Vintage Inspired Summer Accessories

Ah, May. The month of two bank holidays and just enough sunshine that my thoughts are turning to summer holidays, and along with it all the accessories that are missing from my summer wardrobe. I say missing…what I really mean is, all the accessories I want to add to my summer wardrobe.

As you may know if you’ve been following my vintage fashion series I’m a big fan of all things vintage, so I’ve rounded up some of my favourite summer accessories with a vintage twist. Enjoy!

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Bags

Very important. They need to be big enough to hold the essentials: book, biscuits, beach towel during the day and purse, keys, phone for the evening. I’ve narrowed it down to two (and a half) favourites:

First up, how lovely is this reclaimed vintage ASOS beach bag? I love the summery colours and it’s more than big enough for a book or two, a bottle of water, biscuits, a beach towel and a few other bits I reckon!

For evenings I prefer something a bit bolder. This shell-shaped rainbow bag by Banned is wonderfully retro!

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And, finally – a picnic basket (here’s where the half comes in). Beaches aren’t my husbands thing, so we rarely head there for a day trip. Instead, you’ll find us popping to the park for a picnic, and I have this very picnic basket. As you can see, it’s perfect for scones.

Books

Reading forms a massive part of my summer holidays, my record is 9 books read during a two-week beach holiday in 2009.  Next on my list is Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans. I’ve recently been to see the film version starring Gemma Arterton (she’s wonderful in it), and now I’m desperate to read the book.

Sunglasses

Whether you’re heading to the beach, walking in the Lake District or off on a jaunt in the car, sunglasses are a must! I adore these vintage-inspired cat eye sunnies from New Look.

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Sandals

I love, love, love sandals! Rocket Originals is a vintage reproduction brand that use original 1940s and 1950s patterns to create their shoes. They’re on the pricier side, but are mega-comfy on my wide feet, and I can walk for miles in them (always a plus during vintage festival season). These red ones are definitely on my wish list!

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These tan beauties from Evans also feature on my (fairly extensive by this point) wish list. They’re a lovely muted colour that goes with pretty much everything and look like the sort of thing you could wear to the beach then out for dinner. As long as you get the sand out first, of course.

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Hats

As someone who burns easily and who’s obsessed with hats, I love a good straw hat! This one from ASOS has a pretty bow detail at the back which makes me think of summer picnics and frolicking through fields (I think it’s the gingham).

Hair flowers

I adore hair flowers, but don’t tend to wear them in winter except at Christmas, when I go all out! However, as soon as the warmer weather hits, they adorn my head pretty much every day. Pin Up Curl and Shazam! Vintage both have some amazing summer-inspired original designs out at the moment. I love this sunny yellow pansy from Pin Up Curl, while this lobster claw hair flower from Shazam! Vintage puts me in mind of exotic locations and cocktails!

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Suitcase

And, finally, of course you can’t go anywhere without a suitcase! I’ve had my eye on a vintage inspired one for a while. As much as I love original ones, I like to pack for all eventualities and then some, so I need wheels! This London Fog suitcase from Amazon has a lovely retro twist while being sturdy enough to hold all my bits and pieces (read: books and shoes).

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How about you, lovely readers? Anything you’ve come across that I should be adding to my holiday wishlist?

Carrie-Ann

Carrie-Ann loves vintage fashion (original, repro - as long as it's '40s or '50s inspired, anything goes) and her husband, and has an unhealthy attachment to Doctor Who, confectionery, and the Oxford comma.

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