When it comes to summer clothing, the devil really is in the details, with accessories taking center stage.
Since summer style tends to be much simpler than your fall/winter wardrobe, with fewer layers and far fewer textures, sartorial interest comes through strategic accessorizing.
The good news: this season we have accessory bags to choose from, all of which add a touch of chic and individuality when paired with the simplest summer outfits.
The first is the “barely there” sandal – a minimalist shoe if there ever was one – which is more of a foot than a shoe (and therefore requires the most demanding pedicure).
Two options are available to you this summer: either the delicate strappy sandal, with thin spaghetti-shaped ties loosely inspired by the iconic Bare sandal from luxury brand The Row.
Above left: Dress 107.40, karen millen.com; wedges, £35.99, zara.com; bag, £395, katespade.co.uk; bracelet, £61, heyharpershop.com. Top right: dress, £199, hobbs.com; belt, £25, marksand spencer.com; corners, £79.99, mango.com; bag, £45.99, zara.com; bracelet, £118, mejuri.com; ring, £85, lucyqdesigns.co.uk
I love Karen Millen’s piquant rendition (£127.20, karenmillen.com) that winds its way down the leg in the most flattering way. If sandals aren’t your thing, however, the ’90s wedge mule is back in style, except this time around it’s semi-sheer!
It’s great for both elongating legs and giving summer feet maximum exposure, which, oddly enough, is kinda sexy (I warned you about the pedicure).
If bags are more your thing this summer, you’re spoiled for choice. There is no one key shape – whether large, square or a small envelope sleeve. . . everything is working. What you want to think about, however, is texture.
Sequins will be a surprise hit for the day, pairing beautifully with a silk dress or worn against bare arms.
Although usually reserved for the festive season, sequins work best in the summer months as sunlight bounces off them, adding an almost disco ball effect.
This watermelon sequin bag (fourth from left) from Mango (£45.99, mango.com) would be my go-to, working just as well for a chic beach club lunch as it does for a smart dinner party.
Another trend that feels distinctly on the dance floor but is a huge hit for daytime this summer is metallics.
Like sequins, they reflect light off the skin. The result is that you look, quite literally, radiant. This Stone And Mason metallic bucket bag (£245, second left, stone-and-mason.com) is both practical and will help you shine in all the right places.
And honestly, who wouldn’t want that?
Above left: dress, £55.99, zara.com; heels, £170 and bag, £255, loefflerrandall.com; bracelet, £165, giovanniraspini.com; ring, £63, heyharper shop.com. Top right: dress, £129, ghost.co.uk; heels, £255, loefflerrandall.com; bag, £245, stone-and-mason.com; bracelet, £61, heyharpershop.com; ring, £165, lucyq designs.co.uk
Above left: Dress, £180, aspiga.com; wedges, £149, hobbs.com; bag, £49.99, mango.com; sunglasses, £197, blackeyewear.com; bracelet, £45, stone-and-mason.com; ring, £225, chlobo.co.uk. Top right: Top and trousers, both £220, katespade.co.uk; corners, £49.50, marksandspencer.com; bag, £45.99, mango.com
Above left: Dress, £325, jigsaw-online.com; heels, £127.20, karenmillen.com; bag, £79.99, mango.com; sunglasses, £197, blackeye wear.com; bracelet, £165, giovanniraspini.com; rings, from £58, mejuri.com. Above right: dress, £185, hillhouse home.co.uk; heels, £127.20, karenmillen.com; bag, £425, kaai.eu; bracelet, £68, mejuri.com; red ring, £64, heyharpershop.com; sun ring, £225, chlobo.co.uk