What’s In Style This Summer? It’s All About Trendy Accessories


Want to know what’s trending this summer? Accessories. Anything gingham, straw, tassels, and fringe.

I admit it, I love to shop. (Especially for bargains.) You may have admired some of these accessories online or in local shops. And if you recall some familiar trends from last summer, you’re not going crazy. They carried over. And that’s great news, especially if you’re a mom and don’t have a lot of time to shop.

Pom poms, tassels, and straw totes

Pom poms, tassels, and straw totes are popping up everywhere. Thankfully, they come in all shapes, sizes and price points. Tory Burch may have a to-die-for straw clutch with fringe and colorful tassels that costs as much as my first apartment, but you can get a similar one from Francesca’s for under $30. I found an adorable straw clutch on Poshmark that’s trendy but still sophisticated. And at $36, I definitely didn’t break the bank. 


Another style statement that will probably take you back to your childhood this summer? Gingham. Ah, yes, gingham. Cute, preppy checks mixed with solids and patterns are making a huge splash this season. Gingham heels, espadrilles, belts and scarves. You can find them in navy, black, baby blue, pink, green and even picnic poppy. There are also gingham dresses, blouses, and shorts out there too, but you have to know how to wear it and what to pair it with.

When it comes to wearing patterns like gingham, take the advice of Parisian women: Don’t over-do it. I received a fun book for Mother’s Day from my cousin that shares secrets on how to dress like a Parisian. So showing up at a summer cocktail party in a gingham dress with matching gingham shoes? You’ll look more like a picnic table than a fashion Do. But pairing a gingham blouse with white summer pants and colorful tassel earrings? Hello, now you’re talking.

My cousin and I went shopping the other day for cute summer sandals and couldn’t resist a pair of Michael Kors gingham heels from Macy’s. They’re surprisingly comfortable and perfect for girls’ night out, weddings or summer parties. The best part is they add just the right amount of gingham without making you look like a picnic table.

Tassels and Fringe


And speaking of another summer accessory staple, fringe and tassels are still in. Who doesn’t love tassel and fringe earrings? I recently purchased a pair from Rhode Island online fashion boutique FabFinds by Ainsley and Chase owned by fashionable Rhode Islander Pamela Freeman (who I met at a party recently).

And as far as tassels and fringe go, they’re not just for your ears. Tassels and fringe are everywhere. You can find the trend dangling from beach cover-ups, blouses, summer dresses, necklaces, and even beach totes. Tassel key chains are perfect for placing on your beach bag or clutch for instant trend effect. They come in fabric, leather, and oh yes, pleather. I’d stick with fabric tassels or pom poms for the summer and save the pleather ones for the fall. If you don’t have time to shop, look for similar items at a craft store and re-create the look on a dime. I found fabric fringe wine glass holders at a garage sale last summer for $4 and clip them on my purses all the time.

I found these J Crew gingham espadrilles online at Poshmark for a trendy casual look.

Have fun. Be a smart shopper. Stick with these fun and not too expensive trends and you’ll definitely be styling this summer. xo 

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Jackie Hennessey is a Rhode Island mom who honestly gets what other mothers go through. Having worked full-time, part-time, and been a stay-at-home mom too, she sees motherhood from a variety of angles. And thankfully, with a sense of humor. Jackie blogs about her take on motherhood and mid-life at ventingsessions.com and writes about it in her award-winning gift book, How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker. Jackie is a native Texan with some roots and relatives in Rhode Island. (She's a NASA kid and her Houston accent usually comes out when she's blasting Willie Nelson in the car.) She has more than two decades of experience in public relations and journalism and holds a BA in journalism from Texas A&M University, where she received the “Best Aggie-Life writer” award. (She still has the tacky maroon plaque in her home office to prove it.) Jackie was a cast member of the 2013 and 2017 Listen to Your Mother Shows, where she formed lasting bonds with the incredible women she shared the stage with in honor of Mother’s Day. Her writing has been featured in The Barrington Times, the book Mommy Diarist and blogs like Scary Mommy and BluntMoms. She has donated her PR expertise to many local non-profits from Arts Alive to Dress for Success since launching her professional pr consultancy in 2006. When she’s not writing, consulting, volunteering, ubering her kids around, vacuuming up dog hair or folding laundry while binge-watching Netflix, she likes to vent with dear friends over cheese dip. Jackie is married to her high school sweetheart and they live in Barrington, Rhode Island with their two teens and three fluffy and friendly Golden Retrievers.