Leaf Greener in cat ears, All Over Press.
The 10 most unexpected accessories
It’s not all plain quilted handbags with a chain strap and simple black stilettos – fashion is full of quirky, wacky accessories, and here, we round up our top ten favourites.
10. THE VEILED BEANIE
It’s an unlikely mash-up: the laidback cosy beanie hat with a net veil more suited to a classic pillbox. But when they come together, the resulting veiled beanie is a fashion hit, a mysterious and yet very modern option for the girl who wishes to hide a little, but not too much.
9. CAT EARS
Not just for costume parties and fancy dress! Headbands with cat or bunny ears are a popular street style accouterment for the more feline-minded fashion fan, like Leaf Greener above.
8. THE OLYMPIA LE TAN BOOK BAG
They’re the must-have bag for girls-about-town: the embroidered renderings of favourite first edition books by designer Olympia Le Tan that open up like clutches. Super limited editions in felt and silk thread make these the dream quirky accessories for surprising style.
7. THE CHANEL HULA-HOOP BAG
A cynic might say that this truly unexpected accessory is really just to shock on the runway. But Chanel’s S/S 2013 madcap hula-hoop bag was a hit off the runway, too, albeit in a smaller version. Karl Lagerfeld said that the original round prototype was the perfect bag for the beach, since “you can put it into the sand and hang things on it.”
On paper it’s a fashion dream, the best of both worlds: the height of your highest heels, but the comfort of your favourite sneakers. And yet the flatform trend is a divisive one. Either way, the 90s shoe has become a favourite of cool girls who like a little unforeseen on their feet.
5. THE CANE
Maybe we are more used to seeing them used as a geriatric walking aid, but the traditional cane makes for a stylish accessory, too – see Madonna, who often uses them after dance injuries, working hers into a more masculine dandy look for an unexpected red carpet alternative.
4. THE ASHISH PLASTIC BAG
From afar you might mistake it for any old plastic bag, but Ashish’s sequined Coke tote bag combines corner shop with disco glam. It’s got that look-twice appeal, and its ironic charm brings any outfit down to earth.
3. SOCKS AND SANDALS
Surely it’s the biggest fashion faux pas?! Apparently not, at least according to street style mavens and tastemakers. Socks and sandals, when done right, can be totally trendy – think block colours or gleaming whites paired with strappy, chunky high-heeled sandals.
2. THE EYE-PATCH
Singer Gabrielle brought the eye-patch off the pirate ship and into common parlance in the 1990s, when she chose one to cover her eye condition. And it wasn’t just a gimmick – the glamorous diva turned the patch into an essential part of her stage wardrobe.
1. POOL SLIDES
Definitely the unlikeliest trend to be picked up by the glitterati, the humble pool slide flopped into fashion consciousness thanks to a revival by designers like Christopher Kane and Phoebe Philo. The sporty summer shoe became a favourite alternative to strappy sandals, and their so-uncool-it’s-cool factor gives them added It-shoe status, to everyone’s surprise.