Accessories are often overlooked as a wardrobe category, but they can be a great way to express your personal style and take an outfit to the next level. They’re also a fairly inexpensive way to update your wardrobe without doing a complete closet overhaul, so let’s talk about accessory trends for 2022!
But first! Before you add more accessories to your closet, I encourage you to take a few minutes to look through your accessories and pull out the things you no longer wear.
I’m not talking about the fine jewelry and designer items that were meaningful gifts and never really go out of style. But if you’re looking at a drawer full of bubble necklaces, long tassel pendants, infinity scarves, and large stone cluster earrings… it’s probably time to purge. #justsayin’
Just like having too many clothes can be overwhelming and make it hard to get dressed, having too many accessories can do the same thing. And if you haven’t updated your accessories in a while, they may be dragging you down or making you look dated.
Even though the idea of a dated wardrobe item is becoming a dated concept, we still want to avoid getting stuck in a certain time period. It’s easy to allow that to happen as we get older, so if you haven’t edited your wardrobe in a while, taking a look at your accessories is a great place to start.
Once you’ve made some space in your closet, here’s a list of wearable accessory trends that you may want to add to your wardrobe this fall.
Accessory Trends for Fall 2022
#1. Natural Stone & Beaded Jewelry
Minimalism is still the overarching theme with jewelry and accessories, but I’m starting to see more color coming back in the form of beaded jewelry and stone accents.
#2. Layered Looks
Layered necklace and delicate bracelet stacks are still trending this season, and there’s a lot of overlap with the beaded jewelry I mentioned in #1.
#3. Modern Pearl Jewelry
Pearl jewelry is having a moment right now, but look for unique shapes and combinations, or layer a string of pearls with a link necklace or pendant for an updated look.
#4. Chain Link & Paperclip Accents
Chain link necklaces and bracelets and paperclip-style accents are still going strong this season. These look great layered with the pearl or beaded pieces.
Belts have never been out of style, but I’m definitely noticing them being worn a lot more this season. It makes sense, as we see more relaxed fit pants and tucked-in tops. Belts add a great finishing touch to a look to an outfit and help define the waist.
#6. Bold Eyewear
I love this trend for ladies over 40 because so many of us need reading glasses, and bold frames are a fun way to add personality to your outfits.
#7. Felt Hats
I’m not big into hats, but they’re another great way to elevate an outfit if they align with your personal style.
#8. Hair Accessories & Headbands
Ladies of a certain age should tread lightly with this one; I am personally not a fan, but I thought it was worth mentioning because it’s so big right now.
Yes socks are a big accessory for fall 2022! You can really wear them with anything from sandals to sneakers, but it needs to align with your personal style. I plan to stick to more traditional sock + shoe pairings, but it’s fun to wear a print or unexpected color from time to time.
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