I re-discovered a fantastic quote about accessories recently. Italian fashion journalist Anna Dello Russo said: “Accessories are like vitamins to fashion – as such you should use them liberally.”

If you’re thinking about adding a liberal sprinkling of accessories to your outfits for the upcoming season, in this article you will find all the summer accessories trends you need to know.

Summer accessories to look out for

There are so many different accessory styles for spring and summer that you’re sure to find at least one that suits your style personality.

Two of the major trends showcased on the catwalks were upsized everything – from belts to earrings to bracelets, as well as plenty of 90s revivals, so you may well already have some of these accessories in your closets.

Let me know which your favorites are and which you’ll be wearing in the comments at the bottom.

1. Bucket hats

Wondering what style of hat to wear to protect yourself from the sun for summer, then look no further! The bucket hat was the major hat trend on the runways for spring and summer.

If you aren’t sure if this style of hat will suit you, take a look at the best hats to suit your face shape.

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Michael KorsGiambattista ValliFendi

2. Big belts

If you’re looking for a new belt, make it a big one. You can give your existing outfits a new feel by opting to cinch them with a belt.

Or, you can always opt for three belts like Marc Jacobs (below, left)!

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Marc JacobsAlexander McQueen – Prabal Gurung

3. Oversized chains

Just as the bigger the better for your belts (summer accessories trend #2), the same holds true for your necklaces.

While chain necklaces are always in style, for the upcoming season oversized chains are particularly on-trend.

You could wear yours in plenty of different ways. Many designers (below) chose to show off their chain necklaces with scoop or v-neck tops. They would also look beautiful worn against a block color dress, or worn underneath an open-neck shirt.

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Alexander McQueenBottega VenetaDolce & Gabbana

4. Geometric jewelry

I’m a big fan of contemporary jewelry, and there were plenty of geometric styles on the runways for spring and summer.

I would wear like Alexander McQueen (below, left) or Proenza Schouler (below, right) with a neutral top or dress and let your jewelry be the star of your outfit.

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Alexander McQueen – Prabal Gurung – Proenza Schouler

5. Traditional pearls

Pearls are among the most coveted jewels of all time, worn by everyone from Coco Chanel to Audrey Hepburn, so it’s no wonder that they appear on the catwalks season upon season.

You can guarantee a piece of pearl jewelry will always be in style. You could choose a very traditional look for your pearls such as those below, or opt for pearls styled in a completely different way – take a look at trend #6.

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Simone Rocha – Prabal Gurung – Simone Rocha

6. Modern pearls

If you want to update your pearls, you could choose pearl jewelry with an unexpected twist, such as pearls featured in geometric jewelry (as seen below, left), or an asymmetric style such as that of Miu Miu (center).

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Prabal Gurung – Miu MiuTory Burch

7. Oversized hoops

It seems that everything is oversized for spring and summer. You’ve already seen big belts in trend #2 and big chains in trend #3.

Hoop earrings have also been upsized for spring and summer. If you do want to opt for a larger hoop, you probably want to ensure your earrings aren’t too heavy. Otherwise they will be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.

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Dolce & Gabbana – Prabal Gurung – Proenza Schouler

8. Floral brooches

Florals are always on trend for spring and summer, but they tend to pop up in different accessories from year to year.

For the upcoming season, floral brooches were the most on-trend accessory to choose. Wear them with a stripe or pattern like the looks below.

For more floral ideas take a look at the next trend too.

floral brooches for summer 2020 | 40plusstyle.com

ChanelTory Burch – Louis Vuitton

9. Florals everywhere

As shown above, you can wear your flowers on your lapels. But, florals are on trend no matter what accessory you choose.

You could also opt for flowers on your necklace, bracelet, or on your hat. You can see Marc Jacobs (below, center), has paired two trends together with the use of florals and a bucket hat style.

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Giambattista ValliMarc JacobsGiambattista Valli

10. Animal magic

There is always plenty of animal print on the catwalks, no matter what the season, but for spring and summer, designers decided to feature actual animals, rather than just the print.

As you can see below, any animal goes. Oscar de la Renta opted for insects (below, left), while Erdem (center) choose monkeys, and Gucci decided to adorn belts with the king of the jungle (below, right).

Adding your favorite animal is a great way to add some playfulness to your outfit.

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Oscar de la Renta – Erdem – Gucci

11. Anklets

When it comes to 90s trends, the anklet is right up there with the camisole worn over a t-shirt, the choker necklace or combat pants worn with heels.

For 2020, the anklet is back. Wear with your heels or sandals for summer. As you can see (below), you can choose a thicker chain or a more subtle style.

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Prabal Gurung – VersaceCoach

12. Cuff bracelets

The oversized everything trend also applies to bracelets. Big cuff bracelets were seen all over the runways for spring and summer.

As you can see (below) this style looks beautiful, and brings a slightly Grecian feel to a white outfit.

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Balmain – ValentinoChloé

13. Chain belts

You’ve already seen wide belts, but if you prefer a more subtle look for your waist-wear, you could always add a thin chain, or jewelry-inspired belt.

This look was seen either worn on the waist, as you would expect, or worn on the hips.

For more ideas, take a look at how to wear a belt.

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ChanelMichael KorsTory Burch

14. Ladylike neck scarf

You don’t have to give up wearing your scarves during the warmer months. Simply opt for a scarf in a lightweight fabric.

Color clash your scarf as seen on the Marc Jacobs runways (below, left), or wear in your hair like at Dolce & Gabanna (below right).

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Marc Jacobs – Lanvin – Dolce & Gabbana

15. Rope belt

Another belt option for you to choose from if trend #2 and trend #13 aren’t for you. There were plenty of belts inspired by a nautical style, worn either over a dress or over your coat.

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ValentinoTory Burch – Sacai

16. Brooches of all styles

You’ve already seen floral brooches in trend #8. but, you definitely don’t have to stick to flowers. Brooches in all different styles look lovely worn either on your lapels or your scarf.

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GucciMiu Miu – Erdem

17. Plastic-framed sunglasses

One of the most important accessories you can choose not just for style, but to protect your eyes is a pair of sunglasses.

Opt for either bright frames or neutrals if you want to make sure your sunglasses are on trend for the summer season.

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Salvatore FerragamoGucciOff-White

Which of these summer accessories would you most like to wear for the upcoming season? Do you already have any of these in your closet?

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