Common accessory staples like shoes and handbags have long been relied upon (and even exploited to a point) to make or break an outfit. Of course, these are important to any fashionistas wardrobe arsenal, but sometimes it's just nice to focus on the little things when it comes to making a statement. Sure, you’ve got your basic hair clips and even preppy headbands at the ready, but this summer why not try out something a little more bolder?
For Your Inner Gossip Girl: If you’re scared to shy away from your typical preppy style, simply try a more striking version of it. Take a cue from Blair Waldorf herself and go for something like this girly polka-dotted headband from Forever 21 ($4.80). It can easily make any look more stylish and fashionable without being obnoxious or screaming, “Look at me, look at me!” Seeking something a little more adventurous? Urban Outfitter's Leaf Cluster Head Wrap ($20.00) is the perfect finishing touch to your favorite little black dress. Add some pearls and a cute pair of heels, and you're more than ready for all those summer weddings you've already RSVP'd for.
For Surfer Girls and Pool-Side Princesses: If you’re hanging poolside, why not do it fashionably incognito? This big oversized grosgrain hat from Anthropologie ($38.00) makes a low-key day all the brighter. Ready to grab your board and snag a rip curl? Channel your inner ocean goddess with this oh-so-gorgeous Free People Shell and Crochet Headband ($28.00).
For City Girls Who Like to Strut Their Stuff: If you’re looking for something a little more urban chic, try a bright and beautiful head wrap like J. Crew's orange-patterned antique scarf ($58.00). Want something that works both day and night? Slip on Madewell's classic pananma hat ($58.00) with your favorite short-shorts, blazer and heels for hot look that's perfect for a cool lounge or lazy day at the park.
– By Kristy Shaulis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign