7 Affordable Summer Accessories That Will Add Fun to Any Outfit

It's often touted in fashion circles that accessories make the outfit, and there is no time this notion rings truer than in spring and summer. With puffers and outfit-covering coats put away, the warmer months are when accessories can really shine, be it a sleek pair of shades, a statement-making necklace or a fun printed scarf

If you're looking to add a pop of personality to your look without breaking the bank, an interesting accessory is one foolproof way to do so. With this in mind, I set out to find some affordable summer accessories that will work to enhance any outfit. I trawled through the web, using influencers as my inspiration to see what's already trending online, and of course, the style set did not disappoint. 

From mood-boosting jewellery to sun-smart bucket hats to those ubiquitous chunky flats, keep scrolling for seven affordable accessory trends I'll be trying this summer. 

1. Printed Scarf

Affordable Summer Accessories: Silk Scarf

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@spicy.mayo

Tie it around a basket bag, tie it around your ponytail, or tie it around yourself as a top at the beach. With a silk scarf, the summery options are practically endless. It's such a versatile accessory and one of the simplest ways to add a pop of pattern or colour to an outfit. 

I love the muted colours on this. 

2. Sun-Smart Bucket Hats

Gone are the days of tanning with SPF 4 carrot oil. Now, we're all much more aware of the harm the sun can do to our skin, especially on our faces that see it the most. As well as SPF (of course), a hat is a great option for staying safe in the sun, and bucket hats might just be our favourite style for adding personality. Luckily, there is an array of cute ones on the high street to choose from, whether your vibe is floral and printed or minimalist and plain. 

Don't get me wrong—I love classic silver and gold as much as the next person, but for summer, I also love to introduce some pieces that bring a little more joy. Think multicoloured necklaces, beaded bracelets and more. 

This will add some summer fun to any outfit. 

4. Retro-Inspired Scrunchie

Affordable Summer Accessories: Scrunchie

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@maryljean

While they might remind some of the '80s, scrunchies are a great summer accessory. This summer they're chicer than ever before. Make like Carrie Bradshaw and add one to any and all of your looks, dressed up or down. 

I love green this summer. 

5. Flatform Sandals

Best Affordable Accessories: Chunky Sandals

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@naaomiross 

No surprises here. Chunky sandals are once again at the top of the footwear list for 2022. Specifically flatforms—choose from strappy slides or thong sandals, as long as they've got a sturdy sole. 

I tried these and they're like walking on a cloud. 

6. Sleek Sunglasses

This one is rather self-explanatory, as sunglasses are one of the summer essentials we rely on year after year. This summer, I'm opting for tortoiseshell frames and sleek silhouettes like oval, rectangle and cat-eye. 

Such a good affordable dupe for Lucy's Toteme sunglasses above. 

7. Strappy Sandals

On days when you want to upgrade from your chunky flats, strappy sandals are the way to go. There are plenty of great options floating around the high street. Plus, many of them come with block heels for added support. 

Marks and Spencer always does the comfiest shoes. 

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Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 trends you need to know. 

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