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How to Freshen Up Your Look for Spring

Spring Jewelry and Accessories

Keep things classic and ladylike with pearl earrings like these.
Keep things classic and ladylike with pearl earrings like these.
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Spring jewelry and accessories are fun, bold, and sassy. Earrings and bracelets are big this season, literally and figuratively, while wedges and platforms are the shoe of the moment, adding height without sacrificing comfort.

Experiment with these trends to earn your fashionista stripes:

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  • Go global. Tribal and tropical prints and accessories from around the world add a well-traveled touch to your attire. Think textures, like rattan, wood, and leather, on shoes and handbags, as well as exotic jewelry made from metal, wood or bone.
  • Think sporty. Brightly colored accessories made from performance fabrics are a fun trend. If an orange nylon quilted Chanel shoulder bag isn't in your budget, you can still sport the trend in an orange knockoff bag or rubber yellow sandals, a primary-colored sport watch, or a bold anorak to toss over whatever you're wearing.
  • Perforated leather. Lighten up your leather by choosing accessories with holes or cutouts. It's a fresh look in a shoulder bag and a feminine touch for oxford-styled loafers or ballet flats.
  • Be ladylike. The '50s and early '60s trend continues with graceful pumps and structured bags. Oversized shapes keep the handled tote and pearl jewelry au courant; anything white or cream-colored is especially fabulous.
  • Bold and colorful. If you'd prefer to keep your clothing neutral, add a dash of color with bright and bold accessories. Try a chunky citrus enamel necklace over a gray T- shirt, or wake up your white shorts with neon ballet flats.

Is your closet ready for the rise in temperature? Make sure you're equipped with a few of these essentials and you'll be fashionably ready for anything in the warm months ahead.

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