Flawless Finishes

The five accessories you need to make the most out of your summer wardrobe

summer accessories

Words: Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | Photography: Duane Howard | Styling: Mandy Nash

Getting clever with accessories is the key to unlocking flawless summer style. ‘Tis the season to wear less and go out more, so spend your money on cute pieces that are all about the details. These curiosities allow you to add clutter-free dimension to your looks, and they’re affordable enough for you to still manage that seaside vaycay.

So, here are the five steps to slaying this summer:

Add a little extra...

Structured handbag

The extent of Gucci’s impact over the past few seasons is that every handbag shape worth owning has been influenced by their recent roll outs. Taking inspiration from the Sylvie small shoulder bag, this retro style structured purse by Aldo is a must-have. It’s nearly understated elegance with enough glitz in the right places that it can be dressed up as the perfect statement piece on a night out, or an addition of extraness when you’re showing out in the daytime.

Get capped…


The look of luxury is honestly the best thing to happen to caps; wearing something that looks like it’s just missing a promotional logo and trying to make it fashion is extra work nobody deserves. Channel summer-in-the-city style a la Rihanna - in a slip dress, cotton sun dress, shorts and a crop top, anything really - with these plush baseball caps.

Cover in style…

cellphone cover

Your phone is always in your hand or within your line of vision, and the bag-scrambling panic that follows when it’s not is a real thing we all know. So, why not dress it up as part of your outfit? Novelty cell-phone covers have been a thing since, maybe, 2013 and with Louis Vuitton’s trunk, Moschino’s fries and cigarettes cases, it’s a trend that’s only about to pick up full speed.

Brush the dirt off your shoulders...


“Statement earrings are back” is a phrase we hear often, but the truth is that they never go anywhere, it’s just a question of which shape is popular, at a given time. A failsafe way to elevate and complete any look, shoulder duster earrings pack a necessary punch into pared back summer looks where you’re wearing less clothing and makeup.

Throw shade…

retro sunglasses

Sophisticated “nerd” vibes are the wave with retro aviator-style sunnies reaching peak popularity this season. Whether they’re prescription frames, fake opticals or tinted, oversized retro frames are the perfect finishing touch to any look.

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