The Summer Accessories Guide: What We Want Now


It’s entirely likely that these lynchpins already hold pride of place in your stable of summer accessories. However, should you feel the need to hit the refresh button, our best of the best edit—which covers miles of style and price-point ground—is a good place to start.

The Beach Bag

Not all beach bags are created equal: There are preppy canvas carryalls, sleek totes that are just as at home in the city as they are by the sea, and shock-of-color straw bags that double as storage baskets off-season.

The Espadrille

There’s an espadrille for every mood and need here, starting with a neoprene version for playing in the surf and ending with a dressed-up flatform you can take out on the town.

The Sunglasses

Reimagined in heavy acetate and avant-garde shapes, these dramatic shades are a far cry from tried-and-true aviators and wayfarers. Plus, they have substance, meaning they’ll hold their own with a heavy coat come winter.

The Sandal

The appeal of a good summer sandal is that no amount of tassels, pom-poms, or elaborate laces will take away its wearability, so shop with abandon.

The Statement Jewelry

The secret to pulling off statement jewelry in the dead of summer lies in lightweight metals (and the occasional seashell or silk tassel, as long as bulk is kept to a minimum).

The Mini Bag

While going hands-free is the obvious benefit of a miniature cross-body bag, the compact shape allows for plenty of experimentation with pops of color, ditzy florals, studs, and other nuances—without overwhelming.  

The Sneaker

The white sneaker is indispensable in hot weather (it goes with shorts, dresses, rompers…), and luckily, there’s an iteration to accommodate all levels of activity, from jogging to socializing. 

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