9 Trending Accessories For Spring 2016
The Long, Lightweight Scarf
A lightweight scarf is always an essential piece during the transitional months, but this season, size matters. As seen in both Burberry Prorsum and Missonis menswear collections, an oversized scarf in a bright palette and breathable fabric is a key piece for welcoming warmer weather.
Pair a patterned version with a plain trench in a neutral hue that picks out one of your scarfs base tones, to tie the look together.
Drakes Colour-Block Modal, Linen And Silk-Blend Scarf, available at Mr Porter, priced £145.
The Printed Tie
Perfect for injecting life into any tailored look, a printed tie makes your look sun-ready without you needing to go all Man From Del Monté. Just switch in silk or cotton for the textured ties youve been wearing since October, to mark the shift out of winter.
However, dont overdose on colour until its sunny, more often than not, washed out shades beat brights.
Coral Paisley Silk Tie, available at T.M. Lewin, priced £27.95.
The Bandana Neckerchief
Another trend straight off SS16s runways, bandana neckerchiefs showed up across several collections. Its a delicate line between Gallic insouciance and Dexys Midnight Runners, though, so add to a luxe souvenir jacket (à la Louis Vuitton) or neutral separates (à la Margaret Howell) rather than dungarees.
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The longer and looser the kerchief, the more relaxed your look think scout, not choker. As with your other neckwear, its an easy way to add colour to winters neutrals, when youre not quite ready to retire all-black everything else.
Urban Renewal Vintage Surplus White Bandana, available at Urban Outfitters, priced £8.
Britains charming combination of wind and rain means pocket-friendly umbrellas arent pals with your wardrobe. To avoid ruining what it should protect, you need a stiff shaft (easy now) and aluminium ribs, so its strong enough to resist gusts of wind but isnt like carrying a dumbbell all day.
If you only buy one and unless youre a Victorian gent, then fair enough black pairs with everything.
London Undercover Maple-Handle Collapsible Umbrella, available at Mr Porter, priced £60.
The mercury finally liquefying again means its time to shelve winters heavy scents for something with a spring in its step.
To celebrate its 145th birthday, British perfumer Penhaligons has come over all floral for No 33 Eau de Cologne, blending lavender notes with orange, grapefruit and bergamot. So you can at least smell summery, even if the days stay grey.
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No.33 Eau de Cologne, available at Penhaligons, priced £95.
It might not be time for sleeves to come off, but sunglasses still need to come on. If only because squinting into low sun is bad news for your crows feet.
This season, round sunglasses are trending. But the shape is unkind unless youve got cheekbones that could cut diamonds. Ray-Bans new Clubround is mostly circular, but with just enough taper to stop your face taking on the same proportion as Wilson the beach ball.
Ray Ban Clubround Green Classic G-15, available at Ray Ban, priced £134.
The Baseball Cap
Tip your hat to one of spring 2016s street-inspired trends. Oversized, New Era-style fitted caps are out this season is all about five- and seven-panels, bent brims and textures like fleece or mesh.
If youre a streetwear fan, then try to snaffle up a Supreme or Palace logo cap. If your styles more tailored then go dark and unmarked, as seen at Calvin Klein, or neutral like Balmain. Although still dont expect your boss to let you wear it in the office.
(Related: How to wear a hat without looking like a fool)
Norse Projects Ripstop 5 Panel Cap, available at END Clothing, priced £45.
Gold remains as popular as it did in the court of King Midas and more sun means more chance for your precious metals to catch the light. Or, at least, your gold-ish metallics.
To hit the trend without hitting your overdraft, look to Larsson & Jennings glittering Milanese straps. Or embrace the less is more philosophy with rose gold accents against a black face.
Larsson Jennings Chain Metal CM Gold, available at Larsson Jennings, priced £225.
The Slip-On Shoes
This season, laces didnt get an invite to the party. Perhaps its a nod to their own jet-setting lives, but designers have embraced the airport security favourite in a big way, from leopard print slippers at Moschino (where else?) to Axel Arigatos new Clean 90 Laceless, which looks like something youd wear in a 24th century asylum.
Although, you could just get back at it again with the white vans. Damn.
Clean 90 Laceless, available at Axel Arigato, priced £150.