Now that warmer weather is finally upon us (well kinda-sorta here in New York), it’s time to break out those amazing Spring/Summer fashions that have hung tantalizingly unworn in my closet all winter long. Alas, no look would be complete without the perfect accessories and this season there is no shortage of accessory options, each providing the perfect finishing touch for fun and fresh looks.
The ’70s glam, boho, neutral, ladylike, menswear-inspired and bright looks appearing on the Spring/Summer 2011 runways were kicked up a notch with the fabulous accessories made to match. Seventies fashion brought with it retro oversized sunglasses, floppy hats, platforms, satchels, long pendant necklaces, turbans, fringe detailing and chunky bangle bracelets– to name a few. Neutral trends inspired earthy and exotic bags, shoes and jewelry with alligator, snakeskin, straw, raffia, canvas, wood, woven, braiding, crochet, cord and tweed detailing.
Ladylike looks were accompanied with clutches, structured handbags and silky scarves with floral, lace, and pastel colored detailing. Menswear-inspired looks were made complete with oxfords, bowties, tassel details and loafers. Minimal white bags and shoes lent contrast to bright accessories in bold color blocked styles, sporty stripes and tribal prints.
With all the different styles and trends to choose from, the accessory possibilities for Spring/Summer are endless! The next step is to choose which ones are right to complete your Spring looks, a decision of critical importance to any self-respecting fashionista, but one which is made all the more difficult by the sheer number of perfectly adorable options available.
Accessories can make or break the outfit and, sadly, many of them can make or break your bank account as well! My own philosophy is that it is a matter of personal choice whether any of these accessories are worth the investment and often you can get the same look for less! Although I covet the accessory items and trends mentioned above, I have winnowed my “must-have” list to a select few, which I am ready to share with you. Check below for my Spring accessories essentials and help me make the choices that will make my bank account happy or break its already pretty tiny heart.
1. Boho-Inspired Satchel: Forget just being trendy this season, a satchel is also a timeless and super functional bag!
Chloe Marcie Embroidered Satchel, $2,195. Goodbye bank account, but helloooo gorgeous!
ASOS Punchout Satchel ,$54. This adorable satchel has that funky boho vibe and is super affordable!
2. Floral Silk Scarf: A silk scarf can add a touch of class to any look! Tie it around your neck, your head or onto the strap of your handbag.
Emilio Pucci ‘Orchidee Demi’ Silk Georgette Scarf, $350. This scarf is not only absolutely gorgeous, but also classy and versatile.
UO Silky Scarf, $24. This adorable Urban Outfitters scarf makes for a cute, bright statement worn either as a turban or worn around your neck!
3. Woven Clutch: A clutch is a timeless essential. Choose a woven style for a more textured and earthy style!
Anya Hindmarch Rossum Woven Leather Clutch, $545. This metallic leather woven clutch is sure to become the standout piece in any outfit!
Zimmermann Woven Straw Clutch, $95. This woven straw clutch will complement any look seamlessly.
4. Tribal-Inspired Pendant: Achieve that earthy, ethnic, boho vibe by adding a tribal inspired pendant to your Spring/Summer style.
Iosselliani Ombre Long Fringe Necklace, $422. This fringe necklace will give any look a dramatically bold ethnic vibe.
Low Luv x Erin Wasson Thunderbird Pendant, $120. Show your true bohemian spirit and be free as a bird with this funky pendant!
5. Python Platforms: Believe me, I am no Britney Spears and you will never see me dancing around with a snake around my neck. Instead, find me in python platforms this season (by far the closest I hope I will ever get to a snake again).
Alexandre Birman Caged Lace-Up Python Wedge, $825. I have a whole new appreciation for those lovely pythons for inspiring such amazing shoes!
Topshop WIRE Black Suede Faux Snakeskin Effect Platform Wedges, $150.These wedges are not only a great python platform for Spring, but they will also add a pop of color making any look more dramatic and fun.
6. Brightly Printed Flat Espadrilles: Add a pop of color to your feet and stay comfortable while doing so with brightly colored flat espadrilles!
Missoni Espadrille Flats, $290. These bright espadrilles are quirky and fun– the perfect way to up the ante of your casual spring style.
Juicy Couture Tease Multi Denim Pile Printed Canvas, $78. These espadrilles are a more affordable alternative and pack equal doses of funkiness.
What are you Spring/Summer accessory must-haves? Tell us in comments!
– SARA STERNBERG