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Summer Accessories To Elevate Your Outfits

Happy Thursday ladies. As the dog days of summer march on, many of us are getting tired of our warm-weather wardrobes… I know I am. My thoughts have already begun drifting toward fall but for me, it’s a long way off because we have still another 3-4 months of warm weather ahead of us. That means I needed to get creative so today I’m sharing some ways to use summer accessories to elevate your outfits.

blonde woman walking toward camera wearing white linen duster over striped linen pants
WEARING –  LONG LINEN CARDIGAN  –  COTTON TEE  SHIRT  –  similar LINEN PANTS  –  SIMPLE HOOP EARRINGS  –  SUNGLASSES –  SIMILAR BRACELET

This month, Cindy and I are back with our Monthly Fashion Edit Over 50 and sharing tips for wearing summer accessories. We’re excited to be joined by my good friend Tania who writes 50 Is Not Old.

beach bag sunglasses and sunhat on beach
PACKABLE STRAW HAT  –  similar STRAW TOTE BAG  –  similar SUNGLASSES

Accessories are one of those things I seldom remove from my wardrobe. The one time I did donate something, I regretted it, almost immediately. To be honest, accessories take very little space to store so I find it easy to keep them all. My most treasured accessories add personality to an outfit and help create your personal statement that is uniquely you. Here are some of my favorites:

Hats

I am a huge fan. They not only protect your face from the sun, but they also add “attitude” to any outfit. Hats get noticed so they’re not for the overly shy. You can spend a small fortune on a hat and also get great ones for under $30. To avoid hat hair, I just keep my hat on! A lady is never required to remove her hat:)

 

woman wearing straw hat and green polka dot sweater
WEARING –  STRAW HAT  –  POLKA DOT TOP on sale  –  JEANS  –  SANDALS  –   SIMILAR BRACELET

Sometimes, the bigger the better with hats when you want full sun protection.

Over 50 style blogger Jennifer Connolly wearing a wide brimmed hat with UPF, a cotton dress and a a straw tote from Walmart
WEARING –  similar LARGE HAT  –  SIMILAR STRAW TOTE

To be honest, I find super huge hats can be hard to keep on in the wind so if it’s blistering hot, I’ll reach for a parasol instead. Those really get you noticed but protect more of you from the sun and your head doesn’t perspire under them.

 

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life carrying Persole Shade umbrella

Summer Scarves

Scarves are one of my favorite accessories for the way they add a pop of color and pattern They can be a challenge in hot weather but I hate to not wear them so I simply tie them to other places on and off my body.

 

man an woman smiling into camera with golden gate bridge behind them
WEARING – SILK SCARF on sale –  DENIM JACKET

They go on my head in windy conditions to protect my hair from wind damage.

woman showing side view of half tucked shirt
WEARING –  SMALL FLORAL  SCARF  –  CARDIGAN  –  WOVEN SHELL TOP on sale  –  NO-STAIN WHITE JEANS

I like to tie them through the front and side belt loop of my jeans for a pop which also shows some waist definition without tucking your top in. You can also fold a large one on the diagonal into a wide strip and thread it around your waist.

woman standing in sun carrying wicker handbag and wearing pink sweater
WEARING –  CARDIGAN  –  similar TANK TOP –  SCARF on sale  –  similar SUNGLASSES –  WHITE CROPS

If it’s not too warm, you can even tie a cotton bandana around your neck.

WEARING – similar CARDIGAN on sale  –  TANK  TOP –  LINEN PANTS  on sale –  SHOULDER BAG  –  EMBROIDERED MULES

You can also tie small scarves around the handle of your handbag, which keeps them at the ready if you need to cover your hair:)

WEARING –  4-WAY LINEN BLEND CARDIGAN  –  similar COTTON TEE  – WHITE JEANS  –  CROSSBODY BAG on sale  –  LEATHER SANDALS

scarf tied on handbag

Earrings

The ultimate summer accessory that you can wear in any temperature. Whether your style leans to classic or dramatic, there is no end to the selection of earrings that will update a summer outfit. I’m a fan of matchy/matchy, but anything goes here. Price is not important and some of my most creative earrings were found at Target!

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing tassel earrings

Bracelets

These are fabulous in the heat because they don’t feel warm to wear. Look for summer accessories in natural materials like bamboo, sea glass, thin metal, pearls, wooden, etc. Lucite has a lightweight look that’s perfect for summer and can be found at all price points.

Summer Handbags

jennifer of a well styled life wearing yellow chinos and blue stripped sweater
WEARING –  BEE CREWNECK on sale  –  CHINO’S  –  similar SNEAKERS  –  WICKER HANDBAG IN LEOPARD

Summer means it’s time to ditch the leather bag and reach for wicker, straw, or ratan. Canvas is also great but can be harder to keep clean and is not usually as durable. This is also a great time of year to find great ones because many are on sale in preparation for fall merchandise.

Sunglasses

Fun shapes and colors add pizazz to your look as well as protect your eyes from sun damage and prevent squinting. The popular shapes change gradually so I recommend you choose a flattering shape for your face structure. I wear prescription glasses so unless I have contacts in, I’m pretty limited with my sunglasses. I chose a frame I liked and had my RX put into them.

FUN SUNGLASSES

See also- How to Choose the Best Eyeglasses

Let’s see what Cindy from Cindy Hattersley Design and Tania from 50 Is Not Old have to share about summer accessories. I hope you’re prepared to be inspired because these gals knock it out of the park. All. The. Time!

41 Comments

  1. Great looks. I love your attention to detail and a perfect finished look. I had to giggle with the parasol. I live in Cuenca, Ecuador, high in the Andes. The sun is exceptionally strong, and I am never without my parasol and my Panama hat – which is originally from Ecuador, not Panama! Just a lil tidbit!

    Great blog, thanks so much xok

  2. I need to confess that since following your blog, my life has gotten much easier and a lot more fun!
    I have refined my wardrobe. I love the classic, neutral colors and styles. By adding accessories from my stash of collectibles, it’s a quick, easy way to put together an outfit and get out the door!
    I’m planning my purchases and am willing to invest in quality. Your recommendations have helped immensely! When I see it, I can do it too! Thanks!

  3. You look great in every outfit!! Love the green polka dot tee, so cute ☺️ love the Brahmin bag with the scarf, stunning !

  4. I HAVE TO LAUGH ABOUT YOUR COMMENT ABOUT THE WIDE BRIM HATS SO TRUE!! I LOVE THAT LONG LINEN CARDIGAN FROM NIC AND ZOE. I HAVE BEEN SO TEMPTED TO ORDER THAT EVER SINCE I SAW IT ON YOU. YOU LOOK SO GREAT IN HEAD SCARVES. I WISH I COULD WEAR THEM. I LOOK LIKE THE BAG LADY IN THEM. SO MANY GOOD IDEAS. I NEED TO UP MY SUNGLASS GAME. I AM GOING TO CHECK SOME OF THOSE OUT. THIS WAS A FUN POST!!

  5. You look great in hats! I wished that I looked as good. It was great linking with you and Cindy today!

  6. Jennifer, I have followed you for couple of years and related to you mainly because we are the same height and watching your style has helped me in so many ways. However, for some reason I just today caught that you shared with Cindy. I flipped over to her blog for the first time and WOW–thats my style. I like to dress just like her
    BUT, I can not tell how tall she is. Do you know.???
    I will still consider your blog a must to read eacd day and will definitely conti using enjoying each and every post.

  7. I do like to wear a bandana just in triangle. Pulled down on forehead in front and tied under hair in back. It keeps sweat from getting in your eyes and hair off your neck. Did you know the make headbands scarves with bangs attached?
    I love all of these looks. My fav is blue scarf with those earrings and the 4 way cardigan with the white pants. We use to tie small knots in the dangling ends of a cardigan like that.

  8. All great suggestions Jennifer and I have to say that you look amazing in hats.
    I’m just beginning to enjoy summer, so I want it to last as long as possible as we are just getting out of our latest lockdown, and I have so many summer clothes I haven’t had a chance to wear yet.

  9. Lovely post thank you Jennifer. I am so tempted to buy the blue silk scarf it looks so chic with the denim jacket.And a lovely picture of the two of you 🙂 I often go into Target to look at the earrings from Bauble bar, amazing finds .

  10. Great accessory ideas.
    Love the scarf on the bag or as a belt or just tied on a belt loop.
    Changes the whole appearance of your outfit.
    I too have just about had it with summer (wet, humid and gray).
    We too have a good two months to go. Hope it will be seasonal temperatures instead of very, very hot 🥵.
    In New England, our weather is always unpredictable. So it will be a surprise and will look for the good in each day. 🙂

  11. Hi Jennifer,
    I am in Australia so it’s a different season here but I love your ideas and suggestions. You always look so well put together. Thanks for sharing your great ideas and tips. Love reading your blog.

  12. Good morning and Happy Thursday:

    I was wondering if you could share information regarding the shoes you are wearing with the linen outfit and simple hoop earrings.

    Thank you have a great day and thanks for all of the helpful suggestions 🙂

  13. LOVE the outfit you are wearing in the ‘earrings’ post. You look wonderful! Very ‘Diane Keaton’!

  14. Super suggestions, Jennifer! As to summer scarves; I’ve worn them in lieu of a statement necklace by twisting and knotting in the center (works best with very light weight fabric/length dependent upon size of scarf). Also to dress up an otherwise plain hand/shoulder/ bag, fold a square scarf into a triangle and taut position on one side of the bag by threading through on each side of its hardware (or handles). Re bracelets because I have a very small wrist and its a challenge to find ones of a comfortable fit, three of my favourite are actually beaded hair scrunchies. -Brenda-

  15. Love all your accessories. I can’t seem to find a hat small enough so usually end up wearing a golf hat. Mostly because I play golf and they are adjustable. I am very petite so I always wear earrings but then just a bracelet or necklace but not usually both. Love how you use scarves in the summer, great ideas.

  16. I have seen other fashion blogs but I find that this one is the best. I will stay with this one.

  17. I try to keep a big straw or similar hat on whenever in the sun ! have to! I’m pretty fair and being in the sun too long gives me a headache. I also use sun screen or sun block every day unless it’s raining and I’m not going to be outside.
    Thanks too, for sharing scarf ideas…..they certainly will help me bolster some of my tired summer outfits..

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