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Come spring season, the focus is seemingly always on making something bold and known. Floral print is consistently a season favorite, last year’s color-blocking craze is still a hot commodity, and this time around, a huge movement has been made towards mixing print on print. But just because the spring season implies loud colors and prints, it doesn’t mean your jewelry and accessories should take the backseat – especially in this day and age where there really are no rules. Here are a few ways to incorporate your favorite statement pieces with some of spring’s latest trends:
1. Monochromatic – Dressing in monochromatic outfits is a statement in itself. While I love sweet sorbet-shaded pieces, I tend to gravitate towards darker hues that can be worn year-round. Regardless of hue, adding chunky, gold statement jewelry to the outfit can break up the unicolor.
What I’m wearing: Zara ombre blouse and sandals, Le Mont St. Michel silk top, Kasil Workshop artisan shorts, Michael Kors watch, YSL arty ring, H&M choker
2. Pajama dressing – Yes, the I-just-woke-up-and-rolled-out-of-my-bed look – literally. Because this head-to-toe pajama fit just screams effortless-cool, statement accessories like chunky platforms and huge sunglasses add a bit of sass to balance the look.
Inspiration: Rumi Neely wears Marni x HM sleepwear with Celine sunglasses and flatforms here
3. Floral – Floral print for spring is no surprise; if you’re rolling with the season’s perpetual number one trend, you might as well add something bold and contrastive to enliven the quintessential spring print. Choose a few colors from your floral tops or bottoms and find statement necklaces or bracelets within the same color wheel – it’ll be much easier to pair the two loud trends.
Statement necklaces from Nordstrom: Kate Spade ‘Squared Away’ statement necklace; ‘Lapis of Luxury Cleopatra’ necklace; Simon Sebbag ‘Palm Beach’ pendant necklace; Nakamol Design ‘Cleo’ beaded collar necklace
4. Color blocking – We still haven’t had enough of color blocking, neon and shimmery silvers from fall. This spring, we’re seeing color blocking happen not only in garments but in accessories, too. Adding a color-blocked statement bag to a color-blocked outfit makes for an interesting play on geometry. Laura, found on Stockholm Streetstyle blog, masters color blocking head to toe by playing with texture and carefully selecting hues from her bag to repeat in her outfit. Meanwhile, Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage plays with neutrals and metallic pieces by adding a golden finish to her shimmery silver skirt with a Michael Kors watch and bangles.
5. Everything else in between – Whether you’re experimenting with print on print, or just simple dress, collared necklaces are so much fun to integrate to either style. Collared shirts were all the talk this past year, but collared necklaces take it to another level of sophisticated cool. With tips from Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel Spring ’12 collections, pairing collared necklaces with basics seems the way to go, allowing for the necklace to manifest itself. However, if you must stick to prints, Marni x HM shows us how to balance the act with a uni-colored, simpler collared necklace. See inspiration.
by Jenny Ong