Shopping For Must-Have Summer Accessories

Spring is here, and so our thoughts are turning to our Summer wardrobes. While you probably don’t want to go out and buy a whole new summer wardrobe, there are plenty of pretty and stylish accessories that will update your look. Here are some of the key summer fashion accessory trends that you might want to add to your look this year.

Mobile Phone Cases

Even in times when we are not using our handbags, we are never without our mobile phones. They have become a new fashion accessory, and so our mobile phone cases are very important and a real harbinger of our personal style. CG Mobile, who are stockists of great iPhone 12 pro case and other phone accessories have the perfect range of Karl Lagerfeld hard cases with liquid glitter that are both stylish and fun. The Choupette case, named for Karl’s legendary cat. is also fabulous. You can also find similarly decorative cases for Android phones.

Flowers in Hair

An easy and beautiful way to add a touch of summer to your outfit is by wearing flowers in your hair. For everyday errands like running to the supermarket or grabbing lunch with your kids, tuck a blossom from your garden behind your ear. If you are going to a fancier event like a wedding, or ladies day, check out the gorgeous floral hair accessories from FTD, like the Flowers ‘n’ Frills Hair Décor. This accessory is technically in the bridal section of the company’s website, but it can definitely be worn by anyone who is looking to add some color to her hairdo. Flowers like orange spray roses, pink hyacinth and mini green hydrangea are attached to an accent hair clip, which is easy to place in an up-do or braid.

A Lightweight Scarf

A terrific way to add some needed color to your outfit is with a lightweight and colorful scarf. Dress up your T-shirt and shorts by wrapping one around your neck. A bonus: a light scarf will keep the chill away in highly air-conditioned places like movie theaters and restaurants. You can also use colorful scarves as belts and as sarongs at the pool. When choosing summer scarves, steer clear of heavy materials and opt for cotton or silk.

Clip on a Cuff

Arm and ear cuffs are all the rage this summer according to InStyle. For the arm cuffs, you can either wear them dangling from your wrist or clinch them higher up on your arm. ShopBop sells a nice assortment of arm cuffs including a thin curved cuff that looks like a railroad spike. Floral cuffs are another great option that will dress up a sundress or even just a plain T-shirt and jeans. If you are bored with wearing the same old earrings every day, give your ears an updated summer look with ear cuffs; the clip on cuffs will make it look like you have multiple piercings.

Put on a Floppy Hat

When you are looking for an affordable and fun summertime accessory, look no further than a big floppy hat. The hat will keep the sun and its damaging UV rays off your face, and you can wear it to the pool, park or shops, quite literally anywhere. Nordstrom sells a nice selection of wide brim hats in a variety of colours. To make your hat look even more feminine, wrap one of your lightweight scarves around it, or on windy days at the beach use the scarf as a tie.

Stack Friendship Bracelets

Relive your childhood and make some friendship bracelets with an adult twist. Instead of tying dozens of knots in thread, follow the instructions on The Craft and crochet some colourful bracelets. All that you need is embroidery thread and a small crochet hook. Once you have created some bracelets, stack them up on your wrists and voila — you will have added a dash of summertime fun to your arm.

 

5 Simple Ways to Make a Fashion Statement

 

Most people want to be fashionable by dressing up in daringly bold outfits, but they do not always succeed in making a statement. Some people claim that true fashion stars in making a relaxed approach to styling oneself. Keeping your style simple and relaxed will give you a bit more edge than everyone else, making you stand out, and, if you keep an eye on sites like Black Friday Universe, you will always find the best buys for your money. Below are 5 simple ways to make a fashion statement:

  1. Get the boyfriend look

Men’s style is cool, easy and relaxed. You can choose your style from his wardrobe without spending a dime. Choose your outfits from his tees, jeans, button-down shirts, blazers, chunky gold watch, belt and even sweaters.  Trade those ballet flats with and make a statement in loafers or you could try timberland boots, brogues or oxfords, adding a new and unique glam to your style.  However, do not overdo the boyfriend look. You can always tone down the masculine look by adding some feminine touches with pink accessories, handbags, heels and blouses.

 

  1.    Revisit the past

Make a fashion statement by going vintage. Inspiration from past fashion fads will make a great difference to your wardrobe. The 1950’s, often referred to as ’era of conservatism’, has a good deal of fashion ideas you can borrow. For example, clad in poodle skirts, and add style with the right accessories. Bill Blass designer jeans are worn for a more casual and practical style and accessorized with unique cat-eye glasses and/or a chain.


In the 1960’s, the youth found their own style, and their fashion sense dominated the US. Women began to wear miniskirts and hot pants with go-go boots. You can try this fashion, and modernize it with accessories such as beaded jewels. You can also choose to be unique, and bring back the 1970’s style. The long flowing floral dresses and skirts and the colourful tie-dyed t-shirts will be a good addition to your wardrobe.

The Kimono, another fashion trend that dates back to the 5th century, has made a huge comeback. The satin kimono short robe is very popular and comes in different colours, patterns, and styles. There’s nothing that makes a better fashion statement than donning your satin kimono robe, for your morning routines or night out.

  1.    Add up sunglasses, timeless hats and other accessories

If you feel that you struggle with fashion and trends, then let your accessories do the talking. Classic pieces like the plain white tee, the cigarette pants, the skinny jeans, the beige trench coat, all can be elevated by the accessories you chose – a great watch, a statement necklace, a jaunty silk scarf, a designer bag. You can keep your clothes neutral and still stand out.

  1. Wear confidence and dress in trends that suit your body type

As long as you dress according to your body type, you will pull off any fashion trend and become outstanding. Dressing to your size and shape will extenuate your body figure, highlight your features and boost your confidence. The fit-and-flare dress, for example, is very versatile, charming and flattering on any body size and shape. In fashion, nothing beats having inner confidence. You do not need to follow any rules, but you need to believe in your personal style.

  1.    Colour swapping and blocking

A simple colour swap will undoubtedly make you outstanding. For example, white is a great accent for a deep dark tan, and add sex-appeal to the “colourless”. So, in a sea of little black dresses, stand out by donning your little white dress instead. Swapping the summery pinks to Autumn burgundies, and summer green to emerald will also make a statement. Colours such as navy blue and burgundy blend well with other shades, and they make you stand out.

Colour blocking is fun and can change your wardrobe to a fashion den. You can choose to wear two or more colours that blend. Navy, nude and white can be worn together in an interesting way.

In conclusion, many people find keeping up with fashion trends overwhelming. However, by sticking to the simple ways mentioned above you will always make a fashion statement, yet at the same time feel comfortable and unique.

Accessorize Bullring Shouts Out To Spring

February 28th 2018 will go down as one of the coldest nights in living memory. The mercury reached the depths of -6.5 degrees in Birmingham, it was literally freezing, not really a night to be out in. But the Accessorize store in the Bullring was warm, especially when a group of bloggers were invited for a lock in, complete with gorgeous fashion and accessories, Parma Violet gin and nibbles. Clearly this was worth braving the cold for.

The idea of the evening was to give style and fashion bloggers an opportunity to get up close to the latest Spring collections, and to do a little bit of styling too, looking specifically at looks for Spring and gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Accessorize is a treasure trove of riches, with so many fabulous pieces in store that you can often lose track of just what is on your mental shopping list. This was a chance to really enjoy the collections without the Saturday crowds.

I really enjoyed the fun of the challenges to style pieces for the new season and Mother’s Day. It was an opportunity to see which looks worked together, matching the colours and textures. There were prizes up for grabs, and I was really pleased that my Mother’s Day idea was one of the winners, leaving me to choose a bag and a pair of earrings of my choice – a real lovely treat.

My mother’s Day look

Accessorize is full of beautiful accessories for Spring, it really feels like after the dreadful weather of what seemed to be a never ending Winter, we now need that splash of brightness and warmth in our wardrobes. If we don’t feel like we can cope with too much colour in our wardrobes, we can certainly do it through our accessories.

Here are a few more pieces that took my eye.

It was a lovely night of fashion. Big thanks to the Ting and the Brum Bloggers for the Invitation.