With every season and every year, the fashion-forward get a fresh set of trends to chase when it comes to accessories. We’ve assembled this guide to outline the best outfit-boosting accessories for 2020 by fashion accessories brand Betty Loves.
1) Statement Watches
Timepieces have long been a crucial tool for adding elegance and luxury to a carefully-crafted outfit, and their role looks particularly important in 2020.
Taste-makers like Emili Sindlev and Georgia Fowler have been showing off traditional styles when it comes to watches this season. Big, circular faces are in.
Longines, the Swiss heritage watchmaking firm, is a big winner with early adopters. Longines watches deliver a perfect balance of traditional design principles and contemporary details.
Consider the Longines Conquest Classic with its 36 outline diamonds. It cloaks a high-performance masculine aesthetic in feminine chic; it’s perfect for wear with party dresses and crisp blouses alike. Think of the Conquest Classic as a piece of do-anything jewellery more than a mere watch. Thanks to Longines’ proven track record for elegance and performance, investing in a watch like the Conquest Classic will serve well for many years to come.
2) Pouch Bags
A welcome surprise at couture fashion week in July, the timeless pouch bag is on the rise once again. By September, this functional yet stylish bag was showing up in the tight embrace of countless street style mavens, including Annabel Rosendahl and Linda Tol. Bags that are likely to be particularly popular in 2020 include the quilted pouch bag from MM6 Maison Margiela and the leather cloud clutch by Bottega Veneta.
These oversized bags are a handy counter-revolution to past trends for over-petite mini bags. Designers recognize that some of us need to carry more than just a smartphone. To get the most mileage out of a pouch bag, shop for neutral tones that can blend with any outfit.
The September shows also delivered an interesting retro flourish: the padded headband.
It’s been a year since Prada introduced its upscale refinement of this school-girl staple. Now, tastemakers like Patricia Manfield, Veronika Heilbrunner, and Leonie Hanne are sporting these classy toppers with a variety of outfits.
Look for headbands to take the place of hair clips as 2020’s favourite grown-up take on a childhood style. Designs range from the elegant solid colours of Prada’s silk bands to the loud, gilded faux-pearl headbands offered up by Jennifer Behr. In addition to silk and embellishment, trendy materials include satin and velvet.
Forward-thinking young designers are taking an active hand in rehabilitating pearl jewellery and shaking off these piece’s stuffy ‘old money’ connotations. A surprisingly large number of this season’s accessories are finished off with refined faux pearls for maximum elegance.
The modern trends favour asymmetrical pearl necklaces (key brands include Brinker & Eliza and Alighieri) and pendant earrings like those being sold by cutting-edge accessory house VALÉRE.
5) Cowboy Boots
Western footwear comes to the fore again, with a few fresh twists for 2020. Sculptural heels, floral patterns, and two-tone colouring are all in for the coming year. Aimee Song’s zebra-printed boots attracted plenty of attention at the last New York Fashion Week.
Officially approved for year-round use, cowboy boots are a smart choice for use with both spring and summer outfits. Warm-weather denim, maxi dresses, and more!
It’s best to think of good cowboy boots as a more-fashionable substitute for chunky sneakers. They’re comfortable and wonderfully durable.