or silver (Prada) and you’ll always have a pair of fashionable sunglasses to match your outfit. They are perfect with a casual sundress, a sharp business suit, or a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.
His and Her
His and her accessories are hot right now too. Get matching watches, sunglasses, belt buckles, and hats. In fact, matching ball caps worn backwards make for a wonderful photograph (think facing away from the camera, but turning your matching heads to each other for a kiss). Color- coordinated shoes and jackets can really stand out in formal photographs as well.
If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your wardrobe without buying all new outfits, try one of these accessory trends. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how a small change can make a huge difference!