The matchy-matchy accessories trend taking over Instagram this summer

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Harriet Davey
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It’s all about creating the perfect pairings this season. 

There are so many shoe and bag trends this season we actually feel quite overwhelmed. 

Do we want to try out the dad sandals that are dividing the Nation, give a chic pair of mules a go or opt for the fail-safe flip flop? And that’s just shoes. Bags are a whole different entity all together – there’s the beach-ready basket bags, the Nineties style belt bags and there’s even arm-candy adorned with seashells ticking off one of summer’s key micro trends. You see it’s quite a lot to take in, but don’t panic there’s a simple styling trick to wearing any of them. 

Whichever bag and shoe combo you go for this season, you just have to match them. That’s right the Eighties styling trick loved by the likes of Princess Diana and formally only associated with wedding guest looks is back. Go matchy-matchy and you can’t go wrong. 

So yellow bag, team with yellow shoes. Animal print bag, pair with animal print shoes, pearl bag…you get the idea. Below we’ve rounded up some of our favourite accessory combination we’ve spotted on Instagram  recently. 

From weddings, to holidays to everyday dressing – this easy styling trick will update all your summer wares. 

1) Perfect pearls

Stylist Trine Kjaer from Copenhagen styles the cult Shrimps Antonia pearl bag (it also comes in pink, green and lilac, FYI) with matching embellished Jimmy Choo Sacora sandals. Get the look below with the new Shrimps buttercup bag and Asos mules. 

Shrimps buttercup faux pearl-embellished bag

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£440, Shrimps

Asos wide fit wings pearl embellished block heeled mules

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£40, Asos

2) Fancy feathers

Paris-based Ellie from @slipintostyle goes for fancy feathers and wins in the accessory department. Perfect for summer soirées or just those days you feel like being a little more dressy. Ellie wears the Strathberry Nano bag and Prada sellout mules – see our favourite feathered accessories below. 

Vanina Inagua faux pearl and feather tote

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£420, Vanina

Zara flat leather sandals with feathers

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£69.99, Zara

3) Animal prints

Be it leopard, snake, zebra or even cow – animal print has been key for 2019. Make like influencer and photographer Jessie Bush and go for a cool clash with the Uterqüe leopard basket bag (shop below) and snake print sandals. 

Uterqüe city bag

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£99, Uterqüe

By Far Brigette snake-effect leather slingback sandals

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£325, By Far

4) Sunshine shades

We’ve already told you how yellow dresses will make you feel instantly happy for summer, but shoes and bags in the sunshine shade are also big news. 

Freelance stylist Emili Sindlev goes for a Chanel quilted bum bag worn over the shoulder with classic Havaianas for the beach. Continue to see our yellow choices for evening from Ganni and Topshop.

Ganni beaded shoulder bag

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£240, Ganni

Topshop Roux neon cross strap mules

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£39.99, Topshop

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