4 Questionably Fashionable Summer Accessories

While warmer temperatures mean sunny days spent at the pool, lazy summer nights and lots of sunscreen applications, the temperature rise also brings a new season of fashion trends. Designers and clothing stores try to shake up the summer usual of the T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops combo by putting forth a profusion of summer fashion accessories.

You may be tempted to add some visual interest to the typically laidback style of summer clothes with new accessories, but be careful how you wear them—they could turn your outfit into a fashion mishap. Watch out for how you wear these four summer accessories.

[Flip-flops are a great summer fashion accessory. But when they get grungy and stained, it’s time to toss them. Photo courtesy c.a.s.e.y./Flickr.]

1. Fedora hat

This summer, lightweight straw Fedoras are all over stores. I don’t want to rule out this style completely. These summer hats can look good with a simple outfit and the right hairstyle, but if combined with too many other accessories such as large frame sunglasses, chunky earrings and iPod headphones, (yes, these tend to be an accessory for some) they can make you look like you’re trying too hard to “accessorize.”

If you want to try this look, limit your other accessories, keep your outfit simple (the hat should be the attention-grabber) and pull your hair into a loose side ponytail or wear it down, but slightly messy.

2. Summer scarf

Unless it’s an uncharacteristically chilly night, wearing a scarf during the summer looks ridiculous. Even though summer scarves are usually smaller and made of more lightweight fabrics than their winter counterparts, save scarves for a brisk day.

If you want to try this look, though, keep your scarf to wear for a nice occasion, such as a wedding or a party. Don’t wear it with shorts and sandals. Pair a fancier scarf with a dress, but make sure to wear the scarf loose around your neck.

3. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a summer staple—and my favorite fashion accessory on sunny days. But like anything that you choose to put on your body, clothes and accessories say something about you to others. And wearing sunglasses indoors makes a person appear standoffish and unapproachable. Nobody wants to talk to a pair of black lenses instead of eyes.

Other than that minor pet peeve of mine, I say go crazy with your sunnies. Try some shades with bright colors or even patterns for a fun summer look. These retro bamboo sunglasses are super fun!

4. Flip-flops

Letting your tootsies “be free” in a pair of flip-flops is one of the best parts of summer. But one of the most disgusting parts of summer is seeing someone wearing a pair of grungy flip-flops. When there are visible footprint stains on your flops or they’ve obviously been well worn, it’s time to toss them.  Also keep in mind that certain flip-flops, the cheap plastic ones, are really only appropriate for the beach, not for everyday wear.

What do you think about the summer fashion accessories? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more summer fashion from everyday threads?

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Filed under Accessories, Fashion, Summer Fashion

6 responses to “4 Questionably Fashionable Summer Accessories

  1. Amanda Pritchard

    I love my hats! But def want to keep it simple. I don’t want to look too hipster because that is not for me. And they are more of a down town look, not going to the grocery store.

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