As clothing gets lighter, add summer accessories with color, sparkle and ease.
Whether you’re adding color to your summer whites, dressing up for a wedding or packing for the beach, the right accessories can make the season sparkle.
Add the perfect finishing touch to your summer looks with fun, unique pieces that take your style to the next level. Here are some picks from top to tote.
Shiny finishes, bursts of color and easy style are what summer jewelry is all about. The following pieces, all of which are designed by local artists, add those elements to your look without weighing you down.
Fresh Tangerine’s Friendship Bracelets ($22 each at www.freshtangerine.com) are a way to add a little — or a lot — of color to an outfit. Available in 14k-gold fill and sterling silver, with beads in every hue imaginable, they’re perfect for wearing alone or piling on.
The eye-catching Rebecca Blume Jewelry Opal Ovals ($125 at rebeccablumejewelry.com/shop) will add flair to your summer wedding attire. They feature blue and pink gems, complemented by sparkly wire.
Dress up a plain white tee or simple sundress with the Calliope Jewelry SN102 necklace ($170 at calliope-jewelry.com). The large aqua pendant is accompanied by an elegant quartz drop and detailed chain.
When it’s too hot to wear a bunch of layers, sport small pieces that pack a punch, such as the Baleen Beacon Ear Jackets ($48 at Baleen, Ballard), which can be worn in front or in back of the earlobe. Or don the Joanna Morgan Winged Ring ($145–$295 at joannamorgandesigns.com), available in silver or gold, which is unique and goes with anything.
Spacious and durable, the Star Mela Robyn Canvas Beach Bag ($65 at us.asos.com) can be used for everything from farmers market runs to beach days. The navy-and-white striped pattern is accompanied by a fun colorful tassel that features a wooden parrot and pompoms.
The versatile Rebecca Minkoff Finn Convertible Leather Clutch ($195 at Nordstrom) comes in a variety of colors, including on-trend pastel pink and powder blue, and has a removable crossbody strap. All-over fringe creates an edgy look that’s perfect for outdoor concerts or drinks on the patio.
Elegant and simple, as summer gear should be, the Pascala Vegan Leather Tote ($68 at Anthropologie) features lovely eyelet stitching on both sides and comes with a removable pouch.
Guys can store their necessities in the Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Mid Volume Backpack ($60 at Moorea Seal, Belltown). It’s practical and durable — and the unique diver print evokes summertime in the best way possible.
With bold patterned frames, the Gentle Monster Cuba 55m Sunglasses ($255 at Nordstrom) are a fun and unique way to add a pop of color to your look — and they’ll protect your eyes from the rays, of course.
For the guys, the Maui Jim Kawika Sunglasses ($299 at Tommy Bahama) have a sleek style that evokes the fashions of the ’50s and ’60s.
HATS & HAIR ACCESSORIES
On the beach or just kicking around the yard, wear the whimsical Indego Africa Woven Hat ($85 at Nordstrom) to protect your highlights and turn some heads.
Available in three colorways, the Anthropologie Ignacia Headband ($28 at anthropologie.com) will keep the hair out of your face while adding eye-catching sparkle.
Guys can sport the breathable Filson Logger Mesh Cap ($35 at Filson, Sodo) around town or at the campsite this summer. Manufactured in Seattle, it features an embroidered patch with the company’s classic logo and has an adjustable strap for a perfect fit.
If you can’t bear to part with your scarves in warm weather, throw on the Kate Spade New York Ocean Colors Silk Scarf ($118 at Nordstrom). It’s light, in 100 percent silk, and the blue hues and beach names may give you the urge to book a tropical vacation.
Guys can fight evening chill with the Banana Republic Selvedge Scarf (on sale for $36). The light linen piece is summer weight, and its striped detailing keeps the look fresh and interesting.