Warmer weather always invites a more carefree standard of living and dressing. Miami weather in particular, with highs over 100 degrees and a humidity that can steam the life out of anyone, warrants a much more simple take on your wardrobe while still being practical and sensibly styled.
Switching to straw accessories during the summer months is the perfect balance between elegance and efficiency in one water and sweat resistant material. This year, I’ve moved beyond the simple straw beach totes and floppy hats to a more sophisticated and all-day appropriate option to incorporate with my uniform (denim and tees 4 evr <3).
When choosing to incorporate straw accessories into your wardrobe, opt for pieces with more structure and body to give an elevated appeal to your overall look. Something like a wide straw tote is perfect for lounging out back at Soho Beach House but I’m not sure it would pair well with stilettos for dinner at Prime 112. Think “strolling through Capri” instead of “day drinking at Wet Willy’s.” And for those that are apprehensive of wearing straw at night, with a bit of guidance and careful editing through your online carts, the summer trend is ABSOLUTELY doable and encouraged from dawn till dusk.
Easier enough, I’ve compiled a list of my top 4 straw accessories for summer you’ll want to start picking up.
- Boater Hat: The difference here is crucial. Two summers ago, we were all big on floppy hats. Last summer it was the panama hat. This year however, aim for a wider but flat brim, also called a boater hat, to offer a cool topper to any casual fit, especially paired with denim or dresses (two of my favorite combos). The structure in the hat keeps the feel of your overall look more clean and pulled together, making it appropriate for lunch meetings, casual outings, to wear with bikinis or with some high waist slacks.
- Structured Hand Bag: My favorite and probably the easiest way to incorporate straw accessories into a summer wardrobe. My favorite way to shop for these is thrifting, as structured straw bags were huge back in the day and you can pretty much spot one whenever you go thrifting. If not, plenty of retailers are getting the hint and offering smaller structured bags. Some you can wear cross body while others you can carry by the top handle. Either option will polish your summer look perfectly. Wear it with a gingham two piece set or a midi @Reformation dress, your favorite mules and a pair of bright colored sunnies to be as Instagram-ready as ever.
- Clutch: Similar to a structured bag but maybe a better option for night time is the clutch. When the weather starts to heat up, I love tucking a straw clutching under the arm running around from dinner to drinks to dancing. Finding the right one can create an elegant addition to your summer wardrobe and paired with the right statement earrings, there is no pop-up event you won’t be ready for.
- Shoes: Straw accents on shoes have been a new favorite of mine for this year. Of course, having a great straw wedge is the perfect neutral but just know that not all straw wedges are created equal. Also, I’ve stumbled upon straw slides and I’m OBSESSED. Keep the whole luxe casual vibe going from spring into the warmer months by pulling in these slides that literally go with any and everything you already own.
I love straw and am so inspired to look for more pieces to add to my growing collection this year. Do you have a favorite straw accessory that I missed? Don’t be stingy, tell me tell me in the comments below or on Instagram! Until next time.