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Spring Accessories

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Well everyone, if my itchy eyes, runny nose, and frequent sneezing don’t do anything else, they remind me that Spring time is in full swing. While I could do without the allergies, this season’s fashion is giving me life! We’ve already discussed clothing trends for Spring 2012, now let’s take a look at the latest trends in accessories. I’ve compiled a list of this season’s top picks:

  • Rose Gold – If there was one top pick of this season I’d have to say it would be rose gold. Its beautiful shade compliments all skin tones and is quickly becoming a jewelry staple for most people, men and women. Rose colored gold or gold tone is everywhere from Tiffany’s to H&M, so you shouldn’t have a hard time adding a few pieces to your collection. Try a watch or a few bangle bracelets.
  • Big Frames – From the Bobby Womack style reading glasses to Jackie-O sunglasses, do yourself a favor and grab a pair while they are current. If you live long enough any fashion will be revisited. The latest trends in eye wear are no exception. Those of us who actually need glasses can take advantage of this trend and try something new.  As for sunglasses, if you’re too shy to try a pair of Elton John sunnies, how about a classic Ray Ban pair?
  • Envelope Purse – A little larger than your evening clutch, this is the perfect bag  when you need to carry more than keys, gloss, and identification but you don’t want the fuss of a shoulder bag.  Try a neutral or blush shade for the office, or if your daring purchase one in a bold hue (violet, emerald, cobalt, and canary yellow are go to colors this season).
  • Headgear – On those April shower days what better way to beat the rain than with cool headgear? There are tons of options from sparkly head bands, derby or floppy hats,  and crochet styles.  Fedoras are all the rage right now and they’re easy to find. A straw version of this classic is perfect to carry into summer. My personal favorite this season is the head wrap. Take your favorite scarf or get a pretty printed fabric and channel your inner African Queen, a la June Ambrose.
  • Retro Jewelry – Now is the time for you to raid your mother and grandmother’s jewelry box. Grandma’s pearls or her gaudy costume jewels are the perfect compliment to this season’s lace and skater dresses. Mom’s 14k gold figure 8 earrings or that herringbone chain are a must have to pair with your high tops (think Salt n Peppa or SWV….yes folks 90’s gear is in full effect). If you’re ever going to pull of a jade necklace, topaz dragonfly broach, or even a four finger ring….NOW IS THE TIME.
  • Suede Platform Sandals – If you only splurge on one new shoe this spring, make it a fierce platform sandal. This is the go to shoe of the spring/summer season. Let your inner 70’s diva shine in a chunky heel. Don’t play it safe and grab a neutral shade, instead try yellow or fuchsia, or even green. The point is make it unexpected, make it playful, make it YOUR OWN.