By Angie Harrison
Summer is in full-swing, and the temps are keeping us in a full-sweat. While we crave this season all year long, it does take its toll on our wardrobe choices. Hot July temperatures don’t always allow us to outfit the way we’d like, and sometimes a top and bottom or a dress just doesn’t feel complete. Accessories are the easiest way to boost the glamor and color of any look, day or night. The accessories out now for summer are full of rich texture, bright neons and pops, shiny metals, and embellishment—the perfect addition to any simple white tee and jeans or black summer dress. There are so many ways to keep the style high while dressing simple and cool.
Hair is such a struggle for me when the heat cranks up outside. More often than not, the hair is going up for any outdoor barbeque or wedding—I just can’t deal. If you find yourself in the same boat this season, do yourself a favor and stock up on fun hair accessories. Stores like Nordstrom offer a large selection of gorgeous hair ties with bows or gold hardware to make any high or low ponytail a work of art. Embellished bobby pins are everywhere right now, and are great for securing loose hairs from a top-knot or adding a little glam to a sleek low bun. Crazy roots or third-day hair? Pop on a fun straw fedora or wide-brimmed sun hat. Instant glamor.
Jewelry was made for summer. The colors shown this season are so bright and saturated, making accessorizing fun and easy. You can take any simple look and turn it into something uniquely you in seconds, with layers of gold necklaces or rainbow-colored drop earrings. Rattan and raffia are classic summer textures, and have been transformed into natural, earthy, island-vibe earrings. Anything goes when it comes to summer jewelry. Pile it high and feel the power.
Bags of Fun
Who doesn’t love a fun bag for summer? Another easy way to make an outfit look styled: pair your look with a colorful, conversation-starting bag. By now, almost everyone on Earth has probably seen that belt bags (they’re fanny packs, just call them fanny packs!) are blazing a trend in luxury and department stores. While these bags are semi-ridiculous, when else can you rock a crazy trend but during the summer? It’s a hands-free neon party pouch. For a more everyday function, try a convertible bag—something that can take you from crossbody to clutch—or a gigantic tote bag for business and beach!
It’s not impossible to be 100% styled in a styled-down summer look. If you’re feeling one-note about what you’re wearing this season, try an embellished hair tie or clip, grab some fabulous earrings that make you feel like Cleopatra, and top it all off with a bag that’ll make your friends jealous. In the most loving way, possible, of course.
Angie Harrison received her BS degree in fashion merchandising from Western Michigan University. After merchandising for a large retailer, she went on to start Angela Harrison Style: a personal, print, and film wardrobe styling service. Her experience has led her to style wardrobe on local and national TV commercials as well as freelance in visual merchandising for luxury retailers.