The top 5 accessories fashion insiders are coveting now - that won't break the bank...

Originally published on Into The Fold Magazine

 From left: Balenciaga, Poppy Lissiman, Miu Miu

From left: Balenciaga, Poppy Lissiman, Miu Miu

The good news is, it’s March, which means the month of frugality post-Christmas has come to a much anticipated end. The days are getting longer, flowers are materialising (sartorial and seasonal) and, slowly but surely, we are once again able to afford a little more than just a £5.99 t-shirt from the dregs of the Zara sale. If you, like me, have an agonising penchant for shoes, sunglasses or any other vestiary items, then January is depressing due to lack of clothes, not lack of sunlight. So how does one overcome this annual fashion deficit? The answer, my friends, is accessories – cheap ones, to be exact. And how fitting that this year, it is accessories that the fashion world is coveting over clothes. These are the big ones…


Don’t call it a comeback, this surprisingly chic headwear has been bubbling under the surface since 1992 and now it’s back with a vengeance – embellished, pearly, velvet. Seen on a myriad of fashion insiders from Leandra Medine to our very own editor Camilla Ackley, this trend is going to be big in 2018. Girls like you and I presumably cannot afford Miu Miu’s pearl Alice band at £240 (if you can, want to grab me one too?) so I recommend this multipack of padded velvet headbands from Amazon. We love a good bargain at Into the Fold, and at £8.99 for the pack, it’d be rude not to jump on the bandwagon.


 Banana clips at Alexander Wang AW18

Banana clips at Alexander Wang AW18

On the subject of 90s headgear, the scrunchie has returned. Again, velvet is the most popular choice, with tartan coming in at a strong second. Fashion insider Courtney Trop championed the return of the schoolgirl trend, which then made its official debut in Balenciaga’s Resort 2018 collection. I love the chicness of an Evita-esque black silk scrunchie paired with a tight, low bun, red lips and a pair of gold hoop earrings – but recently, I’ve found myself veering towards this ravey, metallic number from Topshop.


I recently purchased a pair of bright red Poppy Lissiman knock-offs from an Amsterdam-based brand, having seen the originals perched on the noses of Bella Hadid and Model of the Year, Adwoa Aboah. After careful consideration, I realised this fleeting trend might not be worth investing £71 in, so I opted for the £25 version from Blank, which immediately edged-up my wardrobe. At LFW, I paired them with an otherwise mediocre outfit and (blowing my own trumpet here) was consequently asked by several street style photographers for a picture. I think that says it all.


Towards the end of last year, everyone from Versace to Ashley Williams was doing embellished hair grips, while Alexander Wang made a splash at NYFW earlier this month with the return of the banana clip. As someone who is in the process of growing out a fringe, I couldn’t be happier. Though I’d love to go for Simone Rocha’s £75 bridal-chic, pearly hair grips, I must remind myself I have no pending wedding through which to justify such a lavish expense. Instead, these funky, metallic zig-zags from ASOS will do the trick at £5.


From street to catwalk, hosiery is having a moment. In streetwear, girls are pairing basketball socks with 90s kitten heels a la Miu Miu, and in high-fashion its all about Balenciaga’s chainmail detail tights, and more so Gucci’s diamante stockings. Danish blogger Emily Sindlev demonstrates the notion that coloured tights are no longer just for little girls, and Pernille Teisbaek has been trailblazing the return of the 80s stocking/stiletto combo. For the affordable answer, you can head to Monki or good old Amazon, but I’m particularly infatuated by Happy Socks latest collection titled ‘Hysteria’, which perfectly describes my reaction upon discovering them.



...amidst a blizzard.

  From left  AW18 Calvin Klein, Matty Bovan, Nicopanda & Moschino

From left AW18 Calvin Klein, Matty Bovan, Nicopanda & Moschino

In times such as these, people should be glad that designers show their collections a season premature. What's usually considered a nuisance - the fashion world scoff at the fact autumn/winter collections are shown when spring is in bloom - is, for once, rather handy outfit inspo. Snow in March? Expect that, we did not.  My iPhone tells me it feels like -10 degrees (which means it is -10 degrees) and I haven't left my house for 3 days, because the last time I did, I slid on black ice in front of people. As for London, a city whose transport system can barely cope with a light drizzle of rain, it is in a state of chaos because SNOW IS ACTUALLY LYING ON THE GROUND, so the trains have stopped and most of us are unable to go anywhere, therefore remaining indoors wearing onesies and 'working' from home. 


But what to do if you actually have to go somewhere? Scrap that, what to wear?


 Image: Jonathan Daniel Price for VOGUE

Image: Jonathan Daniel Price for VOGUE

Well, thankfully, snow is not the only thing that has been blown in by gale force Eastern winds. Once reserved for soldiers of the Crimean War, Balaclavas have made a timely comeback. When ever were they 'in', you ask - other than with hooligans, or children sick with mumps in the 1960s? Probably a valid point. Nonetheless, they have graced every catwalk from Gucci to Calvin Klein at New York, London and Milan this fashion month, and all of a sudden they seem quite cool - no pun intended. 

At Matty Bovan, balaclavas appeared in houndstooth knit, while Gucci's were a sort of Harry-Potter-meets-Middle-East turban/balaclava infusion. Chanel had their own offering which was more like one of those plastic rain caps your grandmother used to wear, and Calvin Klein's were alarmingly dystopian, accompanied by high-vis orange jumpsuits fit for the apocalypse. If you must brave the blizzard this March, I recommend you take advantage of this bold, yet functional trend. Dive into your mother's hat basket (they all have one) and dig out the first balaclava you find. If you can jazz it up with a glitzy brooch, or a bouquet of helium balloons, even better. 

And what of the outerwear? Dressing for the cold need no longer be dreary and black. Not anymore! At Burberry, rainbows ruled the runway as Christopher Bailey paid homage to the LGBTQ community in his last collection for the fashion house. Rainbow outerwear also made an appearance at Versace, Dior and notably Fyodor Golan, who looked to old school Swiss skiwear for inspiration. Thus, good news! We can still look forward to wearing colour this spring, just not, you know, in the usual format of florals and light layers. This body-warmer would be more fitting.

But if hooligan-chic or pride warrior is not your bag, for something a little more classic, you might try Jeremy Scott's 'Blue in the Face Jackie O' look, which can be achieved simply by stepping outdoors.