The Top Accessories to Wear this Summer

With summer making a fast approach with hot days and long nights, it is finally time to embrace the great trends of the season. This summer it is all about bold colour! With designers using bright, vibrant colours on their runways, the accessories naturally reflect the clothes. And with a new season of clothing comes a new season of accessories. From beautifully accented stone rings to simple neutral purses, these top accessories show how one, two or more accessories can transform a summer outfit.

Eclectic Coloured Bangles & Necklaces

It is all about thick, chunky bangles that come in colours such as neon pink, teal and bright gold or pendant necklaces with a wild orange colour pendant hanging at the bottom. By adding just one or two bright bangles or vibrantly inspired necklaces, you can take your outfit from blah to bold in an instant.

Check out Forever 21’s Colours & Flowers Bangle, $9.80. Available at Forever 21.

Neutral Handbags

Somewhat shifting from the bohemian and neutral trend of last summer, this summer is all about simply hued browns and camels that add volumes of classic and sophistication to an outfit. A caramel coloured handbag, as seen in the Ralph Lauren summer collection, can add a hint of subtleness to a yellow dress or a pair of distressed denim shorts. Another great thing about this perfectly toned accessory is that it makes the perfect handbag to transition from the summer into the fall.

Check out Michael Kors’ Hamilton Medium Messenger Bag in Luggage, $248. Available at Michael Kors.

Platform Wedges

It can be safely said that wedges are the ˜it’ accessory this summer. We have seen them on all the runways, coming in all sorts of colors and designs. Platform wedges are perfect because no matter how petite or tall you are, the height and sleekness of the wedge can help define your ankles and make your legs look great! What girl doesn’t love to look like she has legs that go on forever? And if you already own a pair of wedges you know that having one pair is not enough because they can go with about every outfit. Try wearing platform wedges with a pair or shorts or a maxi dress to give you that statuesque goddess look.

Check out Michael Kors’ Leather Strapped Platform Wedges in Beige, on sale for $169.98. Available at Browns Shoes.

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Vintage Style Sunglasses

This accessory channels the fashion of the 1950s with shapely lens and cat-eye frames. Many celebrities such as Nicole Richie and of course retro diva Katy Perry have been seen wearing these eye shape-defining sunglasses. The best way to try this trend for yourself is to look for a pair of sunglasses that have a unique shape or have an intricate detail to them such as pointed tips at the side or a colour-blocking pattern on the outside frame.

Check out Aldo Accessories’ Brundin Cat-Eye Shades in Brown, $12. Available at Aldo Accessories.

Detailed Clutches

Remember when clutches were only worn with formal outfits? Well, this summer clutches are the perfect accessory for casual work wear or to spice up a special date outfit. The clutch has become the perfect rectangular addition that has all the benefits of a basic handbag, but with a little flair. It comes in various styles but the more popular style this summer is clutches with extreme detail. These details include snakeskin patterns, bold neon colours and exquisite gold trimming and clasps. Consider adding a clutch to any of your outfits this summer to add a little classic sophistication.

Check out French Connection’s Cleo Haze Embellished Clutch, $158. Available at French Conneciton.

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