6 Summer Accessory Trends All the Cool Girls Are Suddenly Wearing

Truth be told, I'm more of a fall style girl, but nothing beats summer accessories. Summer accessory trends have the power to make your outfits infinitely more fun. It may be unbearably hot outside, but if I get to wear a cute pair of earrings and a Miu Miu hat, I actually don't mind the heat as much. Just like the overarching theme in fashion this year, the biggest accessory trends of the summer are a mix of playful and elegant. Next to those seashell earrings, you'll find top-handle vanity bags. (More on those later.)

Below, I've highlighted six summer accessory trends I keep seeing stylish people wear—from Australia to NYC. These universally loved trends are impactful enough to make even your plainest summer outfits look special. If you're interested in improving your summer outfits and looking on-trend, keep scrolling to shop the accessories everyone will compliment you on.

Woman wearing a white linen dress and a headscarf.

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Vanity Bags

Vanity bags inspired by the viral, impossible-to-find Loro Piana Pouch Bags have become one of the biggest trends of the season. Bottega Veneta and Savette vanity bags are also flying out of stock.

Woman wearing a short dress and Bottega Veneta sunglasses by the water.

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Metal-Frame Sunglasses

Acetate frames aren't going anywhere, but metal frames are quickly catching up. Celine's metal Triomphe frames became an It item last year, and now, Prada, Khaite x Oliver Peoples, and a slew of other brands are getting on the metal-frame train.

Woman wearing a pink outfit with seashell jewelry.

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Seashell-Motif Jewelry

Seashell jewelry is as summery as it gets. It's the perfect pairing for a swimsuit or a white linen dress. Brands like Jenny Bird are doing it really well right now.

Woman wearing a large raffia tote.

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Raffia Tote Bags

Raffia bags are basically the mascot of summer, and this summer in particular, extra-large raffia totes are on the arms of the chicest people.

Emili Sindlev wearing a pink outfit with a bandana headscarf.

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Headscarves are the perfect complement to an elegant outfit, and influencers and celebrities such as Elsa Hosk are all in on the trend.

Woman wearing a sheer kaftan and a bikini with a cord necklace.

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Cord Necklaces

Cord necklaces have been trending for a minute, but the summer is when they really shine. Choose one with a sculptural pendant for the most elevated look.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.