From Runway to Reality: The 7 Summer 2021 Accessory Trends to Know

Of all the fashion items there are to buy out there, accessories are what I'll always care about the most. I just love that you can wear a new bag or pair of earrings every day and probably won't get tired of it. Plus, an accessory can completely change an outfit, no matter how basic or simple it is. That might explain why the bulk of my shopping budget goes toward shoes, bags, jewelry, hats, and hair accessories. Especially for summer when you're trying to wear as few pieces as possible to handle the heat, accessories are necessary to add more personality to your look.

While designers sent many accessories down their S/S 2021 runways, there are always a few standout options that translate well into people's wardrobes. Sometimes, something may look right on a model or in a campaign but may not fit well for everyday attire, even if you do have "out-there" style. Below, I rounded up the trends that are worth giving attention to as summer continues.

Baseball Caps

Baseball caps are certainly not new, but I'm seeing them incorporated much more into stylishly curated ensembles rather than the usual athletic moment. Aside from being an excellent remedy to a bad hair day, they add personality and a casual, sporty touch to any look.

Runway:

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Courtesy of Celine
Reality:
Baseball cap trend

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@jordanrisa

Practical Totes

While tiny bags are cute, oversize options are the epitome of summer to me. How else are you going to fit everything you need for a warm-weather adventure? And the versatility is quite impressive. There are few bags that you can feasibly take to the farmers market, to the beach, and to brunch. 

Runway:

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Courtesy of ACNE Studios
Reality:
Straw logo bag

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@alyssainthecity

Comfy Shoes

While slippers and slides were seen quite a bit on the runways, it seems like the fashion world took the comfy theme and decided to run with it. Brands like Crocs and Birkenstock are selling out, so it seems like people aren't ready to give up the comfort anytime soon.

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Courtesy of Balenciaga

Tinted Sunglasses

Seventies trends have been reigning all summer, and tinted sunglasses are continuing to rise in popularity. Maybe I'm biased, but they also seem to flatter every person I've seen wear them.

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Courtesy of Miu Miu
Reality:
Cat-eye sunglasses

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@claire_most

Phone Accessories

When designers sent phone straps on their runways, it sent a message that even your device can be seen as an accessory. However, with the Y2K theme of the summer, it seems like the trend has shifted away from designer versions and toward DIY and beaded options.

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Courtesy of Versace
Reality:
Anklets

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@devonleecarlson

Over-the-Top Hats

I recently watched the episode of Friends where Rachel wears a gigantic hat Ross gifted her and, when everyone makes jokes, continues to say, "Hats are back." For summer 2021, that quote carries much relevancy.

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Courtesy of Kenzo

Belly Chains

While belly chains have popped up in the collections of Chanel and Dior in the past, they were too controversial to translate to everyday wear. But this summer, I've spotted them plenty on the fashion set. 

Runway:
Crew sock trend

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Courtesy of Bevza
Reality:

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@jen_wonders
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