10 Essential Accessories to Upgrade Your Summer Style
Summer is all about vacation getaways, long weekends in the sun, and beach bumming. It’s also the ideal season to overhaul your wardrobe. After all, what’s the perfect summer look without the best accessories for women?
From chic tote bags and summer scarves to playful statement earrings, these are the must-have accessories to accessorize your summer look.
1. Shady ladies
Summer eyewear is a warm-weather essential. Not only do sunglasses prevent early onset wrinkles, but the right pair of sunnies will also flatter your face and make a statement.
While you can opt for high profile designers, don’t sleep on indie brands that add a twist to classic styles.
Stylish eyewear like WeWOOD sunglasses, for example, are made from exotic, reclaimed hardwoods. Not only are they fun and unique, but they’re also crazy-affordable.
2. White out
If the 2018 party-season savior was the little black dress, this year’s must-have summer dress is its bohemian cousin. No matter your summer itinerary, from city commutes to weekend getaways, a white dress creates the perfect summer silhouette.
Effortless and chic, a white dress can be elevated in a number of ways. A tailored blazer will make any white dress city-appropriate. Similarly, a white grosgrain ribboned straw hat and strappy sandals complete the perfect vacation look.
3. Seasonal bloom
From weekday offices to far-flung destinations, make a bold statement with this season’s must-have – the floral print dress. From sweetheart necklines and dainty straps, floral print dresses are a desirable and elegant summer fling.
Give your floral print dress an instant lift with a chic evening clutch or a denim jacket for a surprisingly casual look.
4. Toting around
Few accessories update your summer ensemble as effortlessly as a good tote. The perfect carry-all, tote bags are roomy enough for all your daily essentials (think: wallet, phone, keys, charging cord, sunnies, toiletries, etc.), yet stylishly sleek for any occasion.
For the perfect ever-chic tote bag, shop for styles that marry form and function and feature multiple interior and exterior pockets. Brands like Longchamp, Everlane, and Coccinelle are instant wardrobe staples.
5. Sultry layers
Channel your inner artist and pile on the necklaces.
Multi-layered necklaces are a 2019 summer must-have accessory. And the best thing about layering necklaces is that there are no rules. With so many textures, colors, and materials to choose from, there are limitless ways to make a stylish statement.
6. Shell shock
Seashells were spotted throughout numerous Spring/Summer 2019 runways, setting the tone for a wave of shell-shaped jewelry. From crafted shell necklaces to shell-studded headbands, this coveted summer accessory incorporates pearls, beads, and semi-precious stones, capturing that Californian surf spirit.
7. Hat trick
Headgear typically incites a lot of opinions. And few headgear silhouettes spark as much conversation as the cult-favorite bucket hat. Despite summer 2019 being all about shell-embellished hairbands and pearl clips, bucket hats are having their millinery moment.
Even as bucket hats are being championed by brands like Dior, Prada, and British designer Emma Brewin, their boxy style can cause one to feel hesitant to don this retro classic. To effortlessly transform this accessory from faux pas to fashionable fun, go with textured design.
Vinyl, leather, and wicker will give your look a layer of sophistication as well as added sartorial points.
8. Making a splash
Even though one-piece swimsuits made their debut last summer, the look continues to make waves in 2019. One-piece swimsuits are flattering and effortless, and they accentuate your body in all the right places. From bold colors to stylish prints, there are many ways you can update this classic look.
For an added twist, adorn your one-piece with a metal buckle belt or your favorite denim cutoffs for a chic summer look that never goes out of style.
9. Dance the night away
The start of summer is the official signal to stow away your heavy winter boots and break out those opened-toe shoes. Despite sandals offering a style spectrum unmatched by any other summer trend, one style is a breakout hit – the barely-there naked sandal.
Similar to bucket hats, naked sandals bring back some serious ‘90s nostalgia. These minimalist sandals can be worn with virtually anything, from chic floral dresses to designer bodysuits.
If you prefer something with a bit more structure, leather sliders are having their moment in the sun.
10. These heels are made for walking
If you’re not a fan of the open-toe look or if sandals are too informal for the office, heels are an incredibly versatile way to bring refined style to your outfit.
Heeled slingbacks, for example, perfectly balance that open-air feel with closed-toe professionalism. Wedged espadrilles also offer a timeless summer look that will never go out of style. Pair these with a button-up skirt and straw hat to look chic no matter the occasion.
New season, new you
From swapping trousers for shorts and breaking out your best sandals, summer is the perfect season to up your style game.
The 10 summer accessories in our list above are not only this year’s hottest trends, but they’re also essential pieces that will last you all season. The best part? They’re the perfect accessories for any occasion, whether you’re heading into the office or to that well-deserved weekend trip out of town.
Which must-have summer accessory are you most excited about?
Victoria Maksheeva is the CEO of Brandable SA. Founded in 2016, Brandable is a luxury fashion online retailer established in Switzerland. The store offers collections from well-known designers around the globe specialising in luxury clothes and accessories for women, men and children.