Summer Accessories: The One Size Fits All of Fashion

It doesn’t matter if you’re curvy, thin, tall, short, or somewhere in between, accessories are one facet of fashion that can be worn almost universally. And when something fits well, it has the power to make a woman feel great, causing her to exude confidence, which also makes her look great. After all, some believe confidence is the very best “accessory” one can have.

For summer, though, I’m going to be touching on some of my favorite tangible outfit embellishments that also happen to be trending for the SS 2016 season. Right now I’m loving the twist on classics, reemergence of nostalgic throwbacks, and the embellishments that are popping up everywhere. So, from jewelry to handbags, we’ll be exploring an odyssey of exciting accessories.

Choker Necklaces

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Style experts from People agree: chokers have been on trend, and will continue to be through summer. And the more eye catching, the better. This high-end, multicolored choker from Rodrigo Otazu is said to feature a signature mix of glamour and roughness, with plenty of attention garnering bling. The varying hues and almost-hypnotic design of this necklace also ticks the bright and colourful kaleidoscope trend off the list.

Chunky Chain Bag

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The runways were flooded with chain-embellished handbags for the SS 2016 season. And Stella McCartney, the designer known for combining cruelty-free luxury with the latest trends, delivers once more with her chain-adorned tote. From the office to cocktail hour to a weekend jaunt, this is the perfect bag for the everyday.

Tiara Hair Accessories

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If you’re feeling regal, then hop on the tiara trend train this summer and don your favourite twinkling headpiece. I’m especially digging this gorgeous Imperial Moth gold and Swarovski crystal tiara from Vernissage Jewellery. Wear this with something as simple as a little black dress and show up in style for special occasions this season.

Bright Handbags

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Glamour’s SS 2016 trend report favours bold bags for the season. These vibrant purses are the perfect summer accessory and will add that much-needed pop to your ensembles. Dolce & Gabbana has your bright bag bases covered with this simple, neon yellow satchel that exudes luxury.

Ankle Bracelets

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Anklets are back this year, but they’re not all the dainty variety that we’re used to seeing. The runways have brought us chunky chains and double-layered, beaded ankle bracelets that defy the rules. I’ve chosen this unique Rosantica gold and turquoise anklet with filigree leaves that features a clasp fastener and toe loop for a beautiful boho look.

Botanical Jewelry

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When designers like Anna Sui and Carolina Herrera have florals and animals incorporated into their accessories, you just know it’s only a matter of time before the trend catches fire. From perching parrots to oranges and lemons, the feathered and fruity are not off limits. Lyst’s fashion team knows that getting summer ready requires the right accessories, so I’ve chosen this gorgeous pair of D&G clip-on floral earrings embellished with crystals that fit in with the botanical trend.

This summer, no matter your size, luxurious accessories pack a universally flattering punch. And whether it’s a chic handbag or an eye-catching choker, this year’s trends are easier than ever to follow. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about my favourite picks and will leave here inspired to have fun styling your wardrobe all season long.

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Tiaras and other fun accessories to try this Summer

How do you feel about accessorizing? If I had to chose, Spring and Summer would be my favourite seasons to go bold with accessories. Maybe it is because our legs are bare, our arms go sleeveless, or its time to dust off those backless dresses and off the shoulder tops. Now, what to do with all this freshly exposed skin? I know, pile some bracelets and layer them necklaces!

This season’s accessories are a feast for the eyes and include bold, corky and utterly dreamy pieces. It got me thinking that at some point this summer, we should all attempt to try at least one of these looks. There are many accessories you can choose from and the following are some of my favourites!


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The tiara

You may have spotted one of the biggest fashion bloggers, Chiara Ferragni, wearing a tiara during Coachella this year. While tiaras are typically worn by real princess, donning a tiara for your next night out may be the daring piece you have been looking for all season. Remember balance and try not to go too girly with this look. Pair your tiara with chunky Doc martins and maybe some dark eyeliner to bring an edgier feel to this look.

Statement necklaces

Pull another Chiara Ferragni, or follow along with other fashionistas like Kendall Jenner, who were wearing bold jewels at Coachella. These statement necklaces bring a level of drama to an outfit like no other. Find the statement necklace that suits your style (and frame!) and be sure to wear it for any occasion. The bonus is that you can easily take this look from the cubicle to the cocktail lounge.

Layered Necklaces

If large, chunky necklaces are not your thing, then try layering delicate necklaces for a softer more bohemian look. Layer them over a simple white shirt or draw some attention to your shoulders. Delicate necklaces are the perfect subtle accessories for gals with simple style.

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Cozy and dark colored capes belong in your winter wardrobe. But don’t forget colour and bold prints this summer and accessorize with flowy capes, even on the warmest days. Find a delicate piece — one that is made of lace or sheer and draped with pearls or crystals and turn a simple dress into an elegant look to wear for those special occasions. A shear layer can also help you hide from the sun and protect your skin.


Hair bands
The 80s and its cacophony of colors clearly transpires in the hair band accessory pieces found this season. From pompom hair bands to floral numbers, it seems like this spring your hair needs as much attention as the rest of your outfit. And yes, the scrunchy is back with a vengeance!

Stacked rings
Rings seem to have made a glorious comeback these past few years and this season be sure to pile those thin bands together and don rings on all of your fingers, even on your pinky!


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A hot new trend, and oh-so Parisian look this summer is the scarf! Neatly tied around the neck with a simple white shirt or paired with a midi dress can go a long way. Skip the necklace and opt for the scarf, which can be perfect to wear to the office and beyond and channel a look that will never go out of style.

So, have I inspired you to try any accessories this season? Are there other accessories you want to try working into your style this year? Share your thoughts below!

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