Accessories can really shine in the summer, when you’re wearing less clothing and showing more skin. Summer accessories adorn your body and add personality to your outfit. Another advantage to wearing trendy accessories this summer is affordability – the right accessories can give old outfits an entirely new look, which is usually much less expensive than buying a whole new outfit.
So what’s in style this summer? Accessories for summer 2012 are all about fun and shine, and a little retro as well. Here are some of the up-and-coming accessory trends this summer.
1. Clutch Purses
Remember clutch purses from years ago? Your grandmother might have a collection of them! If she does, break them out for 2012 – they’re back in. And of course, you can find new clutches for purchase all over the place this year. And you’re likely to see suede in pastel colors, like the “preppy” colors of the 80s. Lace is also making an appearance on clutches. Some clutches are decorated with beads, studs, sequins, feathers, and other embellishments, so you’re sure to find one that will compliment your outfits.
2. Tribal Jewelry
The tribal look is in this year. Go for feather-shaped earrings and geometric designs. Natural materials such as feather-shaped clay, stone or wood beads are an earthy way to pull off this tribal look. Geometric pendants are also hot this summer. For a Southwestern look, go for turquois and silver.
You might be too young to remember how girls piled bracelets on their arms in the 80s, usually of the jelly plastic variety. While the jelly look is not coming back, the piled-on bracelets look is. Continuing the tribal theme, 2012’s bracelets are likely to trend toward materials like copper, silver, and ceramic beads and charms. Cuff bracelets are in, too. A timeless, natural look is also coming to the fore in the form of pearl jewelry. 2012 will see lots of pearl bracelets and other jewelry.
4. Oversized Stones
This year, oversized gems and pendants are not going anywhere. They are still trendy, but earth tones and natural hues characterize these bold, oversized pieces.
5. Fashionable Sunglasses
Funky is in this year. Sunglasses sporting frames in neon colors, with glittering rhinestones, or in fun shapes (like stars) are going to add some fun and funk to the summer. Buy a few pairs to go with several outfits!
6. Ribbons and Cloth
Summer 2012 is likely to include some textures and fabrics, especially ribbon and cloth as necklaces. Strips of cloth, ribbon, and other texture-intensive materials are going to be seen around the necks of 2012’s trendiest.