The devil’s in the detail, which is why this season’s accessories make the perfect finishing touches. Update your look with seventies sliders, super- sized sunnies and fabulous fringing, says Penny Fray
Blame it on this season’s seventies revival – but in a rare victory of function over form, fashion has fallen for the Birkenstock.
Once beloved by the brown rice brigade and slummy mummies with bunions, these retro sliders have been spotted on hipsters the world over. And no wonder; what they lack in glamour, they more than make up for in comfort.
And everyone from Givenchy to Burberry have been inspired by the “frumpy flatty” this spring, creating their own bright and blinged up versions. Personally, I recommend you stick to the original tan colour and wear them with an A-line denim skirt – very Stella McCartney.
For those of you looking for a glamorous alternative to the simple sandal, say hello to the gladiator. If you find Balmain’s black number a bit too warrior-like for the school run, try Chloe’s low-wedged heel boho version under a floaty dress. Thankfully, the high street is awash with bargain alternatives.
Seventies purists, however, may want to stick to a playful platform. A great way to update this chunky sandal is to add a fun print. Wear with everything from a leather mini skirt to this season’s essential flare. If you prefer something a little more risqué and a lot more classic, take inspiration from Gucci’s latest accessories collection.
When it comes to handbags, you can’t really go wrong with suede, fringing or crochet. If you can imagine it on the arm of Love Story star Ali MacGraw, then you’re basically on the right trend track. The number we’re all lusting after this season is Gucci’s matt red mini bag with tassel and chain strap. It proves that the best things really do come in small packages.
A hippy weave and tassels bring a free-wheeling, seventies-inspired spirit to this season’s statement bags. Shake up your look with this Matalan number. From RO8
A key style from the runway, Gucci’s sandals have been crafted in Italy from light-brown suede with a supportive wrap-around leather ankle strap. Wear yours with spring dresses – they work with everything from bright prints to chambray. From RO330 at Net-a-Porter
The wide-brim silhouette hat is not only retro gold, but perfect for keeping your shoulders and neck shaded from the sun. From RO18 at Mango
An alternative to Birkenstocks are these H&M slides – simple, chic and good value from RO9
Cutler and Gross’ seventies-inspired round-frame sunglasses have been made entirely by artisan hands. We particularly love the retro mirrored lenses – a big trend this season. If the RO284 price tag is too steep, try Muscat’s malls for bargain alternatives
Finely layered gold necklaces are the ultimate in this season’s adornment. Try Accessorize for costume pieces with a retro vibe from RO9. Wear with a semi-unbuttoned shirt
Get Groovy: The easy way to add retro cool to your wardrobe
1. This is a great time to build Omani handicrafts into your wardrobe with local weaves and tribal jewellery. 2. Scared of the seventies? Ease your way into the decade that style forgot with a pair of round sunglasses. They’ll transform your look in one subtle yet simple move.