Amsterdam’s most stylish sisters – Fia and Amaka Hamelijnck – show how to wear summer’s best accessories.
Straw bags, fun sandals and eye-catching jewellery. The right accessories just make summer a little more… summery. We asked our favourite Amsterdam-based sister duo, Amaka and Fia Hamelijnck, to choose and style some of the season’s best accessories.
YOUR TOP THREE ACCESSORIES FOR SUMMER?
FIA: ”1. My grandmother’s silk scarves. I’ve found a cool way to wear them, and I can’t wait to try them out on my summer vacation. 2. ”A scrunchie hair elastic. It took some time to get used to it, but now I’m loving the ’90s vibe! It’s perfect for a high bun, or on my wrist. 3. The jewellery I wear every day. Most of it was a gift from my mum or my grandparents. I once forgot to bring it with me on a trip, and I almost cried. I know, such a drama queen…”
AMAKA: ”1. Sunglasses! Big, small, and in all sorts of colours. ”2. A tote beach basket, I love them. 3. Jewellery. All gold, because I think it looks beautiful on my skin. I always wear earrings, necklaces – three or four at the same time – bracelets, watches… Jewellery really makes your outfit sparkle.”
She still secretly buys new bags, even though she has a ton of them.
FIA HAMELIJNCK ON HER GRANDMOTHER'S LOVE FOR ACCESSORIES
WHO IS THE BETTER DRESSER?
FIA: ”I believe I am. I have my own, random and colourful way of dressing. If you look into my wardrobe, you can tell that all the clothes belong to me.”
AMAKA: ”I was sure Fia was going to name herself, haha. Personally, my style is the best for me – my clothes really reflect my character and my mood, and I always stay true to myself.
I love colour, fine fabrics and unique pieces – especially since we see so much of the same stuff on Instagram.”
DID YOU SHARE WARDROBES GROWING UP, OR WERE THERE STRICT RULES?
FIA: ”We had rules, but there was a lot of ‘stealing’ on both sides. Honestly I, as the younger sister, was pretty good at not wearing my own clothes every day.”
AMAKA: ”Hahaha, no strict rules! We were the same size, so you can imagine the drama. The typical sister issues, I guess. ”
DOES FASHION AND THE LOVE FOR ACCESSORIES RUN IN YOUR FAMILY?
FIA: ”I think it does, but everyone has their own way of showing it. Our grandmother, for example, has the most beautiful gold jewellery. And she still secretly buys new bags, even though she has a ton of them. No matter the day, she always looks her best. I hope that I will take such care in how I look and dress when I’m her age.”
AMAKA: ”She’s 93 now and still so aware of her appearance – she always wears makeup and clothes made from fine fabrics. We definitely got it from her!”
DESCRIBE THE PERFECT AMSTERDAM SUMMER DAY!
AMAKA: ”That’s basically eating outside the whole day, haha. Having a smoothie bowl or French toast at Benji’s or Metropolitiain, and just simply enjoying the day in the city, chilling around the canals.”
FIA: ”In summer I like to get up early, before the sun heats up the city streets. I love to stroll around with my boyfriend, have breakfast outside. The best thing about Amsterdam is that there are perfect city getaways everywhere. For me, Pllek is the best place to enjoy a sunny day in Amsterdam.”
YOUR BEST SUMMER BEAUTY TIP?
AMAKA: ”After protecting my face with sunscreen I apply peachy blush to my cheeks. I don’t want to wear of lot of makeup on my skin during summer, so a bright colour on my lips will do the magic trick! Especially red lipstick.”
FIA: ”Go natural! Just wear a [moisturising] day cream, give your eyebrows some extra attention and enjoy the sun.”
WHAT Fashion influencer
”All the pretty houses and the canals. The many food spots and restaurants! Amsterdam is full of good food.”
”All the great places to go shopping! From the cute boutique, vintage stores and markets, to the more well-known ones.”
WHAT Content and production assistant
”Dappermarkt – it’s not the most fancy place, but I love the vibe, the food and the people. The best place to spend a Saturday afternoon.”
”Biking – I love to bike when I don’t really have anywhere to be, going at a slow speed, enjoying the sun and my Spotify playlists.”