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Summer is here and I am sure that you have already done away with the sweaters, wool blazers and heavy coats. Now is the time to break out your softer pieces: flowy chiffon, soft cottons and lightweight tunics. Summer is wonderful time for bright colors in clothing and jewelry. Let’s face it, as the weather gets hotter we tend to show more skin. So, as there is less material to make “statement pieces” from our clothing we have to more with our jewelry. Long maxi dresses, short summer dresses, dressy shorts and halters are must have clothing items every fashionista needs for the long, hot summer. Okay, so you have an idea of the outfits you will be wearing. Well, what about your jewelry?

Anyone who watches the runways knows that fashion reflects what is going on in the world. During the Fall/Winter 2008 shows, everyone was talking about the recession and the dire state of the United States. On the runway, the colors may have been moody to reflect the public attitude but the jewelry and accessories were anything but. Models donned ornately embellished choker necklaces and over the top, chunky drop necklaces that covered their chests. This trend spilled over into the Spring/Summer 2009 looks. Valentino, Marc Jacobs and John Galliano flaunted exaggerated pendants on chunky chains on their models. Zac Posen’s models sashayed down the runway in huge, door knocker earrings. Ultimately, what we see on the runway will spill into the streets of America. What you need to remember for Summer 2009 is that statement pieces are still in vogue. The bigger the better.

 Long Dangle Earrings 

Go for the earrings that fashion insiders call “shoulder dusters”.  Try on a beautiful pair of chandelier earrings or long, dangle earrings that command attention. These are the perfect accessories to go with those shoulder baring dresses and halter tops. These earrings should be bold enough so that you do not have to wear a necklace.                                         

Ornate Bangles and Bracelets

Look effortlessly stylish whenever you wear an ornate bangle or bracelet on your wrist. When it comes to these accessories, you can go for a chunky bangle with large, rough-cut gemstones or a sleek bracelet embellished with smaller, shimmering gemstones. These looks add a layer of sophistication to casual summer dresses. Another hot trend this summer is layering bracelets of different sizes and shapes on your wrist. This look will definitely make you stand out. Think of it as “hippie chic”.

Statement Necklaces

Take your summer wardrobe to a new level of style by pairing an ostentatious statement necklace with your look. Go for bold, abstract-cut gemstones that dramatically cascade down your chest. These necklaces are what some call “outfit makers”. What better way to dress up a simple sundress than with an eye-catching necklace. A lot of summer dresses have low-cut necklines, so an over-the-top necklace will add the perfect finishing touch to your look.

 Looking for even more ways to dress up those casual summer looks? Try lightweight, printed scarfs that pull together the color motif of your outfit. Be on the lookout for that perfect pair of statement sandals that will look great with whatever your wearing. The higher the heel or wedge, the better. Don’t forget to find a great clutch for the summer garden parties, a bright choice will add a burst of color to your ensemble.

 Always remember that the most important aspect of accessorizing for summer is to choose looks that feel comfortable for you but don’t be afraid to experiment. These jewelry pieces should pull your look together. Keep in mind, you are wearing the accessories. Do not let the accessories wear you.

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