The unexpected mini warmup of mid-March put us in sunny spirits and a layer-shedding mood. . . . At least until the inevitable (yet nevertheless gloom-courting) rainy chill of early spring informed us that we weren’t done with warm sweaters and wraps just yet. Since we can’t beat ’em, we may as well join ’em—with some fun new accessories, like these peppy and colorful tote bag and scarf pairings that are as natural together for spring, summer, and beyond as gladiators and floaty dresses.
We’re especially loving hue-happy scarves with spring’s big trends: the utility vest, the goddess-y maxi dress, and printed skinny crops. But is there a classic trench, a summer-weight sweater, or a boatneck sheath that wouldn’t get a style lift from a lightweight scarf in a gorgeous pattern? We think not. And though we admit to a bit of a collecting habit when it comes to tote bags, we’ve found that there’s nothing better on the planet for hauling our stuff, whether it’s to the office or the gym, on plane and road trips, or on vacations to pretty much anywhere, but especially the beach.
If you prefer your accessory combos a bit more subdued, we’ve got you covered with a couple neutral and pseudoneutral tote-scarf duos that are equal parts sophisticated and attention-grabbing. Take a peek, and tell us in the comments which one of these pairings you’d most like to rock this season.