From P. Diddy's legendary white party to Kate Middleton's iconic white string bikini, white is the unofficial color of summer. But slipping into a bright white frock or pair of linen pants isn't always the most practical way to try out this summertime staple (five words: New York City subway seats). Piling on ivory accessories is an easy way to show off a beachy glow or fresh highlights without having to worry about stains.
If we've learned anything from Project Runway, it's that Michael Kors knows classic beauty. A bold white watch is the perfect summer accessory, casual enough for every day errands but fancy enough for a night out. Think about wearing this piece to the farmer's market with a pair of oversized boyfriend jeans or pairing it with a nautical-inspired striped maxi dress for catching fireworks with friends.
Nothing says cool like a pair of Ray Bans. Wayfarers are the little black dress of sunglasses: everyone needs a pair! These white frames are a throwback to the 80s and the decade's notorious love of white accessories. Plus, if you're missing New York City while feasting on lobster rolls in the Hamptons, take a look on the inside of the frames for NYC's subway map, adding just enough color to this otherwise basic accessory.
Summer is all about breathable knits and loose-fitting billowy fabrics but that doesn't mean you shouldn't draw attention to your curves! A triple wrap braided belt is an easy way to create a feminine shape in a cover-up or tunic. Wrap this belt around your waist multiple times for an hourglass silhouette or simply let it hang loose for a bohemian look.
There's no uglier accessory than a sunburn. It doesn't matter if you're fair-skinned or if you tan easily, it's essential to hide from the sun's harmful rays come summer. A gargantuan floppy hat is the easiest way to stay cool (and look hot) while keeping your skin safe. Add your favorite oversized sunglasses and you've got yourself a truly iconic poolside look. Think Rachel Zoe meets Jackie O.! Besides, who wants to look like a leather handbag once they hit 50?
Kate Spade is all about the details and these adorable bow stud earrings are no different. Outlined in gold, these tiny white bows add just a touch of cute to any outfit. Pair with a neon top and jean cut-off shorts for a stroll along sandy shores or pin hair up, add red lipstick and strapless dress for a classic look.