Take 10

Summer accessories 

Take 10

Summer accessories

 By Yasmine Kennedy

Whether you have flights booked to Bali, hotels secured in the Balearics or are spending summer lounging in London’s parks, your hot-weather wardrobe deserves modern, talking-point accessories. From Ashley Olsen’s new favourite bag to this season’s answer to the Samba, read on to find our top picks for a summer spent stylish.

1. Hold on to your hat

Maison Margiela hat logo-embroidered straw bag

Is it a hat? Is it a bag? Turns out, it’s a bit of both. Expect double takes when wearing Maison Margiela’s fusion of a sun hat and a grab-and-go lunch bag. Take it on holiday, take it on the tube, take it wherever you want to start a conversation.   

2. Take it or weave it  

Dragon Diffusion Japan woven-leather top-handle tote bag 

Introducing your chic new carry-it-all tote: an oversized, Olsen-approved bag from in-the-know label Dragon Diffusion. Honouring traditional Japanese practices with neatly woven leather, your towel, beach read and Stanley have never had a better home. 

3. Strike right   

Jacquemus La Casquette Artichaut logo-plaque cap

Elevate your off-duty look with Jacquemus’s take on the everyday baseball cap. Edged with fringing and finished with a drawstring cord, this denim summertime mainstay will lend easy styling to whatever you have in your holiday rotation. 

4. The right amount of naked

Le Monde Béryl Luna pointed-vamp mesh ballet flats

Returning for another season in the footwear spotlight, the ballet flat reigns supreme as the ultimate spring/summer shoe. This time round, barely-there mesh styles are stealing the show – and this pair from Le Monde Béryl is top of our list. 

5. Dancing shoes

Bottega Veneta Blink 50 knotted leather mules

As we continue to ride the wave of the 90s revival, go all-out Carrie Bradshaw in pair of metallic mules that sing Groove Is In The Heart.  Slip ‘em on before a night dancing, slip ‘em off in the taxi home. 

6. Ear art

Dries Van Noten abstract-charm brass and glass drop earrings 

Maximalist, sculptural jewellery is having a moment. A case in point? Ornaments for earrings from Dries Van Noten. Embrace the pop of blue and wear sans other jewellery for the biggest impact. 

7. Throw shade  

Loewe square-frame acetate sunglasses 

Few accessories say summer quite like a pair of shades. While you may already have classic aviators or wayfarers in your arsenal, this season go for bold with Loewe’s ode to bug-eyed sunglasses with a seriously oversized silhouette.

8. Shoot hoops

Valentino Garavani VLOGO
gold-tone hoop earrings

Consider gold hoops the leather jacket of your jewellery box – classic, reliable and adds a little je ne sais quoi. Choose your next pair from Valentino Garavani, complete with the iconic VLOGO design, to guarantee staple status.

9. Ring ring

Yvonne Léon Chevaliere Coeur 9ct yellow-gold and diamond ring

Parisian designer Yvonne Léon brings a playful twist to jewellery inspired by flea-market gems. From the designer’s latest collection, wear your heart on your finger with this 9ct yellow-gold and diamond ring.

10. Wear your stripes  

Adidas Handball Spezial suede low-top trainers

In line for the Samba’s crown, another archival Adidas silhouette comes in hot for summer in the form of the Handball Spezial. Re-released in a selection of bright colourways with an authentically retro feel, count these the trainers you’ll wear all season long – and next.

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