“Accessories are like vitamins to fashion,” style maven Anna Dello Russo once declared. “As such, you should use them liberally.” While we don’t always take what the self-confessed maximalist — who isn’t shy of an outlandish bangle or 10 — says without a pinch of salt, we do agree to this maxim. When a no-frills sartorial approach to poolside- or beachside-dressing is employed, it’s definitely best to play up on unusual statement accessories.
Sure, you can stick with tried-and-tested wide-brimmed straw hats, but give Eugenia Kim’s whimsy wordplay twist a go. Up for a bolder update? Gucci’s striped straw beret or vintage-inspired Japanese floral headband will have you sorted. And if you admit to gravitating towards chokers (or god forbid, tattoo chokers), all hope is not lost: Try Aligheiri’s loose-hanging gold medallion necklace for a change.
Whichever warm-weather destination you’re heading to, we’ve rounded up 10 hats, bags, sandals and jewellery to stock up your hols accessory stash. So you can be sure your summer wardrobe will be well-nourished and not lacking in vitamin A. Vitamin Accessories, that is.
Don’t worry about the strong sea wind blowing your tresses into crimped locks of hair with this crimson-red headband. Embroidered with intricate Japanese florals, this softly twisted satin topper is your summer crown.
Wear with: Equally vintage-edged pyjama top and palazzo pants. Clashing prints are recommended.
Alessandro Michele isn’t the only Alessandro to pay attention to. N°21’s Alessandro Dell’Acqua makes sandals that get you attention for all the right reasons. This nautical blue-white striped slip-ons are worth your investment. And P.S.: It’s never an N°21 creation without the brand’s signature dramatic knots.
Wear with: Shirtdresses that won’t dull the sandals’ statement stripes and bows.
Although milliner Eugenia Kim is best known for her playful creations, this bag takes the cake. In a nod to her cult-favourite straw hats, this beachy arm candy takes the shape of her hat but turns it topsy-turvy. At the base, a nifty zipped pocket can house your sunnies, phone and keys, while the enveloping brim is just perfect to carry a beach towel and sandals.
Wear with: Kim’s matching tongue-in-cheek straw sun hat. See #8 below.
Exotically chaotic, the Carmencita earrings are scattered with multi-coloured tassels swinging from precious drops of quartz, chalcedony, carnelian, agate, prenite and peridot that are attached to golden hoops.
Wear with: An elegant updo, of course — and anything, really. We believe that gregariously convo-inciting earrings go well with everything.
Don’t let this seemingly understated pair of espadrilles fool you: It’s handmade in Spain and its ropework is as intricate as it’s time-intensive. Then again, don’t let it pressure you to keep these sandals for strictly special occasions, too — they’re destined to be in your sandy-backdropped ‘grams.
Wear with: Non-basic dresses. This asymmetric striped dress of Demna Gvasalia’s creation will be a match made in tropical heaven.
We have to say, Gucci’s summer hat offering is a total lovefest. A summertime edition beret? Why yes, we’ll have three of those in different colourways, thank you very much.
Wear with: Tonal yellows. Yellow’s the season’s mellow.
The sight of this sculptural jug-shaped straw bag is bound to have questions rapidly popping into your head now. Inspiration? The amphora, a tall Ancient Greek ceramic container. Why do we need a poetic jug as a bag? It’s gorgeous — besides, it’s supposed to make us look like Hebe or Aphrodite or whichever Greek goddesses known to carry one of those. Do we really need it? Yes. Yes, we do.
Wear it with: No, not a one-shouldered toga. You’re not supposed to channel an ancient goddess that literally. What you need is a picnic-blanket gingham dress to artistically grasp this bag against.
With light-reflecting sequins spelling “Sun Day” on its wide brim, this cheeky accessory is best shot from a faceless angle to let the wordplay take centre stage.
Wear with: See #3.
Plated with 24k gold, this imperfectly finished necklace is moulded using a time-honoured lost-wax casting technique. Its most notable feature is the adjustable length of the chain. Why? So that it’ll strategically be hung just right to frame the décoletté à la Emily Ratajkowski.
Wear with: Frilly bandeaus or other skin-baring tops the way EmRata likes it.