In Fashion - Fall 2012 Top Accessory Trends
Go big and go bold. That's the style message for fashion's best accessories this fall. And yes, you can pile them all on at the same time -- the more the merrier. From chunky bangles to layers of necklaces, jeweled brooches, lots of booties and luxury handbags, the extras this season are statement makers and sure to make anything you wear much more special. Here are a few of the best extras:
--The structured handbag. The lady-like looks are back in modern shapes, such as trapezoid totes, cross-body bags, portfolio envelopes and clutches in exotic skins. For even more fun, check out a vivid color-blocked handbag or add a handbag covered with fur.
--Medieval-inspired jewelry. Think Gothic with a metallic twist. Coiling serpentine drop earrings and bracelets are two of the newest looks for fall. Chain metal bib necklaces in brushed silver and burnished black are other favorites of this tough, chic trend.
--Bright gemstones. Rubies. Emeralds. Sapphires. Oh, my! The more colorful the better. Wear them clustered, all together, in choker necklaces, large brooches or chunky cuffs.
--Sculptured rings. The big cocktail ring has grown up into a piece of art. The newest rings take on an artistic flair in icy crystals or molten metals.
--The embellished shoe. Perhaps one of the season's most exciting buys and one of the fastest ways to make old clothes look and feel new. Whether it's a pair of embroidered tuxedo slippers or a textured metallic high heel, the shoes are stunners this fall.
--The leather or suede boot. What's a fall wardrobe without at least one pair of boots? And this year, there are so many styles to choose from you may want to start collecting a whole wardrobe of boots. Start with a pair of edgy ankle boots. Or step out in a pair of classic equestrian-inspired boots. And if you're really adventurous, the spike-heeled, thigh-high boots are a real attention getter.
--A graphic printed scarf. It's another way to instantly update your fall clothes. Scarves have come a long way since the days of the fringed pashmina. This season wrap up in a colorful, printed silk scarf that's on the plus size for more impact.
--Colorful tights. Still love to live in an all black wardrobe? Never fear. Inject some color into your ensembles with a pair of opaque tights in cobalt blue, fiery red or emerald green.
--Short gloves. With all the lady-like handbags and shoes out there this fall, it doesn't come as a surprise that short, wrist-style gloves are back in a big way. Check them out in bold colors or classic black and white leather. Tres chic.
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.
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