You’ll wear them well past the holiday season, too.
When it comes to dressing around the holidays, things tend to get a wee bit cliché and limited. For instance, bright green and red come to mind, but the shades are not necessarily unexpected. And lots of tinsel-like shine is present, too, but what’s one to do with all that flash come January 2? It’s for this reason we prefer a somewhat more pragmatic approach to celebratory dressing, one that’s based on statement accessories that are festive today, tomorrow, and many occasions to come.
Ahead, we’re showcasing eight of our favorite accessory trends that bring a bit of sparkle and excitement, but not specifically to outfits for the next four weeks. For instance, they include stunning cocktail rings and statement earrings that can be worn with black-tie dresses or worn-in-denim ensembles alike. Bejeweled bag designs meanwhile speak to the holiday season’s opulence, but don’t feel too specific to one time of year. Below, explore and shop these party-season pieces that you’ll be wearing well into 2022, too.
The beaded, crystal-covered, or shiny-metal handbag has been a consistent fashion trend over the past few years. However, the statement bag is evergreen and timeless, a special piece you’ll want to hold onto for many future occasions. These striking examples below also showcase that this trend can be tried at all price points.
Knockout, shiny earrings that are practically the size of your ear are a shortcut to festive dressing. These oversized styles make all ensembles look glamorous and festive—just try it with jeans and a t-shirt and see. For a less obvious approach, you can also just wear one earring in the set and mix with other smaller styles for an asymmetric approach.
You hardly need a special event to wear shoes with some shine, which is why this accessory trend has legs well behind the holiday season. Wear any of these options to toast to the end of 2021 and then rotate them into your work, date night, house party, vacation wardrobes in 2022.
While the wide, embellished belt has been a trend of the moment, it’s also a top choice of party accessories because it breathes new life into whatever you style it with. The go-to LDB you’ve had in your closet for years. A cozy oversized sweater you’ll live in during winter. An office-appropriate dress that needs to transition to after-work cocktails. These are all looks where the belts below shine.
The perfect accompaniment to your favorite boots or party heels. For something a little more experimental, skip the classic black, textured versions and opt for pairs in bright colors or accented with crystals.
Blame it on our ongoing appreciation for Blair Waldorf’s wardrobe, but a zhuzhed-up hair piece always seems to be the best topper to any look. In this case, these pearl- and gemstone-covered ones are kind of like the star atop a Christmas tree: They complete an ensemble to a dazzling effect.
A vintage or vintage-inspired cocktail ring is a tiny but mighty showstopping piece to add to any outfit. Take inspiration from the ’30s in an opulent ring with crystals and pearls, or lean more toward the psychedelic ’70s in bright enamel and malachite designs.
Sure, cozy scarves and hats may seem more like an all-winter essential than a party accessory, but let’s not forget the holidays also mean time spent outdoors to pick out a tree, view the neighborhood lights and decorated shop windows, or peruse a spectacular holiday market. For these occasions, we prefer cozy accessories in extra-plush textures and striking colorways.
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