8 accessories that are in this summer and 5 that are out, according to designers

8 accessories that are in this summer and 5 that are out, according to designers

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Statement pieces, like chunky belts and bangles, are back this summer.

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  • Business Insider asked three fashion designers which accessories are in and out for summer. 
  • Large sunglasses, big hair accessories, and lightweight scarves will be huge trends.
  • On the other hand, micro bags and chunky earrings are falling out of the spotlight.
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Inflation finally seems to be steadily cooling down, so now is the perfect time to restock your wardrobe for the summer.

Luckily, Business Insider spoke with three fashion designers to find out which accessory trends are in and out for the season — so you don’t have to waste your hard-earned cash on out-of-style pieces.

Here’s what the experts said.

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Statement hair accessories are all the rage.

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Bows are especially big right now.

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According to Danielle Udoh, fashion designer and founder of NADI, larger hair accessories that make a statement are beating out smaller clips and pieces.

“Accessories like big hair clips and giant bows will be seen more in people’s hair this summer, as opposed to muted pieces,” she said.

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Chunky bangles are a stylish blast from the past.

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Stacking chunky bangles makes a statement.

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Chunky bracelets, especially a stack of bangles, are set to come back in style, according to Princess Logan, fashion designer and founder of Duvera the Brand.

“After being in style during the ’90s, we’re seeing chunky bracelets and bangles come back in a way that elevates every outfit,” she told BI.

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Italian charm bracelets are a fun way to personalize any outfit.

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You can switch out charms to go with different outfits and styles.

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Italian charm bracelets — bracelets comprised of customizable, modular links — are going to be a fun addition to summer outfits, according to Logan.

“I love that these bracelets are interchangeable, so you can make them unique,” the designer said. “They’ve been around for a while, and they’re still so stylish.”

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Military-surplus accessories add a unique touch to any ensemble.

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Canvas backpacks are practical and trendy.

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Buying accessories from military-surplus stores is on the rise, according to Johansen. People have already been shopping at the stores for jackets, pants, and other trendy clothing items, but now they’re expanding their purchases.

“The accessories have been overlooked despite the chicness, durability, and practicality,” he told BI. “But I think people are starting to gravitate toward bags and accessories.”

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Lightweight scarves are a nice way to elevate outfits in the summer.

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Silk and satin materials are cool for the summer.

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Although scarves are a practical accessory in colder months, Udoh said lightweight options will be everywhere this summer.

“Lightweight scarves, made of cotton and lace, are a great accessory for those getting more into fashion who want to add something different to their outfit this summer,” she told BI.

They can be added to purses or even wrapped around your head as a shield from the sun.

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Y2K-inspired bags are still on the rise.

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Smaller bags with fun details, like braided textures, fit the trend.

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Although the Y2K aesthetic has died down a bit in terms of clothing, Johansen said, accessories are still on the rise. In the coming months, you can expect to see plenty of mini shoulder bags and purses.

“Although the style is available in many modern stores, vintage Y2K bags from designers like Miu Miu and Prada are easily accessible at low prices, and they align perfectly with the trends we see in 2024,” he told BI.

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Funky belts are a great addition to a simple getup.

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The Western aesthetic is big right now.

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Statement belts, including big, circular, or Western-inspired varieties, are starting to trend.

“People are looking to replace standard and spiked belts this summer, so indie-sleaze and Western-inspired ones will be the way to do so,” Johansen told BI.

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On the other hand, chunky earrings won’t be as big.

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Maximalist jewelry isn’t in this season.

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Dainty jewelry is becoming more popular, so according to Logan, it’s time to put away any big, bold earrings.

“I find chunky earrings way too heavy, and the chunky look doesn’t seem to match many aesthetics or outfits these days,” she said.

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Chokers with large flowers quickly rose to fame, but the trend is dying out.

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Ditch the big flowers around your neck for now.

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There was a short period when people favored skinny chokers with large, exaggerated flowers. But according to Logan, that trend is quickly dying.

“The design was cute for a moment, but the chokers only look good with certain dresses, so they’re quickly going out of style,” she told BI.

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Micro purses are cute, but their impracticality is causing them to die out.

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Tiny bags aren’t practical for nearly any activity.

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Extra-small bags (reminiscent of coin purses) were a cute staple at one point. But according to Udoh, they’re no longer desirable.

“The microscopic size of the bags isn’t practical anymore, and people are being more realistic by opting for shoulder bags,” she said.

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Street-wear side bags aren’t super trendy anymore.

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Any bag you’d wear on a hike should stay on the trails.

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Sidebags and crossbody bags aligned with the rise of the “gorpcore” aesthetic, where people wore practical outdoor clothing in stylish ways. But the hype is withering away.

“Vintage or secondhand bags with unique looks are far more sustainable than the previously trendy and logo-heavy bags we’ve been seeing the past few years,” Johansen told BI.

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Mohair hats are way too warm for summertime in most places.

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Lighter materials, like canvas, are better for the warmer months.

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Logan told BI that bucket hats and other styles made of fuzzy mohair will be less common in warmer climates.

“The coming temperatures are far too hot to be wearing anything made of mohair, so the trend is bound to die out very soon,” she said.

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