I’m a Fashion Editor and These Are the Accessories I’m Backing For Autumn Winter 2021

These little (and large) extras will transform your new season looks in an instant.
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Jonathan Cohen

Trends can be translated in so many ways and personalised to suit every individual’s taste. For those looking to make an outfit their own, accessories are one of the easiest ways to tailor the trends to you.

I’ve trawled the catwalks, e-tailers and the high street to narrow it down to 5 of the most effortless and versatile accessories trends for the season.

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After editing my way through the brands, it’s clear which accessories stand out.

Whether it’s the timeless oversized bag or our new gloves obsession, wearing these is the easiest way to update your wardrobe for the season ahead without burning a hole in your wallet. In fact, you may well have a few in your collection already.

From bags to buckles, chunky chains to turtlenecks (yes, they are an accessory this season), there’s something for everyone this season.

The Giganta-Bag

Marni autumn winter 2021 gigantic bag
Courtesy of Marni

It’s the statement item that’s set to steal the show and draw all the attention this season. If your bag isn’t overshadowing your outfit, it simply isn’t big enough!

This larger-than-life accessory should be big enough to hold more than just the kitchen sink.

Reversible Split Suede Bag, £59.99, Zara

Reversible Split Suede Bag, £59.99, Zara – Buy Now

Oversized Tote, £25, Arket

Oversized Tote, £25, Arket – Buy Now

Raffia Bag, £192, MAM

Raffia Bag, £192, MAM – Buy Now

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Big Buckles

Blumarine Fall 2021
Courtesy of Blumarine

Embellished butterflies from Blumarine, love hearts by Carolina Herrera and autumnal florals from Alberta Ferretti designers got decorative and adorned the basic belt with eye-catching details.

Thanks to a bit of designer decoration it’s time to buckle up and get ready to big up your belts, waistlines are about to be noticed this season.

Monogram Belt, £16, River Island

Monogram Belt, £16, River Island – Buy Now

Butterfly belt, £69, Belt Be at Wolf & Badger

Butterfly belt, £69, Belt Be at Wolf & Badger – Buy Now

Lion buckle belt, £4.80, Nasty Gal

Lion buckle belt, £4.80, Nasty Gal – Buy Now

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Gloves Galore

Jonathan Cohen aw21 gloves
Courtesy of Jonathan Cohen

Spied on multiple catwalks this year, the glove is getting a huge hands in the air moment from designers everywhere.

Rodart, Jonathan Cohen and Altuzarra brought back the elegant longline glove, perfect for the Christmas party scene.

Sergio Hudson and Prada added pops of colour, while Simone Rocha introduced beautiful detailed versions for a statement salute to the fun of fashion.

Cream Fitted Gloves, £55, & Other Stories

Cream Fitted Gloves, £55, & Other Stories – Buy Now

Heart Print Gloves, £25, Accessorize

Heart Print Gloves, £25, Accessorize – Buy Now

Printed stretch gloves, £180, Dries Van Noten from Net-a Porter

Printed Stretch Gloves, £180, Dries Van Noten from Net-a Porter – Buy Now

Chunky Chains on Everything

 Stella McCartney aw21
Courtesy of Stella McCartney

Swinging from glasses, strapped to bags and wrapping themselves around waistlines, chains aren’t just for jewellery this season.

This chain reaction has made a huge impact on how and where we wear them this winter.

Half Moon Chain Bag, £69, Charles & Keith

Half Moon Chain Bag, £69, Charles & Keith – Buy Now

Frame chains, £129, Frame Chain – Buy Now

Chunky chain belt, £8, Monki

Chunky Chain Belt, £8, Monki – Buy Now

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Transferable Turtlenecks

Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim autumn winter 2021 accessories
Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim

Autumn has arrived with a chill in the air but while it’s not quite full blown jumper weather, this snuggly solution is a must for every transitional wardrobe.

Worn under or over tops, styled with shirts or layered under fine knits, the transferable turtleneck is every fashion editor’s secret to staying stylish without breaking a sweat.

Beige Mock Roll Neck, £19, Arket

Beige Mock Roll Neck, £19, Arket – Buy Now

Lilac ribbed collar, £16.79, Grandado

Lilac ribbed collar, £16.79, Grandado – Buy Now

Black ribbed collar, £18, Weekday

Black ribbed collar, £18, Weekday – Buy Now