It's an unspoken sartorial rule that accessories have the power to make – or break – an outfit. While we've often been led to think otherwise, the finishing touches are just as crucial as the main event. Although we're only a month into 2021, the spring summer season provided a very telling indication of the accessory trends to come, and unsurprisingly, the fashion set are already beginning to follow through.
One thing that's for certain is that OTT has developed a new meaning; and it has taken form in the accessory trends of 2021. Shifting the narrative, the must-have pieces of the year treat accessories as essential rather than optional additions – capitalising on functionality, nostalgic trends and playfulness. The perfect lust-worthy formula to secure a position on our wishlists. We make our case, below.
We always say we should be drinking more water, so maybe a cute designer iteration of our boring black drink bottle may inspire further hydration? Even if it doesn't, we're all about the drink bottle accessory trend. Somehow, carrying around a water bottle makes us feel 'adult like' – plus, who could say no to that rattan Fendi cover or a Givenchy bottle on a lanyard.
Elevate your shoe game
Image credits: Bottega Veneta, Simone Rocha, AMBUSH, Jacquemus
A little bit 90s, and a whole lot of 'dad sandal of 2021' vibes, this year, fashion is taking our shoe game to new heights, with the return of the platform sandal. In retrospect, this accessory trend isn't all that surprising, but we're here for it nonetheless. Full-throttle nostalgia, Simone Rocha's romantic iteration pulls on our heartstrings, while Jacquemus's platform thong sandal channels all-day comfort.
Nets and knits
Image credits: Bottega Veneta
Like with anything luxury house Bottega Veneta does, once they set a trend, it's sure to stick. Their ode to knitwear in spring summer 21 is no exception, seen throughout the collection in both accessories and ready to wear. The Veneta inspired handle and sorbet shades make this trend even more irresistible – so naturally, we'll take one in every colour.
Pick up the phone
Image credits: Maison Valentino, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton
Circling back to the celebration of functionality, what is more functional in the digital landscape of 2021 than an easily accessible and equally chic lanyard phone case? With brands delivery tech-focused iterations of their signature handbags, being constantly glued to your screen has never felt more fashion forward.