Top 10 accessories for Spring 2016 and how to wear them

Here are 10 must-have accessories for Spring 2016, with tips on how to style them

1 SHOULDER DUSTER EARRINGS

Ms Grace Lua, 22, H&M showroom executive: "Besides creating a dramatic effect and dressing up a simple outfit, shoulder duster earrings are flattering as they instantly elongate your face and neck when they extend beyond the shoulder line.

"When wearing them, pull your hair back into a simple, low ponytail to draw attention to the earrings and your collarbone."

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From left: Arden chain earrings, $269, from Goldheart; Black tassel earrings, $14.90, from H&M; and Brass and acrylic geometric earrings, $35.90, from Zara.


2 GRAPHIC PRINT BAGS
 

Ms Daisy Tan, 38, general manager for American fashion group VF Brands in Singapore and Malaysia, which owns Kipling: "Geometric prints never fail to add a refreshing twist or instant pop to any outfit.

"If you are carrying a bag with a geometric print, dress in solid colours or neutral hues."

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(Clockwise, from left): Aztec embroidery leather crossbody bag, $195, from Massimo Dutti; Creativity purse, $59, from Kipling and Handpainted canvas bag by Yodyoko, $79, from Mporium.


3 CLUNKY SANDALS

Ms Grace Lim, 24, freelance stylist: "Clunky sandals are great for those who want to wear comfortable shoes, but do not want to look too dressed-down. Opt for feminine double straps and wear the sandals with a mini dress or denim jeans. You can also try styling the footwear with see-through patterned ankle socks."

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(Clockwise, from left): Black sandals with ankle straps, $215, from Agnes B Sport B; Silver Malou fringe sandals, $139, from Spur and Strappy black Flox III sandals, $165, from Melissa.


4 WHITE BAGS

Mr C.K. Koo, 39, freelance stylist: "When carrying a white bag, the best colour combination for your outfit would be anything pastel - this will make the white bag stand out. Avoid pairing a white bag with a monochrome outfit as it will look dull and boring."

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From left: Spectrum X small crossbody bag, $300, from Rabeanco; White bucket bag, $69.90, from White Chocoolate; and Mini leather bag with braid detail, $56.90, from Topshop.


5 UNUSUAL CHOKERS

Mr Sven Tan, 35, founder and co-designer of fashion label In Good Company: "Chokers draw attention to the decolletage.

"When wearing a choker, make sure the exposed skin is not distracting to the overall ensemble by balancing proportions of exposed skin with the neckline.

"Straight or scooped necklines will work better with chokers than V-necks or scalloped necklines."

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(Clockwise, from left): Umeko adjustable necklace in orange, $149, from In Good Company; Leaf resin necklace, $140, from Bimba Y Lola; and Turquoise Summer pom pom necklace, $230, from Gnossem.


6 BLOCK HEELS

Ms Elizabeth Yuen, 25, freelance fashion stylist: "Block-heel shoes are now the favoured footwear over stilettos as they offer more support and come in a wide range of styles, from casual to formal. You can wear them with any outfit."

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(Clockwise, from left): Brown block-heel sandals, $69.90, from Pull & Bear; White Janie sandals, $240, from Ugg; and Black pumps in suede finish, $83, from Pedro.


7 CHUNKY CUFFS

Ms Carolyn Kan, 43, founder and designer of jewellery label Carrie K.: "Statement cuffs give classic outfits a fresh look with a playful twist.

"One can accessorise a simple block-colour dress with a colourful cuff, which can act as a conversation starter."

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From left: Pink Pauline silk bracelet by Silk Philosophy, $79, from Curator’s Den; Spilled blue leather and silver cuff, $168, from Carrie K; and Resin and wood bangles, $29.90, from Mango.


8 MULES

Ms Violet Foo, 26, freelance wardrobe stylist: "Mules are comfortable, offer good support for the feet and look stylish.

"When choosing mules, go for those with heels that are at least three inches high as it is a versatile height - it goes well with long dresses and flared pants as well as shorts and skirts."

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From left: Brown fringe mules, $63.90, from Charles & Keith; Raya mules in Dulce de Leche, $620, from Tory Burch; and The Valley peep toes by Shona Joy, $164.50, from Et-i-kit.


9 HALF-MOON BAGS

Ms Chris Lo, 28, womenswear buyer at multi-brand lifestyle store Kapok: "The shape of the half-moon bag is classic, so it goes with everything. You can dress it up with heels or sling it across your body for a more casual look."

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(Top) Navy bag by A.P.C., $595, from Kapok at National Design Centre; (above, left) Yellow crossbody bag, $19.90, from New Look; and Charon (above, right) crossbody bag with red tassel, $39, from Pomelo.


10 BAGS WITH CHAIN STRAPS

Ms Nur Cahaya, 31, senior accessories designer for Zalora bags: "Chain-strap bags are perfect for a relaxed minimalist look. It adds a classy touch to an otherwise plain outfit, such as a loose box-cut T-shirt and a pair of faded jeans."

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(Top, left) Gold Picayune crossbody bag by Aldo, $109, from Zalora; Zesty silver leather bag, $69, from Pazzion; and (above) Lawren bag with chain handle and print, $690, from Kate Spade New York.

PHOTOS: AGNES B, APC, BIMBA Y LOLA, CARRIE K, CHARLES & KEITH, CURATOR’S DEN, ET-I-KIT, GNOSSEM, IN GOOD COMPANY, KATE SPADE NEW YORK, KIPLING, MANGO, MASSIMO DUTTI, MELISSA, NEW LOOK, PAZZION, PEDRO, PULL & BEAR, POMELO, RABEANCO, SPUR, TOPSHOP, TORY BURCH, UGG, WHITE CHOCOOLATE, YODYOKO, ZALORA


WHERE TO BUY

Agnes B: Level 3 Isetan Scotts Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road

Bimba Y Lola: B1-04 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn

Carrie K: 136 Bukit Timah Road

Charles & Keith: 02-27 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road

Curator's Den: 02-20E Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade

Et-i-kit: 03-14 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road

Gnossem: 05-01, 66 Kampong Bugis

Goldheart: 01-23 Parco Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street

H&M: Orchard Building, 1 Grange Road

In Good Company: B1-06 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn

Kapok: 01-05 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road

Kate Spade New York: 01-24 Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road

Kipling: 01-96 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk

Mango: B1-39 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road

Massimo Dutti: 02-129 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard

Melissa: B2-03 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road

Mporium: 01-477 North Wing Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard

New Look: B2-34 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road

Pazzion: B1-09 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road

Pedro: B3-10 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road

Pomelo Fashion: www.pomelofashion.com/sg/

Pull & Bear: B2-08 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn

Rabeanco: B1-24 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn

Spur: 04-32 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road

Topshop: B2-01 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn

Tory Burch: 02-28-32/54 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road

Ugg: B1-51 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road

White Chocoolate: B1-13/01-18 Orchard Gateway, 218 Orchard Road

Zalora: www.zalora.sg

Zara: Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2016, with the headline 'What to wear now'. Print Edition | Subscribe