The Top Six Accessory Trends to Covet Now

Art by Tilden Bissell.

I’ll be honest, it isn’t easy to focus these days—but there’s something to be said for the comfort of sticking to your usual habits. For me, that means going show-by-show, file-by-file to dissect the details of looks sent down the runway. I started my deep dive with one of my favorites, Maison Margiela. And just like that, I was reinvigorated by the funny fruits and vegetables tied around the models’s necks that I hadn’t noticed when I first scrolled through the show. The discovery of something unexpected keeps me curious to see the oddities of each season; and it reminds me to get lost in the pleasures of creativity, while transporting me to a better world—in this case, a world that is more prepared with medical supplies. (Fittingly, one of my favorite trends of the season was bags that matched the gloves which held them.) Get lost in these looks yourself, by scrolling through our favorite accessory trends of the fall 2020 season.

Sunday Best
(L to R): Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Gucci, Valentino, Maison Margiela, Miu Miu

Matching a glove to a bag might seem old hat, but there is something satisfying about seeing such well-coordinated sets. With glove styles ranging from opera-length leather to cropped driving gloves, and purses varying from the classic lady bag to clutches and satchels, this trend is ready for a Sunday service.

Day Clutches
(L to R): Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, Celine, Miu Miu, Prada

Stemming from the ready-to-wear trend of ’80s daywear that we can’t seem to shake, these updated oversized clutches are strictly of the now. There is something undeniably effortless and sophisticated about a woman with a clutch tucked under her arm.

Furry Things
(L to R): Loewe, Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, JW Anderson, Gucci

Soft, fluffy, oversized and quirky, this season we saw plenty of items worthy of a spot in a petting zoo. We especially loved the odd proportions of this plush fringe at Bottega Veneta.

(L to R): Tom Ford, Rodarte, Simone Rocha, Maison Margiela, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs

Seen in multiple iterations, hiding behind veils was a major theme this season—from bridal moments at Tom Ford and Simone Rocha to a more moody, solemn feel at Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. Considering the current state of events worldwide, this trend now reads somewhat eerie.

Protective Eyewear
(L to R): Burberry, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta

I’d like to think this trend came out of our future being too bright to handle without the proper eye protection…Instead, it fits right in with a central thread from most shows: apocalyptic-prep dressing.

Mary Janes
(L to R): Loewe, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Dior, Miu Miu, Prada

This sweet schoolgirl classic will certainly join your shoe rotation this fall. Take your pick of the litter: from embellished styles by Gucci and Loewe to the classics by Marc Jacobs (my all-time favorite shoes this season).