I'm on the Hunt for New Yet Timeless Summer Accessories—These 6 Are at the Top of My Wish List

After the initial excitement of a change of season, and the enthusiasm it brings to dig out old favourites and swap the layers for linen, getting dressed everyday can begin to become a bit formulaic. We all start to gravitate towards certain dresses, sets and so on that we know look good, fit well, and suit the occasion, whether that's a day in the office or an afternoon catching up with friends at the pub. And even as I scroll through Instagram, I see my favourite tastemakers turning to the same staples time and time again. This makes sense, and is the kind of sustainable approach we should all be emulating—we don't need to be rushing every season to fill our wardrobe with new styles just because, after all. But how do these stylish faces manage to keep their daily looks feeling fresh and cool, even when rotating the same wardrobe fundamentals?

The answers is: accessories. And this season, there's an exciting slew of new trending pieces that are upgrading even the simplest outfit formulas.

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After some extensive scrolling (and people watching—sorry if you caught me staring at your outfit this week), I think I've identified a few key accessory trends that are standing out this season. Some of them are fun revivals of nostalgic trends, such as the Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe-inspired silk scarves tied over the head, or the contemporary twist on the classic pearl necklace. Others are sleek styles that will certainly suit the lifelong minimalist, including sculptural cuff bracelets and the timeless raffia tote, which has been reimagined this season in a range of silhouettes and colours.

If, like me, you're looking for some fun new accessories that feel both classic and on trend, you're in luck—I've done the work for you. Scroll on to discover my top picks for the summer season.

1. Silk Scarves

@monamali_ wearing a silk scarf and sunglasses

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Style Notes: Live out your Old Hollywood dreams this summer with help from a seriously chic silk scarf. Yes, the movie star-worthy accessory is well and truly back in style, bringing an elegant twist to almost any outfit—although we particularly rate tying it around your hair with a linen midi dress or shorts-and-vest combination. Not sure you want to go for the silver screen look? Tie yours around your neck or your handbag handle á la Jane Birkin.

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2. Pearl Jewellery

@isabellecoheen wearing a pearl necklace with a white dress

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Style Notes: Forget the strands your grandmother wore, this year pearl necklaces have had a very modern update. From coquettish necklaces to sculptural earrings that are basically wearable works of art, pearl jewellery is your new season must-have.

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3. Big Rings

@amaka.hamelijnck wearing a big ring and chunky chain

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Style Notes: This year, the bigger the ring, the better. Switch out delicate bands for chunky styles, whether they're elaborate or simple, a single tone or a mix of metals and adornments.

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4. Woven Basket Bags

@anoukyve wearing a basket tote with a top and trouser set

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Style Notes: If you invest in one bag this summer, make it a raffia tote. These woven bags are a true classic, meaning you can buy one this summer and know you'll get plenty of use out of it for years to come. Yes, they're perfect for taking to the beach, but this quiet luxury staple works just as well for weekend walks or afternoons in the pub.

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5. Cuff Bracelets

@nnennaechem wearing a cuff bracelet with a strapless maxi dress

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Style Notes: Bracelets have been somewhat overlooked for the past few years, but this season it's very much back in the spotlight. This year, trendsetters are swapping their stacks of delicate chains for statement cuffs. Sculptural and sleek, these add a refined touch to breezy summer styles.

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6. Bead Necklaces

@smythsisters wearing a bead necklace with a tank top

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Style Notes: Over the past few weeks, I've spotted so many influencers swapping their layered chains for a single beaded necklace. It feels nostalgic, in the best way. If the chunky round bead style doesn't suit, opt for a more summer holiday mood design of smaller, colourful beads instead.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Jess Kelham-Hohler is a freelance writer, editor and content strategist. She has been a contributor for Who What Wear UK since 2023. Currently based in London following six years in Washington D.C. and New York, she was previously the Digital Editor for Soho House & Co, an international group of private members’ clubs for creatives. She has interviewed a range of artists, creators and more, including Alighieri founder Rosh Mahtani, photographer Misan Harriman and fashion editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner. Today, she writes primarily about fashion, travel and culture for various publications, and has worked as a copywriter and content strategist for brands such as Belstaff, Olivela and Equinox.