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Sizzling summer must-haves

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Summer fashion essentials

Most of us can't afford to buy a whole new wardrobe every season, so we have to shop smart to get the most bang for the buck. Stay chic this summer by adding budget-friendly, colorful or unique accessories to your look.

Sizzling summer accessories

With the right shoes, handbag or accessories, no one will even notice you are wearing last year's dress. This summer, invest in one of these pieces to give any outfit a fresh, new appeal.

1Shield sunglasses

Aviators aren't the only hot style in sunglasses this year. Shield sunglasses offer a modern edge that suits everyone. We love the AX Armani Exchange Rimless Shield Sunglasses, priced at just $65 at Nordstrom. The slight wrap shape offers full sun protection and lots of style.

2A bag that pops

Look for a medium sized bag that you can carry every day. Embrace color. Cobalt blue, hot pink and racy red are all perfect for summertime. But what's really hot this year are citrus shades. We love the Culture Phit Bree Bow Braid Hobo in orange or yellow. At under $100 from Zappos, this roomy faux leather bag is a fantastic buy.

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3A big floppy hat

At the royal wedding, all eyes were on the hats. And though you might not want to wear some of the outrageous headwear we saw at Westminster Abbey, the right hat can make your outfit. This summer, whether you are sunning poolside or having drinks at an outdoor party, wear a wide-brimmed sunhat. For plenty of sun protection and a touch of glamour, get the Raffia Braid Sunhat from Shopbop, priced at $98.

4Unique shoes

No matter what you are wearing, put all eyes on your shoes by picking sandals with unusual heels, interesting materials or fancy embellishments. Check out these gorgeous Pelle Moda 'Basil' Sandals with studded details, wooden platforms and intricate beading over the open-toe. Priced at $150, these pretty sandals are perfect for a summer party.

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