This week is Better Than Basics week! Today we’re talking all about Better Than Basic accessories and shoes for summer. Here are 21 really fantastic ones at all price points!

Let’s talk about accessories and shoes for summer

In the summer when it’s too hot to wear anything but the bare essentials, accessories are a must. A few great accessories and shoes for summer can take those super basic outfits to the next level.

It’s day FIVE of Better Than Basics and today I want to show you some of my favorite accessories and shoes for summer.

If you missed days 1-4, you can find them RIGHT HERE:

What makes accessories or shoes better than basic?

These are the kinds of accessories and shoes that are a step above your super basics. Basics are important and essential to your closet, but these are the kind of accessories and shoes that add some personality, a pop of color, a little fun.

Here are some things to look for in Better Than Basic accessories and shoes for summer.

  • Fabric – the quality or type of the fabric makes a big difference in how nice a dress or jumpsuit looks and feels. Linen, lace, eyelet, ponte knit, crisp cotton…all are great choices.
  • Color – bright or saturated colors are fun and not so basic!
  • Print – stripes, polka dots, floral, gingham…prints make these pieces so fun.
  • Shape – swing dresses, wide leg jumpsuits, tiered dresses, fit and flare dresses, jumpsuits and dresses with waist ties
  • Sleeve, neckline, and waist details¬† – puffed sleeves, square or v-shaped necklines, wrap style, ruffle sleeves, tie sleeves, waist tie…so many options!

How to wear a better than basic jumpsuit or dress

Since these are one-and-done pieces, the only thing you have to add is accessories!

And these accessories will make or break the outfit, so choose wisely.

  • Add a baseball cap or felt fedora for a fun summer look.
  • Try a cool pair of modern, low cut sneakers with a dress or jumpsuit
  • Dress it up with some statement earrings, a stack of bracelets, or a few necklaces layered.
  • If you’re wearing sandals, choose a fun sandal with detailing

Here are a few examples.

outfit details for all of these outfits are linked HERE

Check out these great 21 Better Than Basic accessories and shoes for summer

If you missed the first days of Better Than Basics, check them out here:

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21 Better Than Basic Accessories and Shoes for Summer

This week is Better Than Basics week! Today we’re talking all about Better Than Basic accessories and shoes for summer. Here are 21 really fantastic ones at all price points!

Let’s talk about accessories and shoes for summer

In the summer when it’s too hot to wear anything but the bare essentials, accessories are a must. A few great accessories and shoes for summer can take those super basic outfits to the next level.

It’s day FIVE of Better Than Basics and today I want to show you some of my favorite accessories and shoes for summer.

If you missed days 1-4, you can find them RIGHT HERE:

What makes accessories or shoes better than basic?

These are the kinds of accessories and shoes that make a statements by themselves — they stand out, add personality, and fun to an otherwise simple outfit.

Here are some things to look for in Better Than Basic accessories and shoes for summer.

  • Color – bright or saturated colored shoes or hats or jewelry are fun with a solid colored, basic outfit
  • Prints – a pair of polka dot print shoes, or a striped baseball hat would make a great statement
  • Size – oversized earrings, a large stack of bracelets, or several layered necklaces raise the interest level
  • Embellishments – sandals with studs, flats with bows on the toe, textured woven sandals…all add personality to your outfit

How to wear Better Than Basic accessories and shoes

Statement accessories and shoes look best with more subtle outfits, which is perfect during the summer when you’re wearing lots of basics.

Throw on a simple summer dress and then add a colorful pair of sandals, or something with studs. Or add a bright colored baseball cap, or some statement earrings.

If you’re just wearing shorts and a t-shirt, bold sandals, sneakers, hats, earrings, or other jewelry is the perfect way to make your outfit feel Better Than Basic.

Here are a few examples.

outfit details for all of these outfits are linked HERE

Check out these great 21 Better Than Basic accessories and shoes for summer

1. PINK SUEDE BASEBALL HAT | 2. BLUE LA BASEBALL HAT | 3. LEOPARD PRINT HAT | 4. FELT FEDORA | 5. RATTAN HEADBAND

6. LEOPARD PRINT HEADBAND | 7. STACKABLE BRACELETS | 8. GOLD CHAIN NECKLACES | 9. BROWN LEATHER BELT BAG

10. RATTAN EARRINGS | 11. WHITE STATEMENT EARRINGS | 12. CLAY RAINBOW EARRINGS | 13. CLAY BLUE EARRINGS

14. PINK & YELLOW SANDALS | 15. RAINBOW SANDAL SLIDES | 16. STUDDED SLIDES | 17. STUDDED WRAP SANDALS

18. DOTTED CROSSOVER SANDALS | 19. OMBRE SLIDE SANDALS | 20. GREEN BOW SANDALS | 21. BAUBLE STUDDED BLACK SLIDES

One Comment

  1. Kristin says:

    WHat a great post!!! I loved it!!! Seeing how you paired basic with not so basic was inspiring and I can’t wait to copy these looks all summer long!!! THANK you

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