Ah fashion, it don’t half move at a pace of knots. No sooner has that shiny new purchase moved in and made itself at home in your wardrobe than it goes and loses its well, shine, and you start wanting shiny new things all over again.
Trust me, we’re all on the same material merry-go-around together folks.
So what’s the trick to getting your fashion fix without splashing the cash on a whole new outfit? The answer is clever extras that are going to dicky up dresses, jazz up jeans and tee combos and make whatever else you might throw at ‘em look brand spanking new again.
And what would you know but we’ve gone and created a gallery of just those bits ‘n’ bobs. You’re welcome!
The prematurely middle aged Pippa Middleton looking frumpy in ballet pumps while presenter Alexa Chung adds the fun factor to her plain outfit with palm tree- embossed slippers.
Bin those smelly ballet pumps immediately because there is a new kid on the block. All the coolest celebs (Alexa Chung, here’s looking at you kid) have been stepping out in slippers and the high street has cottoned on too with a plethora of styles in the forthcoming autumn/winter collections.
While ballet pumps look twee worn with floral frocks and prissy when paired with cropped trousers this flat footwear gives both an IT girl edge. Nab this monochrome pair from none other than mammy haunt Marks and Spencer for €53.
This pretty canvas tote bag (left) is €18.50 from HJDStudio on Etsy.com
Swap your cotton summer shopper for a timeless tote. There is more than just a bang of designer Sophie Hulme’s particular brand of sleek sophistication off this River Island number (middle). I’m banking that as it’s autumn/winter stock it won’t be in shops for a few weeks but once it hits down it won’t be hanging around. This chic bag will set you back a not unreasonable €120 and check out the real deal in an old Harvey Nichols ad. It’s near identical, no?
Chunky chandelier earrings (left), €18, from old reliable, Accessorize
While earrings of the chandelier ilk will always have a place in our jewellery box we’re excited to announce the arrival of a new eye-catching accessory, the ear cuff. Fashion houses Chanel and Rodarte kicked off the trend a few seasons ago to much street style fanfare. This ASOS design (right) is quirky yet subtle plus you’ll get change from a tenner for this style steal. Snap up yours for 530 cents - or for those in the audience who are bad at maths, that’s €5.30.
Berlin shoe, €71.
This circular gobstopper is from & Other Stories but since they don’t deliver here it doesn’t really matter how much it cost cos you won’t be havin’ it anyway. Sob. I’m crying for both of us. These heavily adorned fingers belong to the owner of gorge New York boutique Catbird. Don’t forget you heard it here first. Pic credit: unruly-things.com
Is the cocktail ring going to go the way of the dinosaur? Hardly. But dainty jewellery has gained momentum in fashion circles and now the way to wear all your little bits of bling is to load up your digits with as many as you can. I’ve put together my fantasy list of rings. These (4) antiqued sterling silver, 9ct yellow gold and 9ct rose gold hexagon rings are the most expensive of the bunch at £120 a piece from English label Laura Lee Jewellery. But what can I say, I’m a sucker for stars. Next up is this (3) sweet eternity ring in 9ct gold by Natasha Sterling at Coldlilies. I love the mixed metal of this (1) small heart design by Daisy Jewellery that at £37 is pretty good value. And lastly a (2) cheap ‘n’ cheerful piece from Topshop that's around €8. Sold!
We’ll always heart aviators and Ray-Ban rule the roost when it comes to the brand worth stumping up the cash for, but right now we’re buzzing’ about the round shape that’s currently in favour. Even though this style isn’t new per se as it harks back to a Sixties heyday, we think it looks modern, fresh and oh-so lustworthy. These glitter sunnies are from high street heavyweight Topshop and will cost ya €27 smackers.