Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. For most people, that means warmer temperatures, longer days, and the chance to break out your summer wardrobe! Whether you’re on the sustainable clothing train and you want to make smarter choices with your fashion this year, or you’re just looking to save some money, it’s okay to avoid buying a bunch of new clothes for the season.
But, that might leave you feeling somewhat uninspired when it comes to your clothes from last summer.
Thankfully, one of the best ways to make any outfit feel new and fresh is to accessorise. With a few summer staples in your accessory drawer, you can bring new life to your wardrobe, and you can use your creativity to wear them in a variety of ways!
So, what are some “must-have” accessories you should be utilising this summer?
Whether you’re wearing a lot of neutrals or darker colors this summer, or if you’re choosing to shop for more organic materials, statement earrings can add a lot of depth to your outfit. Large earrings will make your outfit feel complete, while colorful ones can add a much-needed “pop” to any outfit.
The best part? The right pair of earrings can be dressed up or dressed down. So, you can wear them for multiple occasions, whether you’re going to a family cookout or a fancy night on the town.
A Small Crossbody Bag
There is nothing better than an accessory that is both fashionable and functional. A crossbody bag/purse is a great way to accessorize any outfit and carry everything you need without having to tote around a big, bulky purse.
Try to choose a crossbody that will work with multiple outfits. A neutral tone is a fantastic option. Or, try a handwoven look that is perfect for the beach or a day on the boardwalk. You can keep your sunscreen, phone, wallet, and all your additional summer needs with you at all times.
A single bracelet worn almost every day can become your “go-to” accessory, and a signature piece of your overall style. Bracelets are great because they’re inexpensive, they go with everything, and you can change them out as needed. Look for something that can be dressed up or down, like a Thomas Sabo Bracelet. Or, consider getting a set of multiple bracelets that you can wear at once, or separate for different looks.
There’s nothing quite like a pair of quality sunglasses in the summer. They serve double-duty, of course, since they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. But, sunglasses remain the epitome of “cool” in the summer, especially when you get the right ones to frame your face.
Aviator sunglasses have seen ups and downs over the years, but they are back in fashion again as people are gravitating toward a more ‘vintage’ approach to style. Aviators look great with almost anything, and you have the choice of whether to choose an expensive name brand or a more affordable option. It’s likely no one will ever know the difference, and you’ll look great either way!
A Floppy Hat
Another fashionable and functional accessory is a large, floppy sun hat – preferably one that can be folded and packed for all of your summer adventures! Some hats are even able to fold up completely so they can be put into a bag without collapsing or creasing.
Sun hats are popular every year and for plenty of good reasons. They’ve stood the test of time because they can protect you from the sun, they are easy to carry almost anywhere, and they can be worn with either a sundress or a more casual outfit for a day of fun. You can even wear it to the beach with your swimsuit! There’s no limit to the sun hat, which is why it should always be a staple in your summer wardrobe.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to add to your existing wardrobe with a few simple accessories. Truthfully, these suggestions are just scratching the surface. If you really want to make the most of what you already have, don’t be afraid to get creative with your accessories. Mix and match patterns and colors, add accents whenever possible, and find new ways to accessorize dressy and casual outfits.
When you’re willing to think outside the box and make the most of your accessories, you’ll feel like you have a completely new wardrobe without breaking your budget, and without contributing to textile waste.