The Best Summer Accessories for Your Outfits

Let’s face it- summer outfits can lack the interest and detail that outfits for other seasons possess. The heat cranks up and you want to wear as little clothing as possible.

It’s easy to fall into the same trap of wearing shorts and a t-shirt, or the same dress over and over. The easiest way to dress up your summer outfits is with accessories, and the best summer accessories for women are straw and rattan accessories.

Straw and rattan accessories make the best accessories for summer because they are budget friendly and provide an easy update to your summer wardrobe. They just make your cute summer outfits even more interesting.

Note: when shopping for these accessories you will see the words straw, rattan, raffia, and wicker used. You may also find items under “woven.” Search each for more options.

Rattan earrings

This set from Amazon contains six pair of rattan earrings for less than $15, making them super affordable. These earrings pair perfectly with your neutral outfits and colorful outfits alike, but they really add some texture to neutral outfits. This set of four contains a few different styles from the other set.

These make the perfect summer accessory because they are so light you might forget you are wearing them. They make a big statement without the weight.

Who wants to be weighed down by accessories and bags when it’s hot outside? It’s tempting to leave off the little extras that make an outfit in the summer, but straw and rattan accessories let you keep the style without the bulk and weight.

womens summer outfit with rattan earrings

Shirt- old- option; shorts- Old Navy; shoes- Yellow Box; tote- option

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Straw bags

A straw bag is a classic summer accessory. They have been popular since the 50s and 60s. It’s another easy way to lighten up your look.

Where you choose a straw tote or a smaller round straw bag, you can’t go wrong. Don’t save your straw bag for the beach or for a tropical getaway. Take this summer accessory with you everywhere you go.

cute summer outfit with straw bag

Top- Kohls- option; option; shorts- Old Navy; bag- Amazon; earrings- Kendra Scott; sandals- Yellow Box option

You can find straw bags in the traditional neutral straw colors or with colors dyed in.

striped straw bag with colorful summer outfit

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Straw belts

Another one of the best summer accessories for women is a straw belt. You can easily change up the look of a simple tshirt dress with a straw belt.

I’ll admit I love this look on others more than on myself. I have such a short torso that belting over emphasizes that.

However, with the stretchy belt I’m able to belt a dress with no waist a little lower so it doesn’t look as funny. The belt I’m wearing here comes in a four pack and the best thing about them besides being stretchy is the adjustable tab to hold the belt in place. I hate a belt that flops away from the body. Tip: You can also hold a belt in place with fashion tape.

Related: The Easiest Summer Outfit Four Ways

tshirt dress with straw belt

Dress- Kohls; similar shoes- Kohls; belt- Amazon

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Straw headbands and hair accessories

A straw or rattan headband brings a nice summer touch to an outfit. It’s another simple way to get those summer vibes and to add interest without piling on layers.

women's summer outfit with straw accessories

Shirt- JCrew Factory; shorts- option; shoes- Kohls; headband- Amazon; tote- Amazon

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The Absolute Best Summer Accessory- The Straw Hat

Last, but certainly not least is the straw hat. Hats come in all styles and shapes.

Throwing on a hat with any dud of an outfit instantly gives it a cool factor. A straw hat serves so many more purposes besides fashion. It hides flat hair in humidity and protects you from the sun.

Be sure to read How to Look Good in A Hat for tips on finding the most flattering hat for you. I promise there is one out there for you.

womens summer outfit with straw hat

Shirt- JCrew Factory; shorts- Old Navy; hat- old- option; sandals Steve Madden

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What’s your favorite summer accessory? Let me know in the comments below!