March 5, 2014

Accessorizing Spring

The five most important accessory trends for the season.

Spring fashion isn’t just about hanger appeal. The season’s most important trends also are playing out in accessories collections, and a fabulous new purse or jewelry piece can be the easiest and most flattering way to spring into the latest styles without springing for a new head-to-toe look.


These soft shades emerged last fall and stayed strong through spring, wafting across runways at J. Mendel, DKNY, Rag & Bone, Marc by Marc Jacobs and countless other shows. While pastels can wash out some skin tones, everyone looks pretty in even the palest of hues when they’re wearing the color on their shoes.


The biggest thing in handbags is tiny, with myriad brands issuing their bestselling designs in miniature versions, like Ralph Lauren’s Mini Ricky and the Mini Trapeze by Céline, a petite take on the ultimate fashionista must-carry.


It’s a mod, mod world this season with crisp, clean black-and-white combos everywhere, popping against all kinds of vibrant colors, and Lucite jewelry channeling everyone’s inner Edie.


From Gucci to Dior, Miu Miu and more, the fringe element is in full effect. This embellishment doesn’t have to be full-on hippie chic to be fully on-trend — even a single dramatic tassel will do the trick.


Calling Rachel and Ross! A ’90s revival is underway, starting with the return of the mule. Not convinced? Just look to collections from fashion darling Altuzarra and shrewd Stella McCartney, who debuted a pump that converts to a mule, a clever temptation for those who aren’t entirely convinced.

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