Go bright and bold with colorful accessories for summer

05/18/2013 5:08 PM

08/06/2014 1:37 AM

If you’ve been putting off coordinating and updating your warm weather wardrobe, now is the time to snap to it. And with some colorful accessories, it will be a snap.

These bright and bold extra touches are especially important if you’re not able to run out and buy a bunch of new clothes.

Purses range in size from chic clutch-style bags to oversized totes. Some handbags are structured, and others are made of soft, pliable fabrics and leathers that will hold everything you need and then some.

Regardless of size, this is the year to go for a colorful handbag and not worry a bit about whether it matches your outfit. Just consider the color — coral, yellow, turquoise, etc. — a neutral shade. Choose the style for you and you’re set.

The same goes for footwear. Sandals, heels, ballet flats and even loafers come in all the most popular brights, and some in combinations of colors. Wedge heels in peep-toe styles and many sandals will be a favorite. Sandals that go to the ankle and beyond are also a hot look.

Many sandals have enough bling to add sparkle to any outfit, day or night.

“There was some glitz last year, but this year it’s more mainstream,” said Richard Cupertino, in Dillard’s East women’s shoe department. He said this is not a year to be bashful when it comes to footwear.

“Look for some pop, a wow factor,” he advised.

That also holds true in jewelry, according to Mary Bengston, accessory buyer for Nouveau.

“An earring and bracelet combination is a wonderful way to accessorize this year,” she said. “And pieces shaped like coral or branches are very popular.”

Other popular items in this category: stacking bracelets, cuff bracelets with stones and links of all sizes on necklaces, bracelets and even earrings in a myriad of materials such as plastic, metals and lucite. Horn is another material being used in many places, including handbag clasps and handles.

“This is not a time to be sedate with your jewelry,” said Gay Muenchrath of GM Clotheshorse. “Go for color and for size.”

This is the season to be colorful.

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