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.
Playful Statement Earrings
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
Kate Spade New York By The Pool Pineapple Double Drop Earrings
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $68
Roxanne Assoulin Hip-Hop But Not Earrings
SHOP NOW: Roxanne Assoulin, $75 - $120
Hyworks Chandelier Earrings No.1
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $84
Wknd LA Body Language Earrings
SHOP NOW: Wknd LA, $118
A Unique Basket Bag
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
Nannacay Baby Roge Pom Pom-Embellished Woven Raffia Tote
SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $145
Cult Gaia Cupola Bag
SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $158
Artisans of IQ Carla
SHOP NOW: Artisans of IQ, $240
Pamela Munson Petite Isla Bahia Basket
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $240
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
Choked by a Thread Mermaid Pearl Droplet Earrings
SHOP NOW: Choked by a Thread, $85
Tohum Cone Earrings
SHOP NOW: Barneys, $175
WALD Collection Juicy Shell Necklace
SHOP NOW: WALD, $220
Ellery Drop Shell Earrings
SHOP NOW: Farfetch, was $475, now $262
A Beaded Bag
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
Topshop Zizi Beaded Shoulder Bag
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $55
Susan Alexandra The Parfait Bag
SHOP NOW: Susan Alexandra, $265
Not Impressed Tulipa Bag in Lilac Iridescent
SHOP NOW: Not Impressed, $345
Shrimps Antonia Gold Bag
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $685
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
Attico Jacquard Pouch Bag And Feathers
SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $340
Loeffler Randall Zadie Feather Circle Tote
SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $350
Brother Vellies Red Palms Pump
SHOP NOW: Brother Vellies, $495
Marion Parke Lainey Sandals
SHOP NOW: Orchard Mile, $595