Minimalist Spring Accessory Trends That Will Work for Every Budget

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Do you prefer crisp white tees to ruffled blouses? Do you like your jeans unbleached and free of distressing? Do you have your morning outfit routine down to a speedy five minutes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, congrats, you’re a qualified minimalist.

Now it’s time to tackle your outfit add-ons, because every simple look needs a few minimalist accessories. Here are nine of the biggest spring accessory trends for 2020, tailor-made for minimal aesthetics just like yours.

10 Minimalist Spring Fashion Picks Straight from Our Shopping Editor

1. Chain Necklace

Chain links of all shapes and sizes are big for spring, but we prefer the daintier, more delicate variations. A simple necklace of tiny links looks incredibly elegant all on its own, or you can pair it with another minimalist necklace for a cool layered effect.

Save: Gorjana Parker Link Collar Necklace

Splurge: Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Wes Necklace

2. Plain White Sneakers

Ah, the white leather sneaker. It’s quite possibly our favorite go-to kick, especially if we have a lot of walking to do (and there’s no rain in the forecast). It looks particularly fresh next to spring’s budding blooms and a crop of colorful tees, blazers and hoodies, but they can truly be worn with any shade. Hot tip: Pick up a shoe cleaning kit along with your next pair of stark white sneaks to ensure they stay looking as crisp as the day you got them.

Save: Topshop Cabo Low-top Sneakers

Splurge: M.gemi The Palestra Minimo

3. Rainbow Jewelry

If the idea of wearing all the colors of the rainbow at once is sending you into a panic, take a deep breath. We’re not suggesting you pull on a bold, multi-hued statement necklace. Just find a slim cuff or bracelet that blends in easily with your gold chain arm party and you’ll be quietly partaking in this typically maximalist trend.

Save: Shashi Sam Chain Slide Bracelet

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Jen Hansen

Splurge: Jen Hansen Medium Rainbow Prong Set Pull Bracelet

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4. Square-toe Heeled Mules

The old-school mule was basically made for you, thanks to the clean sharp lines of a square toe and the single strap across the top of your foot. Of course, you can never go wrong with classic black or white, but we’re really feeling light mint green to add an extra touch of spring to your step.

Save: Botkier Carlie Mules

Splurge: By Far Lily Mule Sandals

5. Straw Bags

Leave the tassels, fringe and cheeky embroidery for the others. Think more St. Barth’s and less Jersey shore. All you need is a straw bucket bag with a few leather details to achieve the same beachy vibe as your slouchy-tote-carrying friends.

Save: Lulus Wondrous Travels Tan Woven Bucket Bag

Splurge: Kayu Lucie Leather And Straw Tote

6. Baroque Pearl Earrings

Misshapen and asymmetrical pearls are still going strong on earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even anklets. But perhaps the most elegant way to wear the trend is to swap out your usual studs for a set of single drop pearls—not too small, not too large, but just right.

Save: Cloverpost Pond Earrings

Splurge: Sophie Billie Brahe Venus Rose Freshwater Pearl & 18k Gold Earrings

7. ’90s-inspired Shoulder Bags

Not all ’90s trends are welcome in a minimalist’s wardrobe (we’re looking at you, cargo pants and chain belts), but the simple shoulder bag can come out to play any day. No excessive straps or complicated buckles here—just crisp, clean lines in fresh spring colors.

Save: Asos ’90s Shoulder Bag In Blue Croc

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8. Oversize Sunglasses

Yes, big sunglasses are back (thank goodness). We could never quite figure out how to make mini frames work for our face shape anyway. Plus, the larger the lens, the more our face is covered and protected from the sun, meaning fewer sunspots and wrinkles over time. (FYI, just because your sunnies are big doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen!) Simply eschew frames that feature gold hardware or clunky acetate details, and seek out shades that are streamlined and simple.

Save: Le Specs Renegade 51mm Keyhole Sunglasses

Splurge: Gucci 56mm Gradient Cat-eye Sunglasses

9. Headbands

Headbands adorned with giant knots, scattered pearls and more padding than a Casper mattress may top the heads of other women (K.Middy included), but all that fuss really isn’t your style. Simple stripes or tortoiseshell acetate will look just as chic and are less likely to give you a weird top-heavy headache.

Save: France Luxe Skinny Headband



Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...