Stand Out This Summer With These Statement Accessories

Good outfits are great, but curated ensembles with statement accessories are better. This summer, it’s all about bright adventurous pieces that can take your wardrobe basics to new heights. Think tinted eyewear, kitschy hair clips, and striking handbags â€“ all of which require minimal effort to style on your part. Ahead, we’ve pulled together some of the most sought-after summer add-ons to shop now.

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Barbie Feet: The Photogenic Pose That’s Become an Instagram Sensation

There’s a reason we love wearing high heels—and it’s not that they’re especially comfortable. It’s that they’re hands down the most flattering footwear. But take a scroll through Instagram, and you’ll find the funny fact that models and bloggers have a trick for occasions when heels aren’t an option, what we’ll now refer to as “Barbie feet.” While Barbie’s plastic feet are permanently molded into a pointed position, Instagram pros are whipping out the pose when they want to elongate their legs in photographs.

To master this pose, there’s only one requirement: Act like you’re wearing an invisible pair of high heels, even though there’s nothing but air under your arches. From the front, it can be hard to tell you’re doing anything at all, but from the side, you can see that you’re balanced solely on the balls of your feet. Read on and you’ll find a breakdown of exactly how to nail this photogenic trick. Now, you’re all set to try it out for your next photo op.

Tip 1: Stand on the balls of your feel to lengthen your legs.

Tip 2: Bend one leg to the side, with the other leg back and behind.

Tip 3: Stand with your legs apart, at more than hip distance.

Tip 4: For extra support, try out a sitting pose.

Tip 5: Try crossing your legs and leaning against a background.

Tip 6: While this pose is great straight-on, also try it out from the side.

Tip 7: It never hurts to add a big smile.

Tip 8: Separate your legs on two stairs for extra dimension.

Tip 9: Hold on to another object like a tree or chair for balance.

IS THIS AN INSTAGRAM HACK THAT FASCINATE YOU OR YOU ON TO THE NEXT ONE?

I Hate to Break It to You, But 2021 Is the Year of the Croc

Fashion has a habit of trolling us with outrageous trends. Crotchless trousers, see-through jeans, ridiculously expensive designer paper clips… All of the aforementioned are very real items sold in the not-too-distant past. But I’d wager no piece garners as much controversy as Crocs. They are, undeniably, a divisive topic of conversation and easily the most Marmite shoes of the modern world. I hate to break it to you, but they’ve made a real dent in 2021, and I know a lot of people aren’t happy about this. When researching this piece, I decided to ask our readers over on the So… Should I Buy This? Instagram group if they love or loathe Crocs, and almost unanimously, over 60 people replied loathe. As one member so eloquently put it, “The little holes are where your dignity seeps out.” 

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The thing is, I can’t seem to get it out of my head that, when styled right, they look good. First, I saw Actress Priyanka Chopra wearing the mint green Crocs last summer, and I thought they looked cute worn with jeans and a T-shirt. These even became so popular they sold out. But then, there were others. Out came the ĂĽber-cool influencers who wore bold yellow Crocs with bright orange jackets or with purple dresses and beige blazers. Suddenly, Crocs became cool. 

This surge in popularity isn’t just anecdotal or some kind of delirium brought on by too much Instagram. According to global fashion search platform Lyst‘s 2020 report, these shoes were the eighth most-wanted item in the world last year, with average monthly searches for Crocs hitting a total of 135,000. True, our response to dressing during the pandemic has meant we’ve steered toward more comfortable pieces—it’s no surprise that Birkenstock’s Arizona sandals are number two on that list or that Nike’s joggers are fourth. Then in April, it was revealed the Crocs has experienced growing online sales. According to the BBC sales “rose by 75.3% in the first quarter and made of a third of total sales for the period.” The Guardian reports it reached ÂŁ331M in sales “just days after a gold pair of Crocs appeared on the Oscars red carpet, sported by musician Questlove, the awards’ musical director.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time fashion has tried to make Crocs popular but it’s probably the most successful. Both Christopher Kane in 2017 and Balenciaga in 2018 created high-fashion versions of the shoe, with the former offering a marbled and bejeweled Croc and the latter offering a platform-style in bright block colors. However, this time, influencers love them, as do the A-list. Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, and Justin Bieber have been seen wearing the trustiest of squeaky flats. Not to mention those aforementioned gold versions. We already know the fashion industry loves Crocs, so now with the Instagram crowd and celebrities on board, we’ve reached the holy trinity and the tipping point for a trend to go mainstream, which is the case. 

While I realize that it’s still going to take a bit to win some people over, I think this reader’s comment sums it up: “I’ll probably see them loads on Insta over springtime styled well, and by summer, I’ll have converted and been wearing them.” And that, dear readers, is how fashion works. Keep scrolling to see Crocs in action. Then, go on to see the ones you can shop right now. 

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Everyone’s About to Own This Color Swimsuit—Just Watch

Summer will be here before you know it, and it’s our job as editors to ensure your seasonal wardrobe is completely up to date. We’ve already bombarded you with tons of summer trend and swim content, but if you ask us, the more the merrier, especially when it comes to swimwear. If you’re looking to upgrade your swim collection ever so slightly, we highly suggest buying into the color trend of the season: bubblegum pink. Instead of splurging on fleeting (yet exciting) new trends, just grab your favorite swimsuit style in this bubbly pink hue and call it a day. Yes, your summer shopping just got 10 times easier—you’re welcome. 

Ahead you will find a large selection of the best bubblegum-pink bikinis and one-pieces on the market from Shein.US. Shein is an affordable brand that sells designer-like pieces, you will surely find the perfect pink suit for your summer adventures in the assortment below. 

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