My favorite part of getting ice cream is the part where I ask for rainbow sprinkles on top.

“That’ll be 25 cents extra,” the person behind the counter will say.

“That’s cool,” I’ll respond.

And it is cool. It’s cool that accessorizing your ice cream is so affordable. There’s no reason accessorizing your outfits shouldn’t be, too.

Budget-friendly accessories are a testament to the fact that you don’t have to invest to indulge. It’s a flirtation rather than a commitment, which is especially great when you’re feeling experimental. Take the beret trend, for example. Everyone from Rihanna to Bella Hadid has worn one in recent months, but those are celebrities, and right now we’re talking about you and me, which I’m inclined to categorize as The General Populace, unless of course you happen to be Beyoncé, in which case what I’m about to say does not apply to you, however I am ever so glad you’re reading this accessories story!

Anyways, berets. When trends of this nature trickle down from A-listers to The General Populace, they don’t always translate. Stuff that looks amazing on Rihanna sometimes looks bananas on yours truly, and that’s fine. It’s still fun to try. What’s not fun is spending a gajillion dollars on something that you’re just having fun with and don’t really plan on wearing until your dying days. The beret Elizabeth sourced for this shoot costs $9 and ships free via Amazon Prime. Now that’s fun.

Also fun: millennial pink loafers, Gen Z yellow earrings, sunglasses in all manner of fun shapes and shades, bracelets and a faux fur bag that double as Willy Wonka candy, plus a cool-as-a-cucumber fanny pack, which nearly all clock in under $50.

I saved the most satisfying call-out for last, though: Vetements is selling a crochet market bag with a purse tucked inside it for $3,850, but you can purchase an identical one on Amazon for $5.99 and fill it with whatever your heart desires. Maybe $5.99 in cash, if you’re feeling fun…ny.

Photos by Edith Young, market and styling by Elizabeth Tamkin.

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