Summer Style: Luxe Accessories to Jazz Up your Basics
With each new season that comes around there is pressure to update your whole wardrobe to accommodate all the new trends fresh from the runway. You will inevitably find that all your new purchases will get worn once or twice, or maybe not at all – it is a lot of expense for very little wear.
Smart girls can make their wardrobes work so much harder for them by having a core selection of great basic pieces that can be jazzed up with the addition of a few luxe accessories to create brand new looks that are on-trend and cost effective at once.
Take your classic basics from day-to-night, from simple to stunning with these glitzy accessories:
The Embellished Clutch
If there is one accessory that is sure to boost those basics it is the embellished clutch. It can take the simple jeans and white tank summer staple outfit from a causal lunch to cocktails at the club. To really amp up the glam, choose a clutch with glitter, beads, metallic elements or embroidery and swap the ballet flats for some heels and the neutral lipgloss for a bold berry lip.
Don't you feel so much more glamorous when you pop in a pair of long chandelier earrings and tuck those loose locks of hair behind your ears? Choose an ornate pair of earrings to team with your classic jersey skater dress or summer denim shorts for a free-spirited yet glam Bohemian vibe -- a look perfect for long summer evenings.
Chandelier Earrings: 1) Triangle Chain Tassel Earrings, Topshop; 2) Blue Drop Earrings, Dorothy Perkins; 3) Sleeveless Dress, H&M; 4) Woven Jewel Earrings, Adorning Ava; 5) Gold Tone Tassel Dangle Earrings, River Island.
The Killer Heel
There is no better way to dress up your classic skinny indigo jeans than with a pair of killer heels. Not only do they dress things up, but they also make your legs look longer, more toned, and they help lift the bum to make it look more pert. If stilettos put too much pressure on your ankles, go for a platform or wedge style that still adds plenty of height but with minimal pressure.
Killer Heels: 1) Light Green Suede Block Heel Sandals, River Island; 2) Leather Thread Strupe Wedges, Next; 3) Iridescent Strappy High Heeled Sandals, Faith; 4) Platform Sandals, H&M; 5) Gallop Metallic Court Shoes, Topshop.
Body Harness Jewellery
Body harness style jewelry is popular at the minute due to its festival appeal and its ability to jazz up any basic piece. Seen on many a stylish celebrity, particularly in sunnier climates, body harness jewelry looks amazing when worn over a simple bikini – perfect for looking stylish when lounging around the pool on holiday.
Cape or Kimono
Not every summer's day is going to be gloriously hot; sometimes you may need a cover up to protect against a breeze. The kimono and cape have been among the hottest summer accessories for the past few years, probably in part to their super versatility – perfect to jazz up simple basics, as a swimwear cover-up on the beach or as an alternative to a jacket for a summer wedding.