5 Statement-Making Accessory Trends You Can Wear To Every Summer Wedding

Fresh extras for standing out

Updated 08/02/18

Photo by Kallima Photography

Dressing up for a wedding requires a lot of thought. First, what style of dress are you going to wear—a bold print, a one-shoulder style, a little black dress? Or, perhaps you’re not the dress type at all (or you're simply not in a dress mood) and want to try a jumpsuit, sleek separates or a suit. So. Many. Options. Whatever your preference, it starts with the clothes. Then, it’s all about the accessories And we’re all for the statement-making kind to give your look a fresh feel.

While every wedding is an opportunity to go you outside your cocktail comfort zone, summer ceremonies somehow bring out your boldest side—we’ll chalk it up to the sunny weather and warm evening breezes. With the urge to go more playful, seasonal trends are a great way to experiment and figure out what new pieces you can acquire to enliven your wedding guest wardrobe. This season, a host of spirited accessories are hitting big from bold-as-can-be statement earrings (we’re talking super glitzy, incredibly colorful, and extraordinary shapes) to the most darling basket bags (seriously, if you don’t have one of these, you’re definitely not living your best summer) and nostalgic resurgences like beaded handbags and seashell jewelry (a sophisticated version of the puka shell necklace you wore back in middle school).

Whether you’re the flashy type or not, a statement-making accessory (or several) will they do the work for you in terms of achieving an ultra-stylish wedding guest look (you are competing for best-dressed, right?!), whether you’re sprucing up a simple slip or amplifying a bright color or print. It’s that extra pop that will take the most pared-back of looks and drive them into fashion-forward territory (with minimal effort, we might add). What’s not to love?

Here, we’re breaking down five of summer’s most standout accessory trends from handbags to shoes and jewelry. If you’re in the mood to give your wedding guest attire a boost, look no further. Every piece will make an impact.

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Playful Statement Earrings

Courtesy of Mango

From funky and feminine to fruit motifs and abstract shapes, artsy earrings are huge for summer and add a touch of whimsy to any wedding guest look.

Above: Mango Sequin Drop Earrings

SHOP NOW: Mango, $29.99

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Courtesy of Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade New York By The Pool Pineapple Double Drop Earrings

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $68

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Courtesy of Roxanne Assoulin

Roxanne Assoulin Hip-Hop But Not Earrings

SHOP NOW: Roxanne Assoulin, $75 - $120

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Courtesy of Hyworks

Hyworks Chandelier Earrings No.1

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $84

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Courtesy of Wknd LA

Wknd LA Body Language Earrings

SHOP NOW: Wknd LA, $118

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A Unique Basket Bag

Courtesy of Zara

The basket bag (á la Jane Birkin) has transformed into a fashion-forward summer staple and comes in a variety of materials from straw to raffia and bamboo. For the wedding circuit, choose a sleek silhouette with unique detail.

Above: Zara Ruffled Raffia Basket

SHOP NOW: Zara, $29.99

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Courtesy of Nannacay

Nannacay Baby Roge Pom Pom-Embellished Woven Raffia Tote

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $145

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Courtesy of Cult Gaia

Cult Gaia Cupola Bag

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $158

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Courtesy of Artisans of IQ

Artisans of IQ Carla

SHOP NOW: Artisans of IQ, $240

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Courtesy of Pamela Munson

Pamela Munson Petite Isla Bahia Basket

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $240

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Seashell Jewelry

Courtesy of Blooming Dreamer

Seashell jewelry is a fashion-girl favorite this summer from natural looking shells to luxe takes dipped in gold. Not just for weddings by the sea, we love this look in juxtaposition with an elegant dress and fresh-faced beauty.

Above: Blooming Dreamer Sea of Love Necklace

SHOP NOW: Blooming Dreamer, $78

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Courtesy of Choked by a Thread

Choked by a Thread Mermaid Pearl Droplet Earrings

SHOP NOW: Choked by a Thread, $85

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Courtesy of Tohum Design

Tohum Cone Earrings

SHOP NOW: Barneys, $175

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Courtesy of WALD

WALD Collection Juicy Shell Necklace

SHOP NOW: WALD, $220

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Courtesy of Ellery

Ellery Drop Shell Earrings

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, was $475, now $262

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A Beaded Bag

Courtesy of Bershka

Delightfully quirky, beaded bags are another charming trend this summer and fun-loving look no matter the venue. With a retro spirit, have fun with this trend a try a style in a cheerful hue, punchy pattern or made from see-through beads (a highly versatile choice).

Above: Bershka Transparent Beaded Bag

SHOP NOW: Bershka, was $55.90, now $9.90

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Courtesy of Topshop

Topshop Zizi Beaded Shoulder Bag

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $55

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Courtesy of Susan Alexandra

Susan Alexandra The Parfait Bag

SHOP NOW: Susan Alexandra, $265

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Courtesy of Not Impressed

Not Impressed Tulipa Bag in Lilac Iridescent

SHOP NOW: Not Impressed, $345

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Courtesy of Shrimps

Shrimps Antonia Gold Bag

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $685

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Feathered Extras

Courtesy of Steve Madden

For a fanciful finish, feathers are a look screams ‘extra’, but in a good way. In stiletto form, they’re quintessential Carrie Bradshaw, too. To ensure your looks reads cool instead of kooky, keep it to a singular fluffy touch—we’re for a playful shoe or mini bag.

Above: Steve Madden Fefe Heels

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $129.95

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Courtesy of Attico

Attico Jacquard Pouch Bag And Feathers

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $340

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Courtesy of Loeffler Randall

Loeffler Randall Zadie Feather Circle Tote

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $350

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Courtesy of Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies Red Palms Pump

SHOP NOW: Brother Vellies, $495

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Courtesy of Marion Parke

Marion Parke Lainey Sandals

SHOP NOW: Orchard Mile, $595

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