9 "Boring" Accessory Trends Diehard Minimalists Wear Every Single Day

We're all for trying out the trends—many of the Who What Wear UK office have dabbled in the likes of tie-dye and neon this season to surprise avail. However, no wardrobe would be complete without basic accessories that help anchor bolder outfits. Theses pieces help refine your look and give anything you wear—be it jeans and a T-shirt or a floral cotton midi dress—a classic finishing touch. 

Indeed, these accessories may not set your pulses racing but, their ability to bestow any ensemble instant polish is a thrill in itself. Throw in the fact they have a life span of years instead of mere months, and that's usually enough to sway even the most extra of dressers to the pared-back accessory way of thinking. 

From the earrings that never go out of style and the '80s handbag that fashion keeps circling back on to the shoes with the French-girl seal of approval, keep scrolling to see nine arguable "boring" accessories that will see you through the summer and beyond.

1. Bucket Hats

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@alexisforeman

Style Notes: Bucket hats may have made a comeback in 2019, but they've always been around in one capacity or another. While bright colours and prints are all the rage right now, a classic cream or taupe style will serve you well for summers to come. 

2. Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

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@chrystelleeriksberger

Style Notes: Sunglasses are a year-round essential, so it pays to invest in a pair you wholeheartedly know will go with every outfit. Naturally, tortoiseshell finishes serve that purpose. 

3. Flip-Flops

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@brittanybathgate

Style Notes: Often regarded as a mere holiday purchase, flip-flops are now highly regarded in fashion circles, particularly in leather. The epitome of minimal footwear, these shoes will look good with even the busiest of outfits.

4. Hoop Earrings

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@meganadelaide

Style Notes: There are plenty of fun jewellery trends to have a fling with, but a pair of hoops will prove themselves to be a versatile piece you can wear to work and for the weekend alike. 

5. Basket Tote

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@hannahcrosskey

Style Notes: Basket bags have been around for a few seasons now, and their appeal shows no signs of waning. Instead of structured top-handle styles, look for basket totes—the kind you'd use to pick up your groceries—to give your ensembles extra charm. 

6. Bracelet-Strap Watch

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@jadasezer

Style Notes: Leather-strap watches will always be a minimalist staple, but we're seeing more and more bracelet-strap styles on women of note. Timeless and elegant, these are options you'll wear for years to come.

7. Ballerina Pumps

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@shotfromthestreet

Style Notes: Beloved by French women and Alexa Chung, needless to say, we too have a soft spot for ballerina pumps. Their simple silhouette means they'll go with just about everything you can pair them with. 

8. Shoulder Bag

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@sylviemus_

Style Notes: Fendi may have started the shoulder bag trend with its iconic Baguette, but By Far has dictated the movement for the last few seasons. Look for sleek leather styles for a premium feel. 

9. Heirloom Locket

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@littlefashbird

Style Notes: Admittedly we haven't worn one of these in the longest time, but lockets are certainly having a moment right now. Invest in a solid gold iteration, and we promise you'll come back to it for the rest of your life. It also makes for a truly sentimental gift. 

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Now that you've curated the perfect accessory capsule, see how minimalists put their "boring" staples to good use during the summer months