Summer is here! Finally the long-awaited hayfever, sweaty hugs and wasps have returned to our fair shores and all is right with the world.
Summer styles are often much simpler than their autumn/winter counterparts. While summer colours and patterns tend to be brighter and more vibrant, wearing less layers in the hot weather means outfits are less complex and can sometimes be a little boring. To remedy that, here are some of my favourite summer accessories right now to inject a little bit of pizazz, kapow and/or shakalakaboomboom into your summer wardrobe.
Have a ball with some white trainers. (See what I did there?) The gentrification of sportswear over the last couple of years has led to a widespread appreciation of the humble sneaker from all quarters. No longer the exclusive domain of surly youths or people who insist they are just off to the gym, the simple, clean elegance of the white trainer lends itself to a variety of casual and semi-formal outfits. With neutral footwear like this, you can wear pretty much anything you want, colour-wise. Pair them with a stripy tee shirt and some shorts. Or try using them to loosen up a navy suit and white shirt.
Shall I be mother? Floral patterns might remind of your grandma’s tea set, but it’s also a great way to work in a bit of flair to your look. Floral or Hawaiian style shirts are summer staples for some, but if you’re not that brave, try little floral details like this pocket square and bow tie.
Socks are a really easy way to bring a bit of fun into your outfit. This is great for a summer wedding or for those jobs where you still have to wear a suit in summer. Make your suit pop with some bright colours or patterns. Take that, society.
Put away your fancy leather chronograph for a while and try a sporty one. Alongside their style credentials, they’re cheaper to replace (or even waterproof) if you fall in the pool! This is black one from Topman is quite plain, but mess around with different colours and styles and digital vs. analogue to see what’s right for you. I quite like this retro white Casio.
Classic styles like Aviators and Wayfarers stubbornly show up year after year, refusing to diminish in popularity. If you want something different, try some round frames like these. The top right and bottom left have the distinctive keyhole style bridge and while the bottom left is a simple circular design favoured by the likes of Liam Gallagher and Willy Wonka. The gold frame on the top left pair actually flip up in an 80s nerd kind of way. As Kristen Stewart, 2 Chainz and Lewis Hamilton prove, this looks significantly ridiculous so I like to wear them down as pictured, giving a kind of steampunky vibe.
There you have it. Now you know the best accessories, go and enjoy summer! At a barbecue somewhere, there’s a burnt, yet somehow still underdone sausage with your name on it,