Put your own stamp on fashion with customised accessories and personalised clothing.
In case you missed it, one the biggest fashion and beauty trends right now is customisation. Now more than ever, women and men want to be able to create their own style and personalise pieces to suit their own vision of fashion.
Customised fashion and beauty used to be a service exclusively available to those able to spend thousands on a handbag or a suit. But today, there are websites and stores popping up everywhere that allow people to put their own stamp on what they wear.
Sites like Mon Purse not only allow you to monogram your leather accessories but you can design and create your own bag from scratch. Then there are brands like Nike and Ray-Ban that have established a customisation division, allowing their customers to create their own bespoke pairs of shoes and sunglasses.
If you’re looking for some Insta-cool leather accessories or maybe the perfect gift for someone special, scroll through to see our list of personalisation trends and where to buy them.
Printed and embroidered tees
Slogan and printed T-shirts are one of those fashion trends that never get old. Almost every store sells them and the fashion crowd loves them. So taking cues from fashion-forward designers like Henry Holland and his model "I'm Yours For A Tenner Kendall Jenner" and “Let’s Breed Bella Hadid” tees, why not create one of your very own? Sites like Vistaprint let you design your own imagery and fonts and will create your design for an affordable price. There are also sites like Keep It Personal that allow you get denim shirts, tees and more embroidered with your name.
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Monogrammed and personalised leather
Easily one of the biggest fashion trends of the last few years is monogrammed leather accessories. From handbags to pouches and luggage tags to phone cases, stores like Mon Purse and The Daily Edited allow you to choose leather accessories and print them with your initials (or your whole name). You can choose from gold lettering, blind emboss and more to match with your own personal style. If you want to take customisation to the next level, Mon Purse and Dizaind Bags will actually let you design your own bag from top to bottom.
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As seen on the streets of fashion weeks around the world, personalising your denim with patches is one of the hottest trends to jump on. It’s also one of the most affordable. You can get iron-on denim patches from ASOS for around $10. Add a couple to your jeans or plaster a denim jacket – whatever you like! It’s really easy to create statement-making, personalised denim.
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By now you’ve probably heard about the phenomenon called Shoes of Prey. Can’t find the shoes you want in-store? It doesn’t matter because Shoes of Prey allows you to design the style, heel height, colour, fabric and more. You can literally design a pair of shoes from scratch. What you probably didn’t know is that brands like Nike also allow you to design your own shoes. Head to the NikeiD site and you can create your own custom pair of sneakers. You can even get a name printed on the back. Now if that’s not the perfect Christmas present, what is?
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Yep. You can even personalise your sunglasses. Ray-Ban has a special customisation section on its site that allows you to choose materials, frame shape, lens colour and more. They’re roughly the same price as stock standard Ray-Bans. Plus you can add engravings to the arms for no extra cost.
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Personalised beauty products are part of the new wave of customisable products. Up-and-coming stores like The Lip Lab will mix, cook and create custom lipsticks right before your eyes. This is perfect for those girls who can’t find a shade that suits them, you can literally have one made for you instead of shopping off the shelf. Then there are long-standing brands like Jo Malone who are jumping on the personalisation bandwagon. Jo Malone offers a service called fragrance combining, which allows you tailor your own fragrance.
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Anything and everything
If you want to take the personalisation trend to the next level you can visit sites like Zazzle and Society6 that will let you personalise anything and everything. Create custom tote bags, quilt covers, T-shirts, wall clocks and more. Pick from existing designs or upload your own creation and have Zazzle print it on almost anything you can think of. Society6 allows you to choose from its archive of thousands of artworks and pick one to be transformed into whatever you like.
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