Our Favorite Runway Accessory Trends –done right!

We’ve already spoken to the Fall/Winter 2023 Ready-to-Wear trends, so it’s time to spotlight the accessories. 

Now, you might wonder how seasonal trends work within a sustainable wardrobe. Most of the time they don’t. Trend cycles have become so quick that items are barely worn more than once before they’ve become irrelevant. Personally, when I want my outfit to feel more “trendy,” I don’t opt to purchase a trending item. I participate in a trend through silhouettes, fabrics, or styles. I.e. not buying the specific hot pink Zara shoes everyone on TikTok has but instead thrifting a bright-colored kitten heel because statement shoes have made a comeback. 

Before we cancel the enjoyment of highlighting runway trends, I’m here to show you how you can shop trends more intentionally. Below are four accessory trends I’ve seen on the runways. I’ve then shopped for similar options from conscious brands. You can enjoy fashion, and wear accessories that are having a moment. Just ensure you’re choosing classic, well-made pieces that can be reinterpreted all year round. When deciding which brands to include, I’ve looked at their materials, and the impact production has on people and the planet.

Shop consciously!

statement earrings

Statement Earrings

faris | badoula gem drops

All FARIS jewelry is made-to-order in the brands Seattle-based studio. The metal used can be infinitely recycled and the brand repurposes leftover castings that aren’t needed anymore. 

gold and pearl statement earrlygs
heart earrings

laura lombardi | beatta earrings

Laura Lombardi pieces are made in New York City from mostly upcycled materials. The Beatta earrings are hand assembled from platinum plated brass.

Cheyanne Symone | adeline dangle earrings

All Cheyanne Symone jewelry is handmade in the USA by Indigenous or Native American artisans. The brand offers lifetime repairs on each piece of jewelry.

dome earrlings

stella fluorescent | nested dome earrings

The Doma Luna collection is made by hand in the Bay Area, California. This collection is a collaboration between metalsmith Diana O’Connor and uses oil paints made with pigments hand harvested and mixed by Anong Beam of M’Chigeeng First Nation. Each item is hand forged and hand painted. 

The Bigger the Bag
the Better the Day

oversized handbag in cactus leather

santos by monica | xl agave tote

All Santos by Monica pieces are handmade to order in the USA. Each piece is crafted from a vegan “leather” made of cactus fibers from Mexico with organic cotton lining. 

Stella McCartney | Frayme raffia bag

The Frayme raffia bag is made from forest-friendly viscose-blend raffia. The bag is hand-crafted in Italy. 

raffia bag
the trench tote

advene | the trench tote

Advene has been climate neutral since August 2022. The Trench Tote is made of 100% Italian organic cotton with a 100% traceable leather trim. The bag was handmade in a carbon-neutral facility in Venice, Italy. 

Modern Weaving | Tall Cross-body bag

Modern Weaving’s Pieces are handcrafted in the USA and made from Italian leather. The brand utilizes laser and die cutting technology to minimize waste. 

Square Toed Footwear

brother vellies | lauryn boot

The Lauryn boots are made using vegetable-tanned leather. Brother Vellies is to keep traditional African design practices alive. The shoes are ethically handmade by artisans in South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, or Ethiopia. 

LoQ | Adria

LoQ’s shoes are designed between Los Angeles and India and are handcrafted in the south of Spain. Each shoe is made from vegetable-tanned leather. 

preppy square toed loafers

nomasei | nono loafers

Each pair of Nomasei shoes are crafted at a small family-run factory in the Montopoli village in Tuscany. Most of their raw materials are sourced throughout Europe to lower the brand’s carbon emissions.

Mari Giudicelli | Alice pump

Mari Giudicelli’s pieces are handmade in Brazil at a  3rd generation family-owned factory in the rural farmland outside of São Paulo. Any leftover fabric or leather scraps are donated to Franca NGO, a non-profit that empowers women through arts and crafts.

orange square toed pumps

Skinny Belts with
big personalities

janessa leone | belt 07

Made from responsibly sourced leather, the 07 belt is handcrafted in small batches in Los Angeles, USA. 

nisolo | talia belt

The Talia belt is hand braided in Peru, in a factory owned and operated by Nisolo.

stelar | meno woven belt

This relaxed style belt fastens with a wraparound knot that allows you to adjust the size to fit you easily. Every belt comes with its own unique code that connects you with the artisan that handcrafted your item for you. Handwoven in Bali

rope belt on model

–Rachael Noll

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