Now that the warmer weather has arrived, it’s time to swap out your purses, shoes and other accessories. When it comes to summer accessories, consider investing in pieces that are vibrant, versatile, stylish and functional.
That may sound like a tall order, but when you break it down, think about the key essentials you’ll need to get you through the next few months – a chic pair of sunglasses, a roomy straw tote, a classic panama hat and a fun pair of sandals that can take you from day to night. These four basics can be mixed and matched a plethora of ways, whether you’re hitting the beach, picnicking in the park, or meeting friends for dinner and drinks.
I’ve categorized these summer accessories by splurge, save and steal, because some trendy items might only be expected to last the current season, while other timeless designs can take you through several summer heat waves. So, no matter what your budget may be, you’ll be able to scoop up these warm weather essentials ASAP.
And, the great news is, as a Splender member, you earn cash back on each purchase! That means more money for you to invest in that summer rental where you can enjoy a drink in your hand with your toes in the sand!
A chic, over-sized pair of sunglasses is an absolute must accessory, not just during the summer months, but all year round. Aside from protecting your eyes from the sun, sunglasses immediately elevate any look. What’s even better is they hide a multitude of flaws, so if you have tired, puffy eyes or you’re not having the best skin day, a pair of shades instantly solves an array of issues.
Save: These rectangular sunglasses from Vogue Eyewear are simple and timeless, and for less than $100, they certainly won’t break the bank. They are currently available at Sunglass Hut with 6% cash back.
Steal: For under $40, these light brown over-sized sunglasses with gold tone details are such a major steal! I love the tinted lens and the neutral tone. Perfect with any look! These beauties are currently available at River Island, where Splender members can earn 5% cash back.
2) Straw Tote
Nothing screams summer accessory more than a bright and cheerful straw tote! It’s so versatile and functional….ideal for the beach or pool, running errands or for travel (I take mine on the ferry over to Fire Island all the time…perfect for storing all my essentials).
Splurge: This colorful woven tote from Sensi Studio is the ideal summer staple! So fun, vibrant and playful. It’s currently available at Matchesfashion, where Splender members will receive 5% cash back.
Steal: This over-sized tassel tote comes in four colors, and for only $35, it is definitely a summer accessory you’ll want to scoop up! This one is currently available at Target, where Splender members can earn 1% cash back.
3) Panama Hat
Once the summer rolls around, I pretty much live in my panama hat. It goes with everything, and when it’s paired with over-sized sunglasses, it gives off a polished and chic look with minimal effort. In addition to protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it’s also the ideal solution for those days when you just don’t feel like fussing with your hair (especially as the humidity starts to rise)!
Splurge: This wide-brimmed panama hat from Janessa Leone is the perfect investment for summer. So timeless, elegant and sophisticated. You can never go wrong with this style! Find it at Moda Operandi and receive 10% cash back.
4) Platform Espadrilles
Platform espadrilles are one of summer’s hottest trends! I’m loving the ‘70s vibe…they look great styled with denim flares, breezy sundresses, skirts or shorts.
Steal: These platform wedges with a twisted knot detail by Michael Kors come in four colors and are currently marked down! They’re such a summer accessories steal for less than $100! Definitely a pair that will be on heavy rotation all summer long! Find them at Macy’s, where Splender members will receive 4% cash back.
Summer style should be all about carefree, laid back pieces that can seamlessly take you from a day at the beach or in the city to a casual dinner or drinks with friends. Think comfort, style, and fun! That’s why these four summer accessory essentials – chic over-sized sunglasses, a roomy straw tote, a timeless panama hat and platform espadrilles – are the perfect warm weather staples. They’re versatile, functional and perpetually polished.
When rounding out your summer accessories wardrobe, don’t forget to shop through Splender. Members get access to exclusive offers, as well as earn cash back on every purchase at hundreds of stores. Sign up today!
Kate Dunphy is the author of Taffeta & Tulips, a lifestyle and fashion blog created to inspire and elevate the every day through timeless and approachable fashion choices, healthy and easy recipes, and creative and simple ways to improve your living space.