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Hot Summer Accessories and Shades

by Kara Keigan
accessorizing for summer

Summer is the perfect time to invest in a new pair of sunglasses—sunny weather’s best accessory. More than just practical, they’re a statement of style and protection under the sun’s bright rays with a pair to suit every personality and ensemble.

Whether you choose sleek cat-eye shapes, oversized sunglasses for SPF protection, or bold and colorful frames, the options are limitless. Utilize your sunglasses as the final flourish to enhance your summer outfits.

Whether you opt for a touch of glamour or wish to evoke vintage nostalgia, sunglasses are a summer accessory meant to have fun with. Take inspiration from the ‘90s with iconic accessories such as oval glasses and a summer-infused raffia headband. Or keep it sleek with all gold beachy hair clips and a chic pair of Prada frames.

To offer inspiration, we’ve gathered eight warm-weather accessory and sunglass pairings to take you poolside and to the beach and beyond.

Coastal chic

coastal chic

Summertime is punctuated with shell motifs and beachy, playful accessories. Embrace a chicer style with gold-plated shell hair clips, matched perfectly with a sleek pair of gold-wire  Prada frames. It will offer a more sophisticated take on summer mermaid.

Chic and stylish

Nothing says summer like a raffia bucket hat. Keep it slim and stylish under the long brim of a bucket hat with these skinny frames from Saint Laurent. Both accessories provide timeless style infused with just the right amount of trendiness and a touch of summer flair.

Seventies glamour

This summer it’s all about the ‘70s vibes, and this time it’s getting a glamorous update. A crochet hair scarf reads all about the summer of love, but with amber embellishments, their sunglass pairings need to be equally alluring. Enter these perfectly oversized, tortoise-shell striped, chunky acetate aviators from Tom Ford. Glamorous indeed!

Picnic proper

It doesn’t get more summertime than red and white gingham. For those looking for an ultra-feminine summer look, adopt this scalloped-edged bow into your summer wardrobe. Pair the prim-and-proper bow with an equally feminine pair of white cat eye frames.

Supercharged SPF protection

For added sun protection, opt for an oversized bucket hat paired with Oakley sunglasses. Their wide brim and large frames offer ample shade and coverage for your face, neck, and ears, ensuring you can enjoy hikes, walks, or leisurely strolls worry-free.

90s summertime

Embrace the effortlessly chic style of ‘90s style icon, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, with power accessories straight from that decade – headbands and oval glasses. A sweet raffia headband pairs with a ladylike pair of ivory and taupe oval Miu Miu frames.

Sleek and sporty

Whether you’re hitting the beach volleyball court or the links this summer, a classic pair of Oakley frames will have you protected with ease of movement. The versatile frame will fit effortlessly under the brim of a visor, ready for all of summer’s active moments.

Quirky cool


Embrace the quirkiness of this starfish hair clip with an equally bold sartorial choice. These aqua-tinted, orange-framed Versace frames provide enough under-the-sea aesthetics for one look. An oversized pair of candy-colored frames? That’s enough for a summer statement.

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