Happy Friday, gal pals! Today I’m continuing to preview and anticipate the arrival of spring. We’re going to run down a list of the most trending accessories to add to your wardrobe. These are the splashes of color, bits of shine and touches of texture that will make even the most basic spring look interesting and on point. Most importantly, these accessories will make you shine!
I have also scoured the Internet and built shopping widgets for each of the categories of accessories I’m sharing. I’ve tried to include options from a wide range of price points. When you’re planning and building your spring wardrobe, you know I encourage setting and abiding by a budget. And accessories shouldn’t break the bank!
Instead, as with other categories of fashion, I suggest you invest more in the pieces you expect to wear for years, but less in trendy pieces. Plus, always consider cost per wear. I’m willing to spend more for things I know I will wear frequently, but I try to hold out for bargains when I know I won’t wear an item much.
Not only are scarves a fun way to add color and texture to a springtime outfit, but they can also serve a practical purpose, such as pulling your hair back on a windy day or keeping the chill off your neck in the cool mornings.
Of course you can also just add a scarf to your handbag if you’re not much for putting them around your neck. This little bit of handbag candy will add more interest to your look than you imagine.
At this time of year I look for scarves in trending colors that I don’t want to invest heavily in – think yellow or lilac. But you could also use a black and white or navy gingham scarf to balance out a more colorful outfit. Trending prints include florals (especially daisies), gingham, polka dots, tropical motifs and animal prints.
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Our jewelry choices often shift a bit with the change of seasons.
While you still may need the long pendants you’ve been wearing with your sweaters this winter, you might frequently reach for shorter necklaces to fill in open necklines during the spring and summer. That’s why, when I was recently shopping for my Birthday Bonus at Kendra Scott (they give 50% off one item in the store!!!), I opted for the Elisa gold multi strand necklace set, shown below. I chose to customize mine with the black drusy stone, and there are many others to select from.
Layering dainty necklaces, such as the ones I’ve shown here, continues to be on trend. Plus, when you wear dainty, layered necklaces you’ll actually look more youthful and contemporary.
However, large, chunky necklaces are certainly not a mistake. You can instantly add character and interest to a basic outfit with a statement necklace. Choose one that will work with many pieces in your closet or at least with the colors of your wardrobe.
But before you start shopping, remember chain links, coins and celestial symbols are trending. And none of those will ever look “out of style.”
During the winter I tend to wear a lot of small earrings because the larger ones get in the way of my turtlenecks and other high collars. But in the spring and summer when I wear more open collars, I like to wear larger earrings.
Wearing earrings with some sparkle, like mine here, or color is a great way to bring attention up to your face. As an older woman, ahem, I suggest you choose earrings that add a little interest and “light” to your look without stealing the show. You don’t want to hide behind your jewelry. I think of earrings as the lights on a Christmas tree. Make sense?
We’ll soon be baring more of our arms, so it’s a good time to add a new bracelet or two to your accessory collection. You could wear a classic bangle (which tends to be my go-to), layered bracelets, a charm bracelet or a novelty bracelet.
I bought this sweet little trio of bracelets around Christmas, and I’m surprised to see they are still available. They’re perfect for wearing with a nice dress for, say, a spring wedding. Here are some other of-the-moment options, too.
Brooches or Pins
I know everyone doesn’t especially like brooches, but I enjoy wearing them on the lapels of my jackets and coats. Like earrings, pins can add some “light” to your outfit.
Choose a pin that reflects your personality or an interest. Or just choose one that’s especially pretty or whimsical.
And yes, brooches can look a little old fashioned. But if you choose a whimsical or modern one, you don’t need to worry about that. Also, make sure you keep the rest of your outfit very modern.
As much as most of us gals wear our glasses, we really must consider them as wardrobe accessories.
We generally underestimate the power of our sunglasses. When I lived in Arizona, I was rarely outside without sunnies on my face, so it was imperative to consider them as accessories. But if you live in a less sunny area you may have fallen into the trap of viewing them as completely utilitarian.
But I encourage you to think about your sunglasses as part of your outfit. You could opt for one pair in a neutral that works with most of your clothing or do like I do and keep a few pairs on hand. Either way, choose sunnies that work well for your face shape, look modern and feature elements of interest, such as some color or stones. Ultimately, sharp looking sunglasses can really elevate your look significantly. Likewise, dowdy looking glasses will make you look as though you’re hiding behind them.
You certainly don’t have to spend a mint on designer sunglasses. But I have found that the more I spend on my sunnies, the more likely I am to take care of them and keep up with them. Either way, I’ve got a number of stylish sunnies for you to consider below.
Shopping Tip: If you start shopping from Nordstrom’s Sunglasses page, you can select your face shape in the sidebar. That way you’ll see a selection of glasses meant to work well for you.
Yep. We need to consider our reading glasses as fashion accessories, too. They can absolutely make or break your look. And since I do wear mine when I’m shopping, ordering from a menu or checking my phone, my readers need to add to my look and not detract from it.
My reading glasses are prescription glasses because they’re bifocals. I use one strength for reading the computer screen and one for reading everything else. But if you wear basic readers I do suggest you put some thought and effort into purchasing glasses that get the job done but also look lovely on your face.
While I’m sharing glasses from Nordstrom below, too, I really think Chico’s has one of the best collections of readers.
Belts are definitely having a moment these days. That’s largely because with cropped pants we often need to tuck in our shirts in order to create the right proportions. Generally, if you wear cropped pants and let your top hang down too far you’ll appear to have very short, stumpy legs. Thus, we’re belting more.
You can also use a belt to create the appearance of a smaller waist by cinching a tunic or even your loose fitting blazer. So it’s definitely a good time to invest in a few belts that work well with your wardrobe. I especially like having an animal print belt or two.
Keep in mind that there are hip belts and waist belts, and buy accordingly. I prefer to buy a hip belt that fits, and then you can still get that same belt to work around your natural waist, even over multiple layers.
I’ve included a few designer belts in the shopping widget below. While I don’t own one, I do think that of all the accessories, a belt is a smart investment. Why? You’re not going to lose it (unlike a handbag), they don’t go out of style, you’re not going to break it (unlike sunglasses) and they don’t wear out (unlike shoes).
Adding a hat is a great way to elevate your style. But, of course, hats also serve the practical purpose of shading your eyes and face from the sun. And hopefully you’re out in the sun a little more as the days warm up!
I love the idea of having at least one wide brimmed hat and one baseball cap in your wardrobe, whether you wear them for dressier occasions or more casual outings. Bucket hats are also continuing to trend this spring. Oh, and rain hats are a great option if you’re out in the weather much.
Handbags & Shoes
These are major categories that I’ll produce separate posts for soon. But meanwhile, here’s what trending.
Handbags & Shoulder Bags
This spring baguette bags (see the photo below) are supposed to resurface from the 90s and early 2000s. But you’ll also continue to see bucket bags, hobo bags and feminine satchels, as well as crossbody bags. I’m continuing to see belt bags, too, so if you enjoy wearing those, go right ahead. I have several that serve me well when I want to be hands free.
Your handbag is a great place to add a little color or interest to your outfit. And while I don’t own any extremely expensive designer bags, I do think a quality handbag is a wise investment…if you’ll either continue to use it for a while or you’ll sell it later. When it comes to handbags, I find you get what you pay for. At any rate, I’ve included beautiful spring bags from a full range of price points in the widget below.
Your shoes can absolutely make or break your outfit. And while some of us may have feet “issues” that prevent us from wearing, say, heels or pointy toes or shoes without arch support, we can all find something to wear on our feet that looks pretty and fashionable.
If you really can’t wear certain trends, such as the pointy toe flat, don’t despair. In fact, boxy toe shoes are actually trending, too. And if your foot size or width eliminates a lot of shoe choices, I suggest going with nude shoes in whatever you can find that works well for you.
For instance, I found the sandal below at Long Tall Sally in sizes 11, 12 and 13. It’s a great, modern looking sandal, and because it’s in a nude shade it will make your foot look smaller and will not dominate your outfit.
This is the year of the loafer. But other flats are trending, too. You’ll continue to see pointy toes, and those always help elongate the leg and elevate your look. But square toe boxes are much more current looking. Finally, we’ll continue to see an upsurge in the wearing of fashion sneakers with all sorts of looks.
When it comes to sneakers, chunky is in. But we’re also seeing all kinds of detailing, such as rickrack, leopard and snake print patches, metallics, suede, etc. Finally, while I think having a white pair on hand is a good idea, you might want to add some color to your look with trending yellow, pink, blue or green sneakers.
Mules and slides continue to trend as well. And I think these are some of the best to have on hand during the transitional weather of spring. We’ll also continue to see espadrilles, wedge sandals and just about every other kind of shoe you can think of. Oh, and sandals with a big toe ring are everywhere!
Oh my! That’s a wrap! I have a feeling I forgot something, too. Maybe you gals will let me know if I did.
The bottom line is that our accessories can make a difference in our outfits. Honestly, they can make it or break it. And right now it’s very in to create somewhat of a minimalist or pared down look with your clothing and then elevate that look with interesting and well styled accessories. So it’s definitely worth putting together an assortment of accessories that serve your particular wardrobe and style essence well.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions. And have a great day!
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