ACCESSORIES Toss that brooch -- bangles are spring's bling
NEW YORK (AP) -- The laundry list of spring trends include wedge heels, long or chunky necklaces, two-tone shoes and Far East influences. But once you've got them, what do you do with them?
The accessories report in a recent issue of InStyle offers a complete "how-to-wear-it" guide:
UBangle bracelets. Bangles -- stacks and stacks of them -- will replace the brooch as the "it" accessory. Bare arms are a must for this look, but, otherwise, the choices are limitless: Think candy-colored resin to wood.
UEastern influences. Since most "Bombay dreams" or "Shanghai nights" accessories are heavily embellished, InStyle's editors suggest pairing them with simple clothing styles in natural colors. The vibrant jewel-tone jewels look best on small purses, shoes and chunky jewelry.
UCrochet, rope and macram & eacute;. Louis Vuitton monogram bags lead the pack of granny chic items. Rope accessories look especially "of the moment" with nautical-inspired clothes.
UTwo-tone shoes. A shoe with one vibrant tone and the other muted gives you lots of flexibility and it's a great way to add color and festiveness to a monochromatic suit. If most of your clothes are khaki or other earth ones, try a pair with beige as one of the shades, and if you wear mostly pastels, try another soft hue.
UWedge heel. The wedge is more of a day shoe, so try wearing it with a prairie skirt or sailor pants. The freshest look is a shoe in a bright, tropical color with slight platforms, but wedge espadrilles are a classic for summer.
ULong and chunky necklaces. A long strand of beads works better on sweaters or shells rather than shirts with collars. A chunky necklace jazzes up a V-neck top or a suit jacket, and coral and turquoise can look great with a sundress or flowy chiffon top. With both styles of necklaces, leave the earrings in your jewelry box.
UOversize sunglasses. If your eyes are your best feature, pick a style with clearer lenses. Neutral frames are great for everyday use, while bright colors might be better suited for weekends. No matter the style, the key is to choose glasses that don't overpower your face.