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We’re always on the look for some life hacks, but with summer just around the corner, we’re looking for the finds that will help us tackle everything from summer sweat to warm-weather festivities in stadiums.
Shop TODAY editorial director Adrianna Brach joined the 3rd hour of TODAY to talk about some of her favorite accessories, from a stylish summer sandal to a genius no-sew hemming hack — and they’re all $30 or less. While they’re perfect for summer, you’ll also be able to make use of them all year long, too.
Keep reading to seeing all 12 must-have accessories for the season, plus other genius finds that are too good not to share.
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Editor’s note: Our pick is no longer available, but we found another similar option below.
Whether you’re headed to a sporting event or a festival this summer, you might have to deal with bag policy restrictions. Most stadium-approved bags aren’t fashionable, but Brach found a clear option that looks just as chic as any other bag you might have in your closet. Just be sure to check with the venue ahead of your event to make sure it meets their specific requirements.
This clear bag boasts a long crossbody strap and enough room for the essentials. You can shop it in eight different colors, including a few neon styles that are perfect for summer.
While you likely know Adidas for its sneakers, the brand’s Sackpack is a classic accessory that is just as reliable as its footwear. It boasts enough room for essentials (or a change of clothes for anyone traveling) in the main compartment, but also features a mesh water bottle holder and zippered exterior pocket for extra storage, if you need.
This find feels genius — and we’re not alone in thinking that! Brach says The Tucky, which acts as a no-sew hem hack, will help you get more use out of your clothing and give you more options to style pieces you already own and love. You can wear it underneath everything from sweaters to button-down tops to create a perfect cinched waist that Brach says “almost looks tailored.” It’s a new launch, but it’s so popular that it is on pre-order for the next drop. Luckily, Shop TODAY readers can score it for 30% off when they use the code TODAY30 at checkout.
Summer heat is just around the corner! These towels can not only provide a cooling sensation, according to the brand, but also make for a quick cleanse when you’re on the go thanks to ingredients like menthol, aloe and jojoba. Since they come in individually wrapped packages, you can grab a few for the whole family to use on camping trips or after sports games.
The ’90s are back — and so is the kitten heel! Brach loves this twist on the trend, which feels more like an elevated flip-flop. They feature a cushioned footbed and a low heel height that makes them “surprisingly comfortable” she says, so you can easily slip them on and head out to just about anywhere.
Wearing heels to summer weddings can be a struggle if your heels are constantly plummeting into grass or sand, but not anymore! These clear heel pads can fit a variety of shoes (just not block heels) and prevent your shoes from getting ruined while you’re outside. They come in several different sizes, so be sure to check out the size chart before adding to cart.
More affordable accessories
Whether you need to touch-up your lipstick on the way to an event or make sure your flyaways are tamed before a photo-op, this pocket mirror is a convenient way to check yourself out. It is dual-sided, so you have magnification options to choose from, plus it is lighted to help you see during any hour of the day.
This neat phone cases suctions onto mirrors, windows and other flat surfaces, so you can snap photos without a tripod or apply makeup if you forget a pocket mirror.
Whether you commute to the office or can’t stand to be in an uncomfortable pair of shoes for an extended period of time, we found the ultimate set of shoes you’ll want to wear for either occasion. These flats come in dozens of different colors and fit into a 4×4.5-inch pouch, so you can toss them in your handbag whenever you need them. Plus, the brand says they are made with light cushioned insoles for extra relief.
Barbiecore is in! A satin pillowcase is a nighttime accessory you’ll want to incorporate into your routine if you want to avoid bedhead and wake up with minimal frizz, according to experts we previously spoke with.
According to the brand, this microfiber towel can hold over a gallon of water, which makes it a convenient pick for drying your car off after you wash it (which can be done in just one swipe, the brand says).