The Only Accessories You Really Need This Summer

It’s finally summer, and beyond the obvious addition of a floaty sundress and a one-piece, there are a few other simple ways to upgrade your warm-weather wardrobe. Enter new-season accessories.

To guide us through our accessory overhaul and the numerous trends flooding our Instagram feeds right now, we’ve turned to some of our favourite influencers for some much-needed sartorial inspiration. From styles guaranteed to make an impact to wallet-friendly high-street options to investment pieces that’ll serve you for many seasons to come, consider this your complete guide to successful summer accessorising.

Keep scrolling to see (and shop) the hottest buys to be seen with now.

Slim Sunglasses


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If you haven’t yet invested in the super-small sunnies trend, then now is the time. Look to slim tortoiseshell frames, or why not opt for something retro and try ASOS’s white iteration?

Huge Hats


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That’s right: Sun hats have graduated from sleek and subtle to super-sized wide-brim styles topped with silky bows that double up as ultra-chic neckties, allowing your showstopper to sit neatly on your shoulders when not being worn. There’s nothing subtle about this season’s most covetable hat trend.

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Gold Jewellery


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There’s really no better time to fashion gold-tone jewellery (fine or statement) than during the balmy summer months. Finish your wedding guest outfit with a structural pair of earrings, or offset a basic tee and jeans combo with some medallion necklaces layered alone or together; it’ll always be a winning option.

Strappy Sandals


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This is a no-brainer. Summer most definitely calls for strappy sandals, but this season, we’re looking to block mid-heels and styles that nod to the ’90s.

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A Woven Bag


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While we are always partial to a straw bag, or even a standout beaded tote, you just can’t deny the appeal of a neutral woven bag for summer. Choose between something circular, square or a bucket shape. Your wardrobe will thank you for this one.

Statement Slides


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While tan leather slides will forever remain a staple part of any hardworking summer wardrobe, there’s nothing better than dressing from the feet up in something statement. Take your cue from Olivia Purvis and try something topped with a giant buckle. Better yet, go for something jacquard or covered in polka dots. All of these options will boost your off-duty denim (and your mood) in a flash.

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