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Fashion Trends spring 2005

Fashion Trends
Spring 2005 & Summer 2005
3. Accessories

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Accessory Fashion Trends Spring & Summer 2005


Accessories - Spring Summer Fashion Trends 2005

This seasons accessories are going to hinge on the adoption of ethnic related fashion.  Key pieces include Tribal, Animal and other Ethnic styled Jewellery.

Jewels, Ornamental Effects and Jewellery

Diamante buttons on cardigans, jewelled charms, plastic robot dolls and plastic charms hanging from belts and bags, fruit earrings and rows of rainbow coloured thick plastic bangles are all fads for 2005.  Ornamented clothes for special occasions will have jewel studded cuff areas and necklines.

Tribal Beads

One big fashion which has already taken off is the trend for tribal beads whether wooden or bone or plastic.  The look is chunky crafts inspired, ethnic arts and crafts and almost what one might imagine a cannibal might don.

In addition to tribal beads look out for Middle eastern and Indian art and crafts inspired coin jewellery where strings of coins create an ethnic Boho look.  Snake bracelets, gladiator cuffs and narrow wrist bangles worn by the dozen are all fashions you can wear now and keep wearing this summer.  One of the best takes on this tribal/ethnic jewellery look is of chunky turquoise bead rope necklaces wrapped around and around the neck.  Ropes of pearls worn twenties style are also in vogue.


In Hollywood there was a decline in huge chandelier style earrings in favour of larger diamond studs.  Yet in the UK Chandelier style earrings are more popular than ever and the tribal/boho look is set to create even more dangling styles of strings, ropes and tiers of decorative units from metal discs to jelly bean plastic beads. 

It seems like only yesterday that we abandoned those diamond studs. Coloured gems like Aquamarine, Peridot, Amethyst, Citrine and stones like green Beryl, Jade and Turquoise have gained fresh followers. 

New style chandelier earrings like straight stiletto sticks are coming in.  This link is a nice example of a straight chandelier style perfect as a Valentine's day gift. You are reading an original fashion article written by Pauline Weston Thomas© at ©


Cocktail and Dress Rings

2005 sees the return of enormous cocktail or dress rings, chunky gothic poison rings and rings known as gobstopper rings.  These fun rings are jewellery pieces you wear on the right hand to match or highlight the colours of an outfit and bring attention to a beautifully manicured hand.  Dress rings are also perfect on hands that show the wrist zones of the new cropped jackets with shorter sleeves.

With three quarter and elbow cropped sleeves gaining momentum the time is ripe for the wonderful art deco Estate styled bracelets on offer.  The Boho version is of semi precious carved stones or plastics in cuff wide bangles with black, amber, rusty coral and deep yellow gold being the colours that look right.  Big statement jewellery is back in fashion.  Rappers made bling fashionable.  But sometimes less is more. 


It's worth mentioning that brooches have dived as fast as they rose.  The problem seems to have been overkill.  Everyone who already had a brooch or acquired one from grandma was happy to instantly pin them to lapel the minute they heard brooches were ok and suddenly brooches were everywhere.  They became a normal fashion before we even had chance to buy new ones in boutiques.  Just as suddenly they were nowhere to be seen.  What a pity - they can be cute and my research suggests individuals like them.  So let's put them back on.


Bags - Spring Summer Fashion Trends 2005

By day chunky handbags with straps and hardware almost like hold alls will be the fashion bag many adopt.  Anya Hindmarch and Jimmy Choo produce a workable bag capacious enough to hold a book or small bottle of water whilst remaining stylish.  Affordable bags in real leather that are large and capacious include the bags by Joe Floto.  Read more about my Floto Venezia mini bag review here in image planning.

Ruched leather sack size bags which have a squashy appearance and appear oversized make an appearance against bum bags set to return amid sporty types. 

By night streamlined animal skin clutch bags with real or mock croc or python effects will vie with small beaded bags. 

Whilst underarm bags have held stage for some years there is evidence of longer small neat shoulder bags with strap to the hip and worn across the body making a slow return.  Tula and Radley make great leather body bags in an attractive range of colours.

Shoes  - Spring Summer Fashion Trends 2005

Flats, wedges and platforms and stack heels are the next footwear that we lust after.  Wearing flat shoes is a trend that has been growing fast.  But keep them for day and wear your heels at night to feel grown up and sophisticated.

Sensible looking flat peep toe natural leather sandals worn with knitted tank tops that scream I made it myself, but produced for the high street give new options to those who don't want to opt for the metallic stiletto sandals also on offer.  Many natural earthy coloured flat thong Gladiator sandals have an African/Egyptian feel with embedded large cabochon beads atop a flat leather disc.

Steely silvers, burnished golds, black and white footwear and platinum flats vie for attention besides rounded T-bar shoes, Mary Jane styled crossbar strap shoes and printed platform sole shoes.  Tea dance shoes are high heeled and have straps and round toes.

Two tone, three tone and multi tone shoes bring new colour to the foot not seen since the 1980s.  Round toed shoes and sturdy heels will compliment cropped pants, knee length trousers and shorts as well as Bloomsbury style floral dresses in sprigged prints.

Flat boots are quite flat and wrinkle. Some have highwayman style cuffs.

Lets not forget patterned Wellington boots which should be arriving in the shops now.  Whether or not you will want a pair I have no idea - I know I don't and that's another matter though!

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Cloche hats of felt with visible saddle stitching or chunky bead embellishment make for easy to wear hats that are not obtrusive.  Floppy wide brimmed Biba style 1970s hats or flowerpot hats set the style.


Matching narrow fabric covered skinny tailored belts and buckles are used to emphasise the 50's feel to clothes, whilst deep wide belts in soft leathers, sometimes jewelled, studded, woven or ethnic coined will be worn set mostly at hip level and make the body appear longer.  Alternatives include obis sash belts cord belts and purses that dangle off belts.

Hair and Make Up  - Spring Summer Fashion Trends 2005

Hairstyles for 2005 include wavy ruffled, fluffed up hair much like the styles worn by Cate Blanchett in The Aviator and by way of contrast pared down sharp, chic streamlined bobs as well as a return to updos in the form of high Edwardian Pompadour teapot style chignons.   Austrian style plaits, ragged hair, teased pre Raphaelite tendrils and Rastafarian braiding pulled into tight updos are all some of the hair possibilities.

Red hair from strawberry blonde, amber, saffron, copper, through to flame to the plum of Kelly Osbourne will emerge as a favourite hair colour to sit beside blonde.  Julianne Moore the Revlon girl has red hair, so does Nicole Kidman the official face of Chanel in the 2004 Film style advert designed to put Chanel no 5 back on course since it slipped from it’s no 1 slot to around 4 or 5 in USA.  The ad was so expensive to make that Chanel is likely to use it for some years as it did the last time it made a big advertisement for No. 5 perfume.

Supermodel Erin O'Connor's hairstyle in the mode of Louise Brooks is a dramatically different look from the red hair and waves that will suit those opting for the skinny sharp chic look.  More importantly it's very wearable, easy to manage and working women like that.


Hair Accessories

In the film The Aviator in the 'it's a wrap party' scene look out for the use of orchids everywhere.   You'll be hard pressed not to notice the Orchids women wear in their hair as accessories and as corsages.   Are these the new brooches?  They are simply everywhere as are pearls, fur warps and art deco diamond earrings.  It's truly a visual feast for the senses for fashion lovers.  Read more about costume in The Aviator here.


Fashion will favour pencil thin eyebrows and that's a look that means eyebrows will need real attention. Waxing and plucking of brows is for the confident, so 2005 may be the year to check out a beauty salon and get eyebrows professionally shaped.  The sheer indulgence of the experience will reward you with the correct look in a fraction of the time it would you to achieve yourself.

And in case you missed the other pages....more looks worth mentioning include:-

Beaded and jewel encrusted sandals, charm bracelets, sashes on garments especially coats with sashes, mink boleros and shrugs, bucket bags, gunmetal leather and bronze silk, seventies fringing, crochet and macramé, coin and metal disc or heavy stone rope decoration, reptilian effects, military and safari chic, delicate crystals on fabrics and leathers all making for witty quirky styling that looks fresh and inspired.

Influence of Dancing - Strictly Ballroom - Strictly Glamorous

Following on from the BBC's Strictly Ballroom competitive celebrity dance series, one of the new fascinations UK society is the revival of contact dancing, where a man holds a woman and leads her across the dance floor, swirling her left and right as if she Ginger Rogers and he Fred Astaire.

This trend is back big time in Britain.  People everywhere are signing up for dance classes to learn to samba, salsa, do the merengue, the paso doble, the lambada, the tango or cha cha.  For dancing, clutch or fan style evening bags are chic, flesh toned tights, gold or other glittering metallic shoes with plenty of straps to secure them are also a must, as is a great updo hairstyle and a dress that shimmers and gives leg room for sways and fall backs.  These women who dance really want clothes to dance in.

Designers who cater for dancing include Roberto Cavalli and Michael Kors.  Designers who gave their catwalk shows volume, gypsy style and full 50's skirts are sure to be the winners.  Designers who do vulgar are likely to be ignored, but where people once dressed down they are now dressing up.  High street shops who do garments that like to be danced in include Monsoon and Frank Usher.  Whilst Accessorize will have any number of beaded bags that will lift the dullest of outfits. You are reading an original fashion article written by Pauline Weston Thomas© at ©

Read my consumer report about my Floto bag here.

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