Key Accessories for Spring/Summer 2011

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to start thinking about which accessories to pair up with your sundresses, floaty tops and swimsuits! This year’s accessories are much lighter and brighter than those heavy, metallic grommets and studs of the past. Some of the top looks of the season include:

Stripes

Stripes are fresh, crisp and modern, and the ASOS Small Ticking Stripe Satchel, featuring a long cross-body shoulder strap, is just the right addition to a nautical look, whether it be at the beach or just walking around campus. $26.90

Woven

Braided, knitted and woven pieces are must-haves for spring and summer. They’ll help you create a natural, clean, well-traveled look, as if you just returned home from a tropical vacation. New York & Company’s Ribbon Flower Fedora, at $19.95, and J.Crew’s Web Buckle Belt, at $39.50, are two ways to bring this trend into your wardrobe.

Color blocking

If you’re not so crazy about the neutral, natural look above, try some color blocking! This trend blocks bright, contrasting colors right next to each other and can be found on everything from dresses to sunglasses. Head to Forever 21 to pick up some bright costume jewelry that follows this trend. The Aztec Triangle bracelet ($5.80) takes color blocking more literally, while the Stained Glass earrings ($3.80) take it down a notch with less geometric lines and more subdued colors.

Color blocking can still be neutral, however, as Aldo shows with the Craver wedge, a perfect complement to a flirty sundress or long maxidress. Also in beige. $70.

Floral

Much different from your grandma’s floral, this season’s trend is all about bright colors and fun patterns. Aldo’s Moltz bag is an awesome way to inject a taste of this trend into your wardrobe without going overboard. The crossbody style is perfect for carrying your essentials while keeping your hands free, and the pretty chain strap adds a jewelry feel to your outfit, so you don’t need to add any! $35.

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