Last year, summer debuted in full force with the hottest fanny packs, leopard prints galore and neon accents; and this year, there’s even more exciting trends to enjoy. If you’re about to embark on a summer shopping spree – and, more precisely, on an accessory shopping spree – then our top five list of items to watch is a must-read. From the exotic Tahitian pearls to the bright and bold top knots, here are five hot summer accessories under $200.
Last year, summer debuted in full force with leopard prints galore and neon accents; and this year, there’s even more exciting trends to enjoy. If you’re about to embark on a summer shopping spree – and, more precisely, on an accessory shopping spree – then our top five list of items to watch is a must-read. From the exotic Tahitian pearls to the bright and bold top knots, here are five hot summer accessories under £200.
1. The Ultimate Straw Bag: The Kayu Isabel Straw Tote, £112
They were a hit last year, but this season, they are experiencing a colossal fashion moment. We’re talking about straw bags – or, rattan bags, woven bags – aka the number one must-have summer accessory if you’re all about that boho-meets-urban vibe. And this circle tote from Mytheresa ticks all the right boxes: it’s versatile enough to take with you both to the beach and to brunch and sturdy enough for all your summertime essentials. Its perfect match: a ruched bikini and a maxi in a summery print and you’re good to go!
2. Exotic Bling: The Tahitian South Sea Pearl Devon Pendant, £179
White might be the go-to, but this season brings with the most exotic, iridescent black pearls, ready to twinkle in the sun all summer long. No longer just for nighttime, black pearls come on everything from rubber and leather (hello, surfer-style chokers!) to sterling silver and white gold, ready to add that extra note of shimmer to any attire. And this Tahitian South Sea Pearl Devon Pendant from Laguna Pearl is the go-to item you need when you’re aiming to elevate your look, whether you’re headed to the festivals or to dinner out.
3. Customized Staples: The Make-Your-Own Ray-Ban Sunnies, Starting from £157
There are currently lots of shades trending around – from the shield designs that cover your cheekbones to the neon 90s styles and geometrically-cut designs, the market is loaded with quirkiness. And while fun, quirky styles are always a hoot, they simply can’t dethrone a classic – and it doesn’t get more quintessentially classic than the Ray-Bans. Our pick: these Make-Your-Own Ray Ban Sunnies, which come with the option of complete customization. From the frames to the lenses, and from the color to the temples, you get to create your dream pair of classic shades, all for under £200.
4. Top Knot Details: The Jungle Leaves Printed Headband, £67.81
Headbands have been lingering for quite a while now, but this summer, the trend is reaching new heights. So much so, that there simply isn’t a valid reason to avoid them anymore – especially when packing your suitcase for your next exotic holiday (because, let’s face it, headbands can be a lifesaver in those hot, humid climates). More reasons to embrace the headband trend: they now come with retro top-knot details, in bright and bold patterns and saturated hues, ready to add a pop of color to your arsenal of neutrals. And this Jungle Leaves Printed Headband from Shopbop is everything and more, with its silky texture, lush and rich print and irresistible shades.
5. The Effortless Slip & Go with a Twist: E8 by Miista Tan Leather Woven Mules, £109
When it comes to footwear, there’s something to be said about the trends of the season: they all seem to favour the effortless vibe. From the upgraded sporty sandals to the new wave of slip & go mules, the ease of the summer 2019 shoes is very apparent. And if you’re on the lookout for the ultimate pair of woven mules, it doesn’t get any better than these ones from Asos. They come in caramel beige and tan (which will make pairing them with your rattan bag a no-brainer), in a supple leather that offers texture and effortless movement, ideal for your weekend trips to the farmer’s market.