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The accessory edit – buy now and wear all year

Accessories for now that’ll see you through the rest of 2022? We’ve got the scoop…

Written by Jenny Brownlees
Published 08.02.2022

Nothing beats that giddy ‘first outing with a new bag in tow’ feeling – accessories really can be the talking point of an outfit. Whether it’s shoes, sunnies, a handbag or hair accessory, these pieces not only fine-tune a look, but are a great, non-commital way to try the latest trends.

Changing up your footwear or handbag is perfect for this transitional period of late winter/early spring, when then weather is still cool. And when it comes to stand-out style, the devil really is in the details.

So, if you’re looking for a wardrobe update without investing in a brand new outfit, the following buys are the essential accessories for 2022.

Badass Bandanas

Buy now and not only will you be donning this trending headwear for the rest of winter, you’ll still be sporting the style through to 2022’s summer season. Spied on the runway at Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Dior and Versace (to name just a few), you’ll be seeing bandanas all over your Instagram feed soon, trust us.

We also spotted these silk scarves all over the streets of Copenhagen Fashion Week last year, and you know the Scandi set are always on the money when it comes to upcoming trends.

Add an accent to your outfit with H&M’s cream version, or go patterned with Rock n Rose’s twill style. From sultry silk to cool cotton, there’s an abundance of textures and colours to suit everyone. If you don’t feel like braving the trend as headwear, try adding one of the below styles as a neck scarf, loop and knot through a belt or add it to the handle of your favourite bag.

H&M – Silk Head Scarf – £17.99

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ASOS DESIGN – polysatin medium headscarf in cow print – now £7.20

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Rock n Rose – Hazel Scarf – £12.00

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COS – Silk bandana – £59.00

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Quilt me up, baby

On the A/W 21 runways, it wasn’t just Chanel’s iconic quilted bags that showcased this texture trend – Dolce and Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Fendi all offset their outfits with puffy pieces. Whether you opt for a handbag, belt, shoes or boots in the style, feel safe in the knowledge that the accessory of choice will add an A+ stamp to even the most simplistic of outfits.

Russell and Bromley’s military boots are an investment that you’ll wear for seasons to come. On the lookout for a new handbag? Charles & Keith’s green quilted offering is ideal on a budget. Or, if you’re looking to splash out, influencer-approved brand Stand Studio’s camel bag is a winner.

Stand Studio – Rosanne Quilted Tote Bag – £270.00

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Bella – Quilted leather belt – £75.00 (was £132.00)

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Charles & Keith – Quilted Metallic Handle Crossbody Bag in Green – £53.00 (was £65.00)

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Russell & Bromley – Parade Square Toe Military Boot – £395.00

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Ahead of the game – minimalist hairbands

While Prada brought oversized, padded hairbands to the masses last season, the latest styles seen on the catwalk and atop the hair of our favourite influencers are more minimal, thinner and all-round much more understated. Whilst the head décor still dominates the accessories-sphere, opt for a less OTT style to get ahead (pun very much intended).

The following pieces evoke a romantic youthfulness that will accentuate your favourite dresses, tops and tees. Make a chic, slim headband an everyday essential to add some pizzaz to casualwear, or up the elegance ante by pairing one with a LBD to your next event.

H&M – Alice Band – £9.99

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Easilocks – Dream Hair Made Easi Headband – £6.00

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Alice & Blair – Bianca Black Leather Headband – £39.00

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Claire’s – Wavy Tortoiseshell Thin Headband – £2.25

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Braided Beauties

Fashion’s favourite runways, from Bottega Veneta to Valentino, were full-to-the-brim of braid and woven textures across every accessory style this winter. But don’t think the trend has been and gone – you can still shop the trend at all your favourite high street, indie and designer brands before the masses catch on.

HLN loves Mango’s bright blue braided bag; this bright hue is one of the colours of the moment, so you’re really getting two trends for the price of one. Not in the market for a new bag? Uterque’s braided strap allows you to work the trend by adding the statement-making detail to a bag you already have. Though there’s a plethora of stylish options to choose from, we’ve searched far and wide for the best buys, below.

Mango – Textured Braided Bag (Blue) – £59.99

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Uterque – Woven Leather Handle – £35.95

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Missoma – Medium Braid Hoop Earrings – £110.00

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Anthropologie – Woven Leather Ankle Boots – £98.00 (was £140.00)

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Hats on – berets, bucket hats and baseball caps, whatever the weather

Hats dominate in the style stakes every season. And, with a chill in the air right now, take this as your cue to invest in some new headwear. We feel cosy just looking at Ganni’s knitted beret.

The below buys look as great paired with our big coats for right now as they will with our light jackets once the weather improves. Freshening up your wardrobe now whilst thinking ahead? Sounds like a win-win to us.

Arket – Leather cap – £69.00

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GANNI – Crocheted cotton beret – £45.00

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Zara – Felt Hat – £27.99

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ASOS Design – Crochet Straw Bucket Hat In Green – £10.00

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