7 Affordable Summer Accessories That Will Add Fun to Any Outfit

It's often touted in fashion circles that accessories make the outfit, and there is no time this notion rings truer than in spring and summer. With puffers and outfit-covering coats put away, the warmer months are when accessories can really shine, be it a sleek pair of shades, a statement-making necklace or a fun printed scarf

If you're looking to add a pop of personality to your look without breaking the bank, an interesting accessory is one foolproof way to do so. With this in mind, I set out to find some affordable summer accessories that will work to enhance any outfit. I trawled through the web, using influencers as my inspiration to see what's already trending online, and of course, the style set did not disappoint. 

From mood-boosting jewellery to sun-smart bucket hats to those ubiquitous chunky flats, keep scrolling for seven affordable accessory trends I'll be trying this summer. 

1. Printed Scarf


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Tie it around a basket bag, tie it around your ponytail, or tie it around yourself as a top at the beach. With a silk scarf, the summery options are practically endless. It's such a versatile accessory and one of the simplest ways to add a pop of pattern or colour to an outfit. 

2. Sun-Smart Bucket Hats


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Gone are the days of tanning with SPF 4 carrot oil. Now, we're all much more aware of the harm the sun can do to our skin, especially on our faces that see it the most. As well as SPF (of course), a hat is a great option for staying safe in the sun, and bucket hats might just be our favourite style for adding personality. Luckily, there is an array of cute ones on the high street to choose from, whether your vibe is floral and printed or minimalist and plain. 

3. Mood-Boosting Jewellery


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Don't get me wrong—I love classic silver and gold as much as the next person, but for summer, I also love to introduce some pieces that bring a little more joy. Think multicoloured necklaces, beaded bracelets and more. 

4. Retro-Inspired Scrunchie


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While they might remind some of the '80s, scrunchies are a great summer accessory. This summer they're chicer than ever before. Make like Carrie Bradshaw and add one to any and all of your looks, dressed up or down. 

5. Flatform Sandals


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No surprises here. Chunky sandals are once again at the top of the footwear list for 2022. Specifically flatforms—choose from strappy slides or thong sandals, as long as they've got a sturdy sole. 

6. Sleek Sunglasses


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This one is rather self-explanatory, as sunglasses are one of the summer essentials we rely on year after year. This summer, I'm opting for tortoiseshell frames and sleek silhouettes like oval, rectangle and cat-eye. 

7. Strappy Sandals


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On days when you want to upgrade from your chunky flats, strappy sandals are the way to go. There are plenty of great options floating around the high street. Plus, many of them come with block heels for added support. 

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Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 trends you need to know. 

Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.