I Love Summer Accessories, But I'm Whittling My Collection Down to These 7

When it comes to summer shopping, nothing gets me as excited as accessories do. I tend to gravitate toward simple clothes and really get playful with my extras. But I also go a bit overboard pretty much every summer. Trendy summer accessories are some of the most fun things you can buy, but I've finally learned that I don't need them all, so I'm making this the year I start limiting myself. To start, I made a list of the essentials. (I intentionally didn't include shoes because I think they deserve their own category.)

The beauty of summer accessories is that they don't have to be taken too seriously. For example, it's perfectly acceptable for a raffia tote to be your handbag for the day. Read on to find out which summer accessories I'm keeping in my wardrobe this year and beyond.

1. Bucket Hat

Bucket hat



I couldn't pick just one hat style, so I'm splitting up the category. First up is bucket hats. You thought they were going away after the first season they became popular, but nope—they seem to be here to stay for the time being.

2. Baseball Cap

Baseball cap



My favourite hat style is baseball caps, which come in many fun iterations and look good on everyone.

3. Oval Sunglasses

Oval sunglasses



If you don't wear sunglasses in the summer, I'm not sure how you survive, but assuming you do, I highly suggest investing in a pair of oval shades. They're flattering and always in style.

4. Hair Scarf

Hair scarves started making a comeback last summer, and I predict that was just the beginning for this chic trend.

5. Raffia Bag

Raffia handbag



Raffia bags are a style that instantly makes me think of summer. No matter what you're wearing, if you're carrying a raffia bag, you'll look like you're summering in the South of France—a look I'd be happy to strive for.

6. Colourful Jewellery

Colorful jewelry



While I love wearing gold jewellery in the summer, colourful pieces—whether in the form of enamel, resin, or gemstones—give every warm-weather outfit the fun finishing touch it needs.

7;. Sarong

Sarongs have tons of uses, the main one obviously being swimsuit cover-up. This is why they're beloved by women around the world, especially for a beach day.

Next Up: 18 Summer-Ready Outfits We Love for All Kinds of Weather

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear US. 

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