It is not a surprise that we have recently seen the world of technology accessories taking a more fashionable approach in the design of their products. With technology being so apparent in our everyday lives, products ranging from speakers and headphones to iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 cases have reflected this fashion influence, allowing people to express their individuality. There are definitely some stand-out trends affecting this evolution of tech and mobile accessories, all of which have been seen on some of the most influential runways in fashion, so we have pulled out a few of the most prevalent below to give you the top 5 fashion trends influencing tech accessories.
The natural retro vibe has begun to grow back in to fashion in the form of wooden accessories, as noted by Vogue who points to the bags and wooden platforms seen in the Resort 2014 collections of everyone from Michael Kors to Chloe. The same is true in the world of mobile and technology accessories. See some of our favorites in the market below.Triple C ‘iSolar Backup’ Portable Solar Battery ($45, Nordstrom) | 2. Driftwood iPad Dock ($108, Anthropologie) | 3. Triple C ‘BluBoom’ Portable Speaker ($74, Nordstrom) | 4. iPhone 5 Zebrawood Case ($50, Case-Mate) | 5. Hasselblad Stellar Zebra Wood Camera ($1,950, HasselBlad Stellar via Werd.com)
Leather arrived as a strong trend on the 2013 Spring runways this past season, with more lightweight options than have been previously characterized by the classic material to accompany the traditional cropped leather jacket and skinny leather pants. Elle pointed out this particular shift in their 2013 Spring Trend Guide, and we are seeing the same trend in tech accessories, with leather options ranging from leather tech gloves to quilted leather headphones. Discover some of our favorites from designers like Kate Spade below.Kate Spade New York Quilted Logo Leather Tech Gloves ($148, Bloomingdales) | 2. A.L.C. X Frends 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection Exclusive Taylor Headphones ($275, Intermix Online) | 3. Trendy Techy Black Quilted iPad Bag ($20, Miamica) | 4. iPhone 5 Madison Case ($80, Case-Mate)
The runways of Spring 2013 also saw metallic accents in everything from shoes and handbags to jewelry as documented by FashionMagazine.com. Though, metallics accents may not seem like a novel concept for tech accessories, we have seen a shift from solely the traditional silvers to the inclusion of fashionable metallic colors such as rosegold and the pairings of different textures, such as polished and brushed.Stelle Audio Pillar ($349, Stelle Audio Couture) | 2. ‘Taylor’ Headphones ($199.99, Nordstrom) | 3. Damier Graphite USB Key ($540, Louis Vitton) | 4. iPhone 5 Brushed Aluminum Case ($50, Case-Mate) | 5. ‘Ella B’ Earbuds ($99, Nordstrom)
Shine and sparkle seem to always be on trend in fashion, but for spring 2013 it was all about everyday bling. Daytime shine became the new daring fashion statement, according to Instyle, and with sequins and rhinestones no longer only for a night out, we began to see this trend infiltrating the world of everyday tech and mobile accessories as well.iPhone 5 Champagne Glam Case ($50, Case-Mate) | 2. Audio Technica Headphones w/Swarovski Elements ($564, CrystalRocked.com) | 3. Everwanted Glitter Mini Speaker ($21.95, Zazzle) | 4. Swarovski Crystalline Memory Stick ($60, Macys) | 5. Iridescent Beauty Glitter Laptop Skin ($40, Etsy)
Everyone from Elle and Cosmo, to even Oprah noted the 2013 Spring print trend that was seen abundantly on the runway in every form from floral to graphic, strips to tribal, and all prints in between. With so many print possibilities, they began to pop up fairly quickly in the tech accessories space from designers such as Jonathan Adler and Lilly Pulitzer.Lily Pulitzer Floral Print Mobile Charger ($28, Nordstrom) | 2. Kate Spade Harrison Stripe USB ($50, Kate Spade New York) | 3. Urban Outfitters Printed Earbuds ($4.99, Wanelo) | 4. iPhone Jessica Swift Giselle Print Case ($40, Case-Mate) | 5. Jonathan Adler On-The-Go iPhone 5 Charger ($38, Horchow)
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