As summer heats up, we understand the urge to wear as little as possible. It’s hot out there! We do, however, make sure not to let it get the best of us. Our trick for keeping it together when it feels like we’re melting? The power of great accessories. A few specially selected pieces can instantly elevate even the most austere shirtdress or pair of denim cut-offs. Our Fashion Editor & Writer, Toni Mills, is a master of staying stylish even when the weather gets crazy, so she’s sharing her tips for simple but strategic accessory pairings to stay on-trend for the season and set your look apart. Read on for her sartorial wisdom and check out our latest lookbook Ready, Go for more effortless inspiration.
“For the risk-takers, try mixing prints and patterns in expected ways this summer. The more patterns the better as long as you keep them in a similar color family. I’m predicting this retro rectangular shape to be the next sunglasses trend, a departure from the rounded styles we’ve been seeing so much of. This floral Dolce & Gabbana wrap dress also doubles as a fun, lightweight duster for these hotter months. Double win!”
“There’s a big focus on cinched waists this season so a wide belt is the perfect accessory to change up a whole outfit and play with proportions. Give those floaty tops new life! The best bags are either mini or extra-large recently, so this luxe tote is on-trend and the perfect finishing touch on any look. I go for bold, geometric shapes when it comes to jewelry to make a statement when I want to keep everything else easy.”
“If you’re going to invest in any clothing piece for summer, make it an easy, versatile dress that works both in the office and on the weekend. The key is accessorizing it to fit the occasion. I’m loving stacked jewelry and pairing interesting cuffs with more subtle everyday pieces like a bangle. Adding sandals, ankle boots or mules changes the whole look depending on where you’re going.”
“I’m absolutely obsessed with this Simon Miller Bonsai bag! Bucket bags are my current favorite, and this cheery yellow is the perfect pop of color for summer. An elevated strappy sandal is a must-have and works just as well with a party dress as it does on the beach. Also an interesting jewelry trend I’ve noticed lately are pinky rings. I like something classic like this Cartier Trinity ring with rose gold and diamonds. Summer is the best time to try new trends and see what you like.”
“Animal print has made a surprising comeback this season, especially when it comes to handbags and accessories. Adding a touch of it with an elevated material like leather is the best way to wear it. Super easy suede slides are one of the most sought after shoe styles on TRR. Try a pair in any color; I’m loving this vibrant blue. Chunky gold jewelry gives your whole look an added luxurious feel.”