Affordable and Fun Accessories for Summer

    How many of us look forward to summer shopping as the months start to warm up and beach vacations get closer and closer? There’s just something so fun about hitting up the store for new beach towels, pool floats, fun and comfy flip flops and stylish glasses. Summer fashion is all about comfort and affordability combined with bright and fun colours and designs and eye-catching style while going minimal. Think t-shirts, sarongs, and big hats. It’s not too complicated, but it’s definitely fun! 

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    When you’re choosing your summer outfits and accessories, though, you want them to be affordable. Nobody wants a pile of accessories that break the bank. So how can you strike a balance between stylish brands that have you looking your very best, and affordable, durable accessories that aren’t going to bankrupt you? 

    The great news is that there are tons of amazing brands and designers that have started creating some really fun, durable and accessible accessories that are very bit as affordable as they are on-trend. Many of them you can find right at your favourite retail store. 

    We’ve outlined a few ideas for affordable summer accessories below. This is by no means an exhaustive list! 

Glasses, Sunglasses and Eyewear Accessories
Sunglasses are one of those things that we all love to buy up, especially in summer. If you’re like us, you’re perusing every glasses case at every gas station, retail outlet and clothing store you stop at, all summer long, buying up pair after pair. Why not? Often fun, funky and stylish sunglasses are pretty cheap and let’s face it, they’re also easy to lose.

Especially when you’re heading from vacation spot to vacation spot. Having an arsenal of stylish and fun sunglasses to match every mood and outfit is just good sense. With many awesome sunglasses brands, including Panama Jack, Ray Ban, celebrity lines and more offering affordable options in their recent lines, you can easily afford to stock up on as many pairs as you want! 

Prescription glasses are also starting to see designer trends, too. Turns out people want something more from their prescription glasses than just boring, mundane frames in muted shades of gray or brown. Luckily, high-end fashion designers and celebrities alike have jumped into the fray and begun offering some really innovative, stylish and functional designs for prescription glasses that can match any outfit or look. Available in tons of frame choices, as well as styles and colours, you’ll have tons of options to choose from. And because they’re affordable, you can grab a different pair for every day of the week, with your own prescription, and still have money left over to get the sunglasses, too.

Check out this website for a few examples of stylish, brand-name prescription glasses that are as stylish as they are affordable. 

And don’t forget the accessories! Chains, glasses holders, lenses and cleaners, and more! Taking care of your glasses is key, so why not invest in an affordable and adorable glasses case to keep those babies safe? 

Hats and Head Gear
Protecting your skin and eyes from the sun is very important, and it can be stylish too, with the latest offerings from designer brands. If a huge, wide-brimmed sun hat is your style, more power to you, but for those who love something a bit more subtle, there’s plenty of choices for you this summer. 

Lots of luxury brands are offering fun and cool hat designs for affordable prices, with stores like Neiman Marcus and others carrying entire lines, including sun hats, ball caps, beanies, berets, and so much more. Whether you’re feeling a little sporty, preppy, bohemian, or just want something simple to block the sun while you’re at the beach, you can find the perfect hat for you. 

Not a hat person? There’s plenty of other options for affordable head coverings like scarves, bandanas, and headwraps in a wide variety of styles and colours, and they’re all super affordable, too! 

Shoe shopping for summer is always fun; there’s so many options to choose from! From $1 flip flop promotions at your favourite clothing outlet, to the latest in stylish sandals designs, creative and fashion-forward athletic shoes/running shoes, to sophisticated and stylish slides, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the best in affordable fashion footwear.

It used to be that affording a pair of designer shoes was impossible for most of us; nowadays, you can find luxury brand shoes at a number of retail outlets and online, with many designers offering affordable versions of their high-end collections for a fraction of the price. Whether you’re heading to the beach in some flops, out for a night on the town with some gorgeous heels, or going for a run with a great new pair of kicks, you’ll love your new shoes, whatever you choose. 

Purses and Totes
People have very strong opinions when it comes to the bags they carry. You might be a purse person who wants a durable, sturdy, classy and elegant bag; understated and classic, clean and compact. Or perhaps you’re more of a bohemian and prefer a sustainable tote that carries everything you need while vibing with your free spirited aesthetic. Maybe you fall somewhere in between and just want a simple, trendy and cool purse that gets the job done. 

Whatever your style, designers are creating affordable bags and purses that fit any aesthetic, are made with sustainable materials, and designed to stand the test of time. Wherever  you take it this summer, your bag will stand up to the elements and provide you with gorgeous style. And best of all, they’re super affordable.

Jewelry and More
Some accessories are necessities, like hats, shoes and purses. Others are just more about the adornment; completing a look or outfit with that perfect piece to showcase your personality and tell the world about your style. When it comes to things like jewelry, scarves and hair accessories, you want them to compliment your style without going off budget. 

These days, it’s easier than ever to find great accessories and pieces that compliment your style without costing a fortune. Many designer brands are creating fun accessories for retail outlets that fit within a budget and are genuinely cute. You’ll fall in love with some of the newest styles on offer. 

You can also support local businesses by perusing craft fairs and markets to find handmade pieces by local artists, designers and creators just like you. Find truly unique pieces, sometimes even custom made for a fraction of the price that you’d pay at a high-end jewelry store. Often these items are crafted with sustainable materials and made to last, plus they don’t cost a fortune and you get to support a local artist. These unique, one-of-a-kind accessories will quickly become your favourites! 

Mix it up: why not combine your favourite accessory or designer piece with something handmade and funky? Merging different fashion choices with your own unique looks is a great way to create fashion that’s all your own and genuinely you. And you don’t have to break the bank to do it. 

Accessories are fun, and they can be accessible to everyone, regardless of budget, if you just look outside the box and find pieces that are versatile and affordable. Gone are the days of innovative fashion only being available to the wealthy. Now you can find great pieces for less, that compliment any outfit and make your looks truly pop, all summer long! You're going to have a fantastic, stylish summer!

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