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Top Accessory Trends for 2016


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HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and hope all the resolutions, diets, exercise routines and ‘New Year…New Me’ practices are all going well! I’ve started ok on the whole ‘I-need-to-shift-the-excess-Christmas-weight’ regime but I can’t see it lasting ha ha! I’m always so motivated for the first few weeks of January….then the bad habits start to slowly creep back… know….I’ll just have one chocolate biscuit with my cuppa….then two… thing you know….the whole packet has been consumed!  Anyway….life’s too short to worry about all of that! On a different note……we have more important things to discuss for 2016……namely….what we all will be buying and wearing!

So, lets start Gingham and Sparkle off for 2016 talking about all things ‘accessories’! Anyone who knows me, knows that I am accessory mad! I always have been…….so much so in a previous job…..I was known as ‘Accessory Queen’! I never felt my outfit was complete unless all of my accessories were ‘on-point’! And as they say…..’Accessories can make or break an outfit’.

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I’m a great believer that accessories can totally change up an outfit, take you from day to night and there is so much fun to be had with them.  So, on that point……lets see what we’ll be buying and wearing this year and the top accessory trends for Spring/Summer 2016 as forecast by the experts………….

First up………Statement Earrings (a.k.a. Shoulder Dusters)

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Oscar De La Renta SS2016

One of the biggest accessory and jewellery trends to hit the 2016 runways is the return of the statement earring. They could be seen everywhere from Oscar De La Renta, Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana amongst others.  Perfect to add that dramatic effect to a classic LBD or even a pair of jeans! If you would like to channel your inner Beyoncé…..then this is the trend for you.  They are the easiest way to dress up any outfit to take your from day-to-night and definitely can add that ‘wow’ factor

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Dolce and Gabbana SS2016

Of course, the Hight Street is awash with all types of statement earrings so they are very easily accessible and affordable. Here’s a couple I’ve spotted and vetting at the moment…….I’m looking forward to being ‘Beyoncé-fied’ ha ha!

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Johnny Loves Rosie Eris Statement earrings – love these – buy here on ASOS

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Forever 21 Thread-Tassel Drop Earrings – buy heretopshop-statement-drop-earrrings-fluffy-black-accessories-accessorize-gingham and sparkle-blog-trends-forcast-2016-blog-post-high street-shopping-new-fashion-style


These are not exactly ‘door-knocker’ earrings but there’s something quite cute and quirky about them and I’ve seen quite a few of them ‘knocking around’ (pardon the pun) on the High Street. Buy them here.

Next Up: Wicker/Straw Bags

When one thinks of wicker/straw bags……..picnics, beach and summer all come to mind.  So what better accessory to have for next summer than a cute straw/wicker basket like bag. SOLD! Now this is one trend in which I will be investing in as I love all things quirky and kitsch and these versatile bags can be used with a casual outfit for daytime along with a dressy nighttime outfit for those long summer nights.  Also…..a key item to bring on your holidays! Soooo excited to get my hand on one of these must have bags for Spring/Summer 2016!


How cute is this bag from Kate Spade!!! #need


Classic style from Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini

I think this is the perfect Spring/Summer bag to get you through the sunny (hopefully!!) season and these High Street beauts tick all the right boxes!


How cute is this Dorothy Perkins Embroidered Straw Clutch – available soon – see here


I recently stumbled across this fab company called Sicily Bag who make these gorgeous individual one-of-a-kind hand-crafted straw bags in Palermo, Sicily! How fab is this! You can have a look and purchase here

Next……Hair Accessories

Erm……this is one trend I’m not sure of…….the jewelled head-bands as seen at Chanel and hair combs and slides at Marc Jacobs – I love!!!! BUT……tiara’s? Any mums of daughters will be with me on this one……unless you are playing Princess ‘dress-up’ or re-inacting a scene from Sophia the First or in fact…..royalty like the Duchess of Cambridge……this one is NOT for me! In saying that, any girls in their teens and twenties can get away with the cute tiaras and I think these will be huge hit this summer at all the various festivals.  The jewelled hair accessories I can do and will be buying as I’ve always been a fan of embellishment on the hair…..just not the princess crown jewels ha, ha!


Tiara’s at Yves Saint Laurent SS2016


Hair Jewels at Marc Jacobs SS2016

As usual the High Street is inundated with these accessories – here’s a couple you can browse at which I found when trawling the online stores – ASOS have by far the best selection and in particular the brand – Love Rocks.


Ok I’ve added this one from ASOS for a bit of fun and as its £285 – its not exactly cheap! –  Buy here


This ASOS Gold Leaf Haircrown is actually quite cute and more reasonably priced at £15 – buy here

Asos hair drape

How fab is this ASOS Love Rocks Flower & Rhinestone Hair Drape – perfect for summer, holidays and festivals – buy here


This is also super-cute and from Love Rocks and would look amazing on a bride, bridesmaid or guests for a summer wedding – buy here

Another one to watch out for and a blast from the past – Chokers

Without disclosing my age ,I can actually remember wearing chokers back in the 90’s! In fact, I seem to remember ‘tattoo-style’ stretch chokers being very popular! Well……now they are back and back with a fashionable up-to-date bang.  Everyone from Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Versace, Christopher Kane, Valentino and Versace showcased the new up-to-date choker on the runway so you know this trend is one that will be everywhere for Spring Summer 2016.


Jewelled choker Lanvin S2016


Strutting the choker down the runway at Louis Vuitton

Already all the High Street stores are beginning to stock this trend for the Spring/Summer season so you will be able to have your pick of whatever particular style of choker you like.  Here’s a couple I’ve come across which are fab.


I love this ASOS Limited Edition Bow Choker Necklace….sooo super cute, quite subtle and a steal at £6 – buy here


Also love this ASOS Limited Edition Dome Stud Choker Necklace – buy here


Now this is what you call a statement choker – this beautiful River Island Gold Tone Statement Choker would be gorgeous on its own but also amazing worn with a white shirt – buy here


This embellished rhinestone Topshop Marquisite Link Choker is so pretty and definitely has that glam factor – buy here

Finally…..The Printed Bag

From stripes at Prada and Stella McCartney to graphic prints at Lanvin and Giambattista Valli…….the new ‘IT’ bags scream attitude for Spring/Summer 2016.  I love my bags so this is one trend that I will be seriously coveting!


Red and white stripes at Dolce and Gabbana Spring Summer 2016


Colourful prints at Chanel for Spring/Summer 2016

9-the-row-print-bag Brown and cream flower prints at The Row Spring/Summer 2016 (love this)

Here’s a couple from the High Street and more affordable on-trend, ‘purse’ friendly (again…the pun…sorry – couldn’t help it ha, ha) options.


Ticking all the right boxes is this River Island Pink Stripe Boxy Tote Handbag – buy here


Loving the Moroccan feel to this From St Xavier Across Body Bag – the perfect summer accessory and would look fab with a white dress – buy here


Love the structure and quality of this Ted Baker Cosmic Bloom Leather tote bag – buy here

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So thats it…….a sneak preview into what you will be seeing and buying for Spring/Summer 2016.  A lot of the shops still have their Autumn/Winter stock in store at the moment and sales are still continuing, so in a couple of weeks – the Spring trends and colours should start appearing which is always a welcome relief from the dark winter shades.

Again….thank you for stopping by my blog.  Let me know in the comments what accessories and trends you will be buying and most importantly…..remember…………


Happy Shopping

Irene xoxo

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