As the weather warms up and we gradually shed more layers, it’s time to start thinking about summer style. In place of bulky outerwear and heavy materials, lightweight accessories are the key to looking polished whilst keeping cool. Whether it’s formal dress or everyday casual, the right accessories are essential for completing your warm weather look. To get you started, here are the top wardrobe accessories to invest in this summer.
1. Dapper Headwear
Be it modern vintage or urban chic, a well-chosen hat will not only keep you cool in the summer months, but also adds major style points to any outfit. The classic fedora is very much en vogue for 2016 and makes for a highly versatile accessory; go for a pale cream shade to add an elegant finish to both day and evening wear. For gents who prefer a more casual look, the time-honored baseball cap is another winning combination of practicality and style, and from the classic sporty snapback to the standard Flexfit, there’s one to suit every occasion. Whichever look you go for up-top, breathable materials and lighter colors are key.
2. A Statement Timepiece
No matter what the season, integral to every look is a statement watch. Whilst summer is all about lightweight materials and cool minimalism, the right wristwear enables you to express your style without adding unnecessary layers. For a watch that not only looks great but can also take the heat, opt for something smart and sporty yet classically made; take inspiration from the brand new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, which has been praised by Chrono24 for both its durable build and pristine look. Investing in a hardwearing, quality timepiece is the most effortless way to ensure that your individual style resonates all year round.
3. Fancy Frames
No summer style is complete without that all-important eyewear, and the right specs will protect your eyes whilst looking suave. In addition to the timeless aviators, mirrored lenses and square frames are among this season’s key looks. However, choosing sunglasses is as much about catering to your face shape as it is about following trends; round styles look great on squarer faces, whilst an oval face may suit a pair of retro square frames. Use this guide from Sunglass Warehouse before you set out. Ultimately, select a style that suits your image and invest in a high quality pair that will provide adequate UV protection.
4. Chic Shoes
Finally, summer calls for highly versatile footwear, making it easy to transition from poolside to party without an entire wardrobe change. Whilst flip-flops are great for the beach, they don’t always make for a high-impact style statement, so it’s essential to invest in at least one pair of multifunctional shoes. Canvas espadrilles are the ultimate summer shoe – lightweight and breathable for daytime, but just as suave in appearance as the classic loafer. Add a seasonal splash of fun to any outfit with nautical stripes, polka dots or a tropical print, as seen on Soludos.com. Alternatively, plain pastel shades ensure simplistic elegance without the need for a heavy winter shoe.