Essential Summer Accessories

You’ve stocked up on your swimwear, picked out your summer wedding looks and you’ve got your daywear covered in pastels, prints and denim galore.  What next?  Now you’ve got your key looks sorted, it’s time to sort out your accessories.  We’ve put together our picks of the best looks from your favourite fashion brands to ensure you’ve got your summer accessories style sorted, from beach bags to waist belts and the hottest summer jewellery, we have everything you need in our summer picks below.

5 of the Best: Beach Bags

Forget about the must-have sunglasses or swimwear, all eyes are on the beach bag this summer.  Whereas once upon a time they were very generic and honestly, a bit ‘mumsy’, beach bags are now the must have holiday accessory.  This season’s beach bags are resplendent with slogans and patterns as well as bright detailing to help them really stand out.  Woven materials continue to be popular, although this season they’ve gone a style step further with metallic shades and bright whites to add a touch of glamour to your beach ensemble.


1. Braided Beach Slogan Tote, £29, Accessorize


2. White Metallic Laser Cut Beach Tote Bag, £37, River Island


3. Gold Metallic Straw Tote Bag, £12,99, New Look


4. Wildfox Bel Air Palms Canvas Beach Bag, £116, ASOS


5. Aycliffe Shopper, £29.50, Jack Wills

5 of the Best: Summer Hats

Nobody wants to come home from a day in the sun with fried hair and sunstroke, which is why that it’s more important than ever to wear a hat.  Summer hats have made a big impact in recent years, being a popular sight at festivals as well as on many celebrity as they show off their enviable style on the sand.  Show off your own fashion credentials by investing in a chic summer hat or two.  Our favourite styles this summer include large woven hats with additional bows and scarf details whilst straw trilbies continue to be the must-have item for achieving effortless boho cool on the beach.



1. Floppy Hat, £18, Warehouse


2. Leather Trim Trilby, £18, Miss Selfridge


3. Floppy Bow Hat, £20, Oasis


4. Whistles Wide Brim Sun Hat, £45, ASOS


5. Ombre Crown Weave Floppy Hat, £22, Accessorize

5 of the Best: Waist Belts

You’ve worked hard at the gym to get ready for your summer wardrobe, so why shouldn’t you show off your waist?  Even if you haven’t, you can still fake it to look like you have with a waist belt.  Waist belts are fantastic for pulling together an oversized shirt over your bikini on the beach or for making the most of your figure in a floaty skater dress. Embrace this season’s trends for bright colour and patterns with stripe and Aztec style designs, keep it ladylike with lace belts or go glam with a metallic waist clincher.


1. Wide Stretch Raffia Belt, £18, Topshop


2. Inspire Cream Crochet Stretch Belt, £6.99, New Look


3. White Metal Plate Waist Belt, £20, River Island


4. Bead Embellished Belt, £10, Florence and Fred


5. Mindy Metal Panel Stretch Belt, £17, Accessorize

5 of the Best: Summer Jewellery

Festival fashion has definitely had an effect on this season’s jewellery trends, with plenty of colour and detail to bring you the hippie princess look even when not in a field!  From elegant headpieces to jewel coloured drop earring and gold detailed bangles, there are plenty of fun, embellished styles for you to try out this season.


1. Gold Head Chain, £8.50, Miss Selfridge


2. Colourful Teardrop Earring, £6.50, Wallis


3. Crystal Flower Filigree Stretch Bracelet, £12, Oasis


4. Gold Pastel Thread Wrap Bangles, £5.99, New Look


5. Gold Tone Encrusted Finger Top Rings Pack, £8, River Island

5 of the Best: Sunglasses

Some of this season’s most popular styles take inspiration from classic, vintage looks.  Think of styles worn by Jackie O, Thelma and Louise and others and you’ll soon understand why they’re making a comeback.  Choose frames in bright colours or white designs for the perfect retro look, whilst timeless styles such as aviators and wayfarers will continue to be a popular look on the beach and on the streets this summer.


1. Textured Jackie Cateye Sunglasses, £16, Topshop


2. Olivia Round Sunglasses, £14, Accessorize


3. Gold Tone Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses, £10, River Island


4. Pink Retro Sunglasses, £3.99, New Look


5. Rayban Matte Blue Wayfarer Sunglasses, £120, ASOS

Summer accessories are the best way to transform your looks, stock up on everything you need for holidays and get yourself ready for the beach.  With plenty of new hot accessories being added every day, you’ll never be short of anything you need to showcase the latest summer trends.

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