While the majority of summer shopping happens when we’re getting excited for the season in April through June, the real peak of summer shines through in July and August. We’re now at the height of fun beach weekend getaways, picnics in the park, and ice cream-laden evening strolls. Wearing jeans is absolutely unthinkable in this heat that has intensified immensely since spring - we’re in the thick of the season, no doubt about it. When our wardrobe consists of a rotation of tanks, skirts, dresses, and shorts that can quickly get repetitive, it’s essential to mix up our look with some new vibrant accessories. That’s when a quick revamp of our accessory closets can make all the difference.
All it takes is a new pair of shades or bold jewelry to completely renew an outfit and add an eclectic take. Travel inspired, e-commerce site, Alekka (www.alekka.com), offers carefully curated accessories from cool emerging designers, industry insider favorites, and unique products from the founder’s travels across the globe, making it the perfect go-to for a mid-summer wardrobe pick-me-up. Each accessory on the site is in limited quantity and is sure to pop of something different to your look that can’t be found just anywhere. From funky sunglasses and colorful jewelry, to floaty scarves and chic bags, Alekka brings you everything you need to take you through the rest of your warmer months.
Here are some of Alekka’s top picks for a mid-summer wardrobe tune-up:
New Specs from Le Specs: Craig and Karl Roundabout, $90.00
With summer comes a freedom to mix colors, prints, and patterns that allows us to be much bolder with our wardrobe. The upbeat, sunny demeanor brings a fun vibe so we can be carefree with our fashion choices. What better way to bring that bright element to our look without breaking the bank than with a pair of funky shades? Alekka offers an array of unique sunglasses, such as the Le Specs ones pictured left that are sure to add an element of cool to any look. They’ll allow you to be lighthearted without going overboard, the perfect balance to strike when going bolder. Browse all shades at Alekka here: http://www.alekka.com/collections/sunglasses
The Bolder the Better: Grecian Beaded Earrings, $50.00
Perfectly content with your staple go-to shades? Another way to diversify a look is through daring, bright earrings. In fact, on the brutal days when hair in a ponytail is a must, a sassy pair of dangly earrings can carry an entire look; no other accessories required. These ones hand-picked by Alekka’s founder, Alexandra Voyatzakis, and purchased in Greece are sure to add a pop of color and culture to your summer look. Shades of aqua, sea foam greens, and oranges will blend perfectly with your summer looks and add that burst of color to your neutral outfits. If you’re looking to step up your fashion game, you can’t go wrong with a glam pair of stand-out earrings from Alekka’s assortment. Browse all earrings at Alekka here: http://www.alekka.com/collections/earrings
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Florals For Summer: We Are Owls Crisp Clutch, $364.00
A girl can never have too many purses and that’s a fact of life we aren’t at all unhappy about. Floral patterns are always a statement for spring and summer, but there is a precise way to balance them - keep it minimal, and stay subtly chic. That’s why adding that floral element to our accessories is the way to go. The black base behind the soft blues, pinks, and whites amid the floral print clutch from We Are Owls is the perfect way to add that floral look without over-doing it. The subdued color palette paves the way for incorporating this lovely, feminine style we’ve all come to adore simple and clean. Shop all handbags at Alekka here: http://www.alekka.com/collections/bags
Roll Through the Rest of Summer: Karen London On A Roll Necklace, $52.00
Bulky necklaces make statements, but with the summer heat who wants to layer on anything more than is absolutely necessary? Sometimes, a dainty necklace is all that it takes to make a delicate statement while adding a bit of sparkle to bring out your summer glow. The studded ebony wooden ball on Karen London’s On A Roll necklace is a great way to add a delicately edgy touch to a look. The dainty gold chain mixed with black wood enables it to match any outfit, and it can be easily worn on its own or layered with other feminine chains actress Anna Kendrick chose to do (pictured left). Shop all necklaces at Alekka here: http://www.alekka.com/collections/necklaces
Authentic and Minimal Mystery: LAB by Laura Bunson Sterling Silver Heron Ring, $120.00
Handmade in Brooklyn from a 1930’s dime store charm, it doesn’t get much more eclectic than this ring from LAB by Laura Bunson. A perfect conversation starter, the Heron Ring featuring a silver flamingo just screams “summer,” though it’s likely you won’t want to take it off come fall. The smallest of details can make you feel brand new, so why not add another piece to your finger party while the gloves are stashed away in our closets? Shop all rings at Alekka here: http://www.alekka.com/collections/rings
Seeking to bring the joy of wanderlust to fashion-lovers with the click of a button, Alekka.com launched in the U.S. in the spring of 2014 offering a highly curated selection of accessories by talented emerging designers, select industry-insider favorites, and unique one-of-a-kind items created by artisans from around the globe. Alekka aims to capture the spirit of a life well lived through fashion by offering inspired accessories that one would not find simply anywhere. Created by former fashion journalist and travel enthusiast, Alexandra Voyatzakis, Alekka is a shopping destination for the style adventurer, not the trend follower.