Spring-Summer 2017 Accessory Trends: It’s All About “More”

This Year We Just Can't Get Enough

By Emi Schemmer
April 19, 2017
Fashion, Latest Trends

From large bangles, opulent pendants and carefully constructed corsets; this year’s summer trends are about letting go of being nice and tidy, minimal or conservative. It’s all about making a statement — a very loud one!

Fashion — the constantly evolving story of fabrics, colors, themes, and lifestyles — plays with us all the time, challenging our perceptions and attitude. Whereas simplicity used to a predominant trend in the past few years, the season is changing and now we’re once again humming along with Depeche Mode (or The Black Eyed Peas for that matter), I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough.

That’s right: this spring and summer’s fashion trend is “the more the better.”

Mismatched earrings, over the top bracelets and almost too big and likely too heavy pendants made their way down the runways in Tokyo and other international fashion cities, and I must say, it was like seeing the most colorful and exciting festival of shapes, colors, textures, and embellishments. Almost absurd and very loud accessories seems to be the main theme of what’s hot this season.

Almost absurd and very loud accessories seems to be the main theme of what’s hot this season.

Here are the key trends and items for this spring and summer — layer, tie, wrap, mix, match…and just enjoy, because as the prominent fashion designer Oscar de la Renta once said, “A woman makes her outfit her own with accessories!”

Bold & Sexy: Embracing Different Looks

Spring 2017 has been all about embracing different looks, mixing and matching, and pulling out old favorite from the deep corners of your closet. What’s maybe old, has now become new, and what’s new, is something that really is up to your own interpretation. What seems to be a key message this year is the idea of bringing back tradition and forming a hybrid between the new, eccentric, innovative and modern. Accessories are particularly great when it comes to doing this. Wearing grandma’s old pair of round framed vintage shades, or dressing up a cocktail dress with a pair of antique lace gloves — even mom’s tacky cruise ship costume jewelry can be worn to look fabulous!

This summer get ready for some weird, unexpected, and bold accessories to clasp, buckle, and tie up!

So, this spring and summer, get ready for some statement earrings and large uncut power stones, to waist cinching corset belts and vintage leather or ever so bejeweled gloves. It’s all about highlighting your smarts in accessories. 

Mis-Matched Earrings

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a focus on highlighting our ears, let alone focused on clashing designs or shapes, but this year the hot trend seems to be making beautiful wrongs into stylish rights. And how better to go with the flow of fashion than closing your eyes, picking two different earring from your jewelry box and just going with it!

Bold Chokers

From SM to bedazzled, we all can agree that chokers really have the power to amp up any outfit. From simple elegant tie-ups to suggestive leather straps, chokers are surely a safe choice when it comes to finding something that will give quite the impression to any outfit.

Cinched By Corsets

How can we not love the best waist-slimming and figure enhancing accessory of all time? Corset belts are one of the key hot items this season that most designers seem to be absolutely obsessed with. Worn tight, loose, under or over shirts, and even worn with suit jackets, put one on top of your regular outfit and this will be enough. 

Oversized Raw Stone Pendants

This summer, go big! Really. Large unpolished stones on chains make the perfect accent piece to even a simple T-shirt and jeans outfit!

Armbands

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Arm bands are perfect to pair with a beautiful dress or even a sexy camisole top. From shiny or etched metallics, beaded bangles, even braided leather straps, highlighting your upper arms seems to be the sure thing for summer!

Tie Me Up Belts


Belts are one of the accessories I think we all have almost too many of. Great news is that this warm season, you can make use of all those extra belts and transform them into something unique, playful and absolutely stylish. You can never go wrong knotting a belt around an oversized white oxford shirt or even a simple black cocktail dress. And don’t be afraid to experiment using color, maybe even double or triple up!

More Bracelets, Please!

Go on and pile up those bracelets and slip them on. As we already know, this year it’s all about more and more, so don’t be afraid to wear as many as you like. Jingle, rattle and make some noise!

Twilly Scarves

Skinny scarves are an easy quick add-on to any outfit. Just wrap it around your neck as you please, day or night, with any outfit!

So, now that we’ve already taken a look at how 2017 is quite the year of change, personal interpretation, fashion freedom and creativity, and that the warm season’s trends is “more,” you have quite a few reasons to go bold and sparkling! Go on…mix and match, layer, be bold, make a statement, and don’t be afraid to overdo it!  This year is the year to leave behind those minimalist concepts and embrace the big, bold, and beautiful!

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Originally born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Emi started her first company in Victoria, British Columbia while she attended the University of Victoria studying Health Sciences. Focusing initially in graphic design, print media and marketing, she then found herself in Tokyo, Japan, working in the luxury fashion industry as a Creative Director and Visual Stylist. Her love to be creative, innovative, and proactive has pushed her to develop a unique and colorful career here in Japan. When she can, Emi travels and seeks new adventures, picking up different inspirations and skills along the way.

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