During the summer months, having the right accessories in your wardrobe can make all the difference. The warm weather and light evenings inspire impromptu soirées and weekend escapades, which require a wardrobe of versatile outfits that will take you effortlessly from day to night. Fortunately, there’s a vast array of beautiful accessories on offer at The Royal Exchange that will work in any scenario, from the office to the rooftop terrace to the polo fields.
A structured handbag in a bright colour makes for an ideal summertime staple. Smart enough for work and formal occasions – yet bold enough to complement sunnier, brighter days – such bold accessories can instantly lift a simple black dress and strike the perfect balance between boardroom and bar (especially when teamed with a bold lip in a complementary colour). Aspinal of London, Smythson and Sagebrown all offer an array of brightly coloured leather goods and accessories – including handbags, purses, cardholders, tech cases and stationery – that will add a fun splash of colour to your ensemble.
Flat credit card wallet in cobalt saffiano leather, £29, Sagebrown; Panama iPhone 8 case in gold cross-grain calf leather, £125, Smythson; Muses Marilyn Monroe special edition ballpoint pen, £600, Montblanc
A silk scarf is another versatile summer essential. Whether worn around the neck to add interest to a formal outfit, tied around the waist or draped around your shoulders, it is a great way to instantly uplift an outfit, and is light enough to tie to your bag strap when not needed. Lulu Guinness, Hermes, Aspinal of London and Halcyon Days all offer a variety of colours and patterns that will leave you spoilt for choice.
When it comes to jewellery, opt for simple pieces with just enough glimmer to stand out, without being too flamboyant. Halcyon Days’ Salamander bangle watch gets this pared-back luxury just right, with an eye-catching gold-plated pattern overlaying the black enamel strap and an elegant rectangular black watch face. With matching pendants and bangles available, you can dial up the look for evening by adding extra elements that are easy to carry in your handbag.
Finally, one summer accessory no one should be without is a pair of stylish sunglasses. An elegant frame in polished metal will work with any outfit. This pair (pictured top) from Tom Davies is ideal, with its graceful curves, sophisticated black and gold frames, chocolate tinted lenses and tortoise tips.
Discover all of the above accessories, plus many more, within The Royal Exchange’s exceptional collection of luxury boutiques.
Pictured top (L-R):
The Portobello Bag in dahlia saffiano leather, £295, Aspinal of London; Kissing Cameo Girl silk scarf, £110, Lulu Guinness; LE67891 sunglasses, £395, Tom Davies; Salamander black and gold pendant, £75, and watch, £150, both at Halcyon Days