Style switchers: The rise, fall and rise of interchangeable fashion

Here are some of the coolest brands dabbling in interchangeable garments and accessories

Jenny Hewett
Jenny Hewett - Special to Al Arabiya English
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When it comes to trends, none is more cyclic than interchangeable fashion. After decades spent mastering the art of periodic revival, the trend has become notoriously known as fleeting but frequent. Ever since the introduction of reversible clothing in the late 80s and early 90s, it's been fighting an uphill battle.

Interchangeable fashion has struggled to maintain the novelty it briefly endured when first entering the market many moons ago. Somewhere along the way, a shift occurred in the consumer. The practicality of interchangeable fashion eventually deemed it passe. Until now, that is.

Finally, the world's top authorities on style, including design houses Prada, Fendi and Louis Vuitton, are paying homage to the trend in a way that has never been more fashionable. Here are some of the coolest brands dabbling in interchangeable garments and accessories.

Whether it's the floral charms seen at Prada or Fendi's stripes and studs, interchangeable bag straps are the fashion statement of the season. Flirty, playful and fun, they instantly update iconic styles and add a stamp of individuality to those generic designer totes.



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These boots weren't made for walking. No, they require swagger. Aussie designer Milu Evans is the creative force behind this fierce brand of leather kicks, known as Dear Milu. Versatile, comfy and of exceptional quality, the boho-biker boots are available in black and tan and come with embellished, interchangeable harnesses which can be purchased separately. Better than that, they ship internationally.

As if the brazen prints and shapely cuts weren't enough to woo you, quirky New York designer Mara Hoffman has gone and made a selection of her swimwear pieces reversible. The collection features a host of statement-worthy styles you can turn inside out, including cut-out triangle tops, high-waisted briefs and bandeau sets. Head here to see reversible styles,

Finally, a way to take your outfit from day to night without lugging around two pairs of shoes. These stylish removable click-in heels from luxury Parisian shoe designer Tanya Heath come in a range of heights, styles, prints and colours. With quirky details such as skull and crossbones and graphic stripes, they transform simple sandals into stage-worthy stilettos in an instant. Peruse to your heart’s desire at

The smart fashion statement of the century, the Apple Watch clicks in and out of interchangeable straps, so you can personalise your look according to your mood. As well as colourful sporty styles, they offer woven nylon, chic stainless steel mesh or links and a classic leather buckle. But we're gaga about the collaboration with French designer Hermes, which marries two icons, the Apple Watch and the Hermes signature leather double tour bracelet or cuff. Find out more here.


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