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Hats, Handbags, and Hair Accessories: The Best Accessories for Summer 2021

Hats, Handbags, and Hair Accessories: The Best Accessories for Summer 2021

Accessories are crucial to any spring or summer wardrobe. This year it’s no different; however, as we slowly reemerge from staying safe at home, it feels like we will want to showcase our fashion now more than ever. From hats to handbags to fancy hair accessories – this season it’s all systems go! Accessories are a great way to start as they add a powerful punch to any outfit and are so great for layering or providing that glamorous extra touch. So, if you find yourself heading off on a beach vacation, the pool, or even for a casual stroll, make sure you are toting one of this season’s hottest accessories for 2021. 

Straw Visors

Straw visors are the go-to summer essential hat for the beach or poolside. They are chic and definitely functional in so many ways. One being (my favorite) you can wear your hair up in a bun and not have it be smothered by a hat. You can let your hair or ponytail wave freely. Straw visors also cover your face really well as they have wide brims to provide extra sun protection. Styles range from woven straw, honeycomb straw to artisan-made palm straw. Most are packable too which makes them great for popping in your suitcase.  

Tinted Sunglasses

See the world through rose-colored glasses literally this summer everywhere you go. Doesn’t that sound cheery?! Sunglasses on trending in all kinds of colored lenses like red, yellow, and orange. Shapes may vary but old-school aviator types are back in fashion now too. Think the old school retro type a la Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  

Net Bags

These netted bags are hugely popular this season. They are also super practical as you can use them anywhere from the Farmer’s Market to the Pool Club. Net bags are well, see-through so make sure you’ve got some fun items that add a little splash. Like sunglasses, headscarves, hair claws, and your SPF. Some net bags come with inserts too in case you want something a little more structured and safe from small items falling out.  

Bucket Hats

Keeping the sun off your face is so important. Bucket hats are a great way to keep your face shaded while looking super fashionable doing it. Yes, the ‘90s are back (what’s new) and these little numbers are gaining lots of popularity this spring and summer. Opt for a plain all-black or try one in a fun colorful print in an oversize style while you are outdoors playing in the sun.  


Headscarves are ideal for summer days as they are cute and will keep your hair out of your face. You can tie your scarf into a ton of different styles too like a headband, ponytail accessory, or a head wrap. They will elevate any low-maintenance hairstyle and bring it to life. Grab a few of these silky or satin styles with elegant patterns and colors.  

Fashionable Towels

The ultimate summer statement piece is a fashionable beach towel while lounging at the pool or beach. You want to ensure your beach towel is fashion-forward because it will also double as a sarong or beach cover-up if you want it to be. So, make sure it’s made of a nice sturdy fabric and has a fun design or print. Plus, it just looks so chic and high-class and you will use it all summer long. 

Straw Tote

Beach bags in natural materials like straw seem to always make their way to popularity for the spring and summer months. Grab a woven tote bag one in a classic structured shape or one in a boxier style. These bags are great from airplane straight to the beach as they are great carry-alls for all of your valuable possessions. 

Face Masks

Probably this season’s most important accessory: the face mask. Be prepared by always carrying a few face masks in your beach bag or purse. They come in so many adorable prints that it is always wise to bring a couple along with you when you are out and about. Be extra and attach a chain necklace to it for a little extra glam and also so you can conveniently take it on and off without losing it or having to put it away each time. It’s hands-free!  

Tech Gadget Accessories

Speaking of hands-free, electronic accessory holders are slowly becoming all the rage. Whether that’s a fashion chain for your ear pods or a shoulder strap sheath for your iPhone. Go the extra mile by giving your electronics some love in stylish cases. This whole trend was created due to the low-maintenance/minimalist style of being at home. If you ever left the house, you only wanted to carry with you the essentials. It’s perfect in case you’re dashing out the door and don’t want to carry a full purse or bag. Genius.   


Lastly, make a bold fashion statement with jewelry. Trends to follow are layering a variety of necklaces with different textures and made out of various materials. Gold jewelry is also very on-trend from chain necklaces to chunky gold hoops. Bejeweled cuffs mixed with colored gems pack a punch on your wrist too. However, you decide to add a piece or pieces of jewelry make sure it’s bold, beautiful, and colorful. This season’s accessories aren’t faint of heart – they came to be known and shown off!  



About The Author

Bailey Stuvland

Bailey Stuvland is a California girl who loves talking about all things fashion. With more than ten years of styling experience for personal clients and with brands like Stitch Fix, she enjoys helping others find what they love to wear. Her mission is to help people not only look good on the outside, but feel good on the inside by having fun with outfits, accessories and beauty. You can find her blog at .

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