Fall’s Biggest Accessory Trends Are Also The Most Fun

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Irina Grechko
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Who knows what fall ‘21 holds: We’ve been isolating at home for almost a year now, and with vaccines slowly rolling out, there’s a good chance that we might be out and about come autumn. Or… we also might not! The trickiest fall Fashion Month season to date is well underway, and designers seem to be hedging their bets as well, showing 2021 fashion accessories that toe the line between practical and fun.

Everyone’s favorite lazy shoe option, clogs, continued to get the status-shoe treatment, after making headlines for appearing at the Hermès’ Paris Fashion Week show in October. Knitwear designer Victor Glemaud released a take on the wood-soled, orthopedic style as part of the brand’s first footwear release, done in collaboration with Shekudo; Dr. Jill Biden’s and Kate Middleton’s go-to sustainable designer Gabriela Hearst, too, sent out a clog-like loafer at her NYFW show. Princess Diana-esque detachable statement collars, a popular 2020 fall trend, became more winter-proof thanks to the turtleneck accessories at PH5 and 3.1 Phillip Lim — a look that’s not only stylish but also perfect for the scarf-adverse. Bags are only continuing to grow from last season.

Below, every fall 2021 accessory trend worth noting.

<h2>Glorious Gloves</h2>Elbow-length gloves got the runway treatment this season. While Simone Rocha showed embroidered designs more fit for a red carpet, Miu Miu presented bright, puffer mitts that you could easily (and stylishly) hit the slopes in.<br> <br><em>Simone Rocha</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Simone Rocha.</span>

Glorious Gloves

Elbow-length gloves got the runway treatment this season. While Simone Rocha showed embroidered designs more fit for a red carpet, Miu Miu presented bright, puffer mitts that you could easily (and stylishly) hit the slopes in.

Simone RochaPhoto: Courtesy of Simone Rocha.
<em>Miu Miu</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu.</span>
Miu MiuPhoto: Courtesy of Miu Miu.
<em>Collina Strada</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Collina Strada.</span>
Collina StradaPhoto: Courtesy of Collina Strada.
<em>Acne</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Acne.</span>
AcnePhoto: Courtesy of Acne.
<h2> Lifted Loafers</h2><br>This once-preppy shoe is getting an edgier look thanks to fall's bulky, lug-sole platforms. Not only does this style add extra height but, with a thicker platform, it will take its wearer well into winter. <br><br><em>Ganni</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Lana Ohrimenko.</span>

Lifted Loafers


This once-preppy shoe is getting an edgier look thanks to fall's bulky, lug-sole platforms. Not only does this style add extra height but, with a thicker platform, it will take its wearer well into winter.

GanniPhoto: Lana Ohrimenko.
<em>Tod's</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Tod's.</span>
Tod'sPhoto: Courtesy of Tod's.
<em>Versace</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Versace..</span>
VersacePhoto: Courtesy of Versace..
<em>Alice + olivia</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Georgia Nerheim.</span>
Alice + oliviaPhoto: Georgia Nerheim.
<h2>Chunky Chain Bags</h2><br>Doubling as jewelry, statement chains adorned this season's handbags. As if to make the case, Balmain styled bags as neck pillows for its travel-inspired collection, with the strap serving as a necklace of sorts. <br><br><em>Nanushka</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Nanushka.</span>

Chunky Chain Bags


Doubling as jewelry, statement chains adorned this season's handbags. As if to make the case, Balmain styled bags as neck pillows for its travel-inspired collection, with the strap serving as a necklace of sorts.

NanushkaPhoto: Courtesy of Nanushka.
<em>Louis Vuitton</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton.</span>
Louis VuittonPhoto: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton.
<em>Balmain</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Balmain.</span>
BalmainPhoto: Courtesy of Balmain.
<em>Valentino</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Valentino.</span>
ValentinoPhoto: Courtesy of Valentino.
<h2>High-Fashion Harnesses</h2><br>If you loved <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/01/221513/timothee-chalamet-sequined-harness-explained" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Timothee Chalamet's sequin harness at the 2019 Golden Globes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Timothee Chalamet's sequin harness at the 2019 Golden Globes</a>, you will be excited to learn that the accessory is making a comeback in fall.<br><br><em>Loewe</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Loewe.</span>

High-Fashion Harnesses


If you loved Timothee Chalamet's sequin harness at the 2019 Golden Globes, you will be excited to learn that the accessory is making a comeback in fall.

LoewePhoto: Courtesy of Loewe.
<em>Givenchy</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy.</span>
GivenchyPhoto: Courtesy of Givenchy.
<em>Simone Rocha</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Simone Rocha.</span>
Simone RochaPhoto: Courtesy of Simone Rocha.
<em>Versace</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Versace.</span>
VersacePhoto: Courtesy of Versace.
<h2>Indoor-Outdoor Slippers</h2><br>For the past year, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/06/9881269/inside-shoes-quarantine-fashion-trend" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:outside shoes have served as inside shoes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">outside shoes have served as inside shoes</a>. Now inside shoes are on the way to become covetable outside shoes, with fluffy slippers and sandals appearing in new collections of Coach, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzarra. <br><br><em>Coach</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Juergen Teller.</span>

Indoor-Outdoor Slippers


For the past year, outside shoes have served as inside shoes. Now inside shoes are on the way to become covetable outside shoes, with fluffy slippers and sandals appearing in new collections of Coach, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzarra.

CoachPhoto: Juergen Teller.
<em>Proenza Schouler</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler</span>
Proenza SchoulerPhoto: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler
<em>Altuzarra</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Jon Ervin.</span>
AltuzarraPhoto: Jon Ervin.
<em>Dsquared2</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Dsquared2.</span>
Dsquared2Photo: Courtesy of Dsquared2.
<h2>Fits-All Bags </h2><br> <br>We didn't think handbags could get any bigger than they did last season but, according to recent runways, fall will be marked by bags of gargantuan proportions.<br><br><em>Marni</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Marni.</span>

Fits-All Bags



We didn't think handbags could get any bigger than they did last season but, according to recent runways, fall will be marked by bags of gargantuan proportions.

MarniPhoto: Courtesy of Marni.
<em>AKNVAS </em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of AKNVAS.</span>
AKNVAS Photo: Courtesy of AKNVAS.
<em>Fendi</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Fendi.</span>
FendiPhoto: Courtesy of Fendi.
<em>Khaite</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Khaite.</span>
KhaitePhoto: Courtesy of Khaite.
<h2>Status Clogs</h2><br>Many would argue that <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/10/10098450/womens-clogs-trend" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:clogs never went anywhere" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">clogs never went anywhere</a> — and they would be right! (See: everyone in your neighborhood who’s currently wearing Birkenstocks). This season though, designers put a fashion-forward spin on the “mom shoe” by showing the style paired with elegant knitted matching sets and dresses.<br><br><em>Sandy Liang</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Sandy Liang.</span>

Status Clogs


Many would argue that clogs never went anywhere — and they would be right! (See: everyone in your neighborhood who’s currently wearing Birkenstocks). This season though, designers put a fashion-forward spin on the “mom shoe” by showing the style paired with elegant knitted matching sets and dresses.

Sandy LiangPhoto: Courtesy of Sandy Liang.
<em>Victor Glemaud</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Victor Glemaud.</span>
Victor GlemaudPhoto: Courtesy of Victor Glemaud.
<em>Gabriela Hearst</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Greg Kessler for Gabriela Hearst </span>
Gabriela HearstPhoto: Greg Kessler for Gabriela Hearst
<em>Veronica Beard</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Veronica Beard.</span>
Veronica BeardPhoto: Courtesy of Veronica Beard.
<h2>Huggable Bags</h2><br>With hugs few and far between, designers have taken to creating outerwear in cloud-like fabrics. This extended to accessories in the form of furry, soft bags that beg to be stroked and held tight.<br><br><em>Claudia Li</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Benn Jae.</span>

Huggable Bags


With hugs few and far between, designers have taken to creating outerwear in cloud-like fabrics. This extended to accessories in the form of furry, soft bags that beg to be stroked and held tight.

Claudia LiPhoto: Benn Jae.
<em>Chanel</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Chanel</span>
ChanelPhoto: Courtesy of Chanel
<em>1017 ALYX 9SM</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Ilya Lipkin</span>
1017 ALYX 9SMPhoto: Ilya Lipkin
<em>Marina Moscone</em><span class="copyright">Photo: courtesy of Marina Moscone.</span>
Marina MosconePhoto: courtesy of Marina Moscone.
<h2>Bucket Hats</h2><br><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/bucket-hat-outfits" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rihanna and Hailey Bieber’s favorite hat style" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rihanna and Hailey Bieber’s favorite hat style</a> is continuing to have a high-fashion moment. Reminiscent of the Kangol styles popular in the ‘80s and '90s, the hat now also comes in a variety of prints and fuzzy textures.<br><br><em>R13</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of R13.</span>

Bucket Hats


Rihanna and Hailey Bieber’s favorite hat style is continuing to have a high-fashion moment. Reminiscent of the Kangol styles popular in the ‘80s and '90s, the hat now also comes in a variety of prints and fuzzy textures.

R13Photo: Courtesy of R13.
<em>In Earnest by Byron Lars</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of In Earnest by Byron Lars.</span>
In Earnest by Byron LarsPhoto: Courtesy of In Earnest by Byron Lars.
<em>ADEAM</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Adeam.</span>
ADEAMPhoto: Courtesy of Adeam.
<em>Anna Sui</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Anna Sui.</span>
Anna SuiPhoto: Courtesy of Anna Sui.
<h2>Sleek Cowboy Boots</h2><br>Classic cowboys boots in solid black and brown colors — as well as styles in bold prints and mixed materials — appeared at brands like Private Policy and Victor Li. <br><br><em>Isabel Marant</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Isabel Marant.</span>

Sleek Cowboy Boots


Classic cowboys boots in solid black and brown colors — as well as styles in bold prints and mixed materials — appeared at brands like Private Policy and Victor Li.

Isabel MarantPhoto: Courtesy of Isabel Marant.
<em>Victor Li</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Victor Li.</span>
Victor LiPhoto: Courtesy of Victor Li.
<em>Private Policy</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Private Policy.</span>
Private PolicyPhoto: Courtesy of Private Policy.
<em>Dauphinette</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Dauphinette.</span>
DauphinettePhoto: Courtesy of Dauphinette.
<h2>Hands-Free Bags</h2><br>While some designers continued to release enormous bags that almost require three arms to carry, others opted for hands-free styles, ranging from bag necklaces to hand muff-like clutches worn on the arm.<br><br><em>Marine Serre</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Marine Serre.</span>

Hands-Free Bags


While some designers continued to release enormous bags that almost require three arms to carry, others opted for hands-free styles, ranging from bag necklaces to hand muff-like clutches worn on the arm.

Marine SerrePhoto: Courtesy of Marine Serre.
<em>Staud</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Staud.</span>
StaudPhoto: Courtesy of Staud.
<em>Max Mara</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Max Mara.</span>
Max MaraPhoto: Courtesy of Max Mara.
<em>AMBUSH</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of AMBUSH.</span>
AMBUSHPhoto: Courtesy of AMBUSH.
<h2>Detachable Turtleneck</h2><br>Last season was all about detachable ruffs and frilly collars. This fall took the trend to new heights, in the form of statement turtlenecks. While PH5 paired a pink collar, looking a little like a chic neck pillow, with a plaid cardigan for a can’t-miss look, 3.1 Phillip Lim threw a knit bolero-like accessory over a knit dress for a more subtle and coordinated take on the trend.<br><br><em>3.1 Phillip Lim</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim.</span>

Detachable Turtleneck


Last season was all about detachable ruffs and frilly collars. This fall took the trend to new heights, in the form of statement turtlenecks. While PH5 paired a pink collar, looking a little like a chic neck pillow, with a plaid cardigan for a can’t-miss look, 3.1 Phillip Lim threw a knit bolero-like accessory over a knit dress for a more subtle and coordinated take on the trend.

3.1 Phillip LimPhoto: Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim.
<em>Prada</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Prada.</span>
PradaPhoto: Courtesy of Prada.
<em>PH5</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Lee Kun Seok.</span>
PH5Photo: Lee Kun Seok.
<em>Theophilio</em><span class="copyright">Photo; Courtesy of Theophilio.</span>
TheophilioPhoto; Courtesy of Theophilio.

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