7 Summer ‘It’ Accessories To Liven Up Your Closet
When it comes to investing in key pieces each season, we covet ready-to-wear pieces as much as the rest. But when push comes to shove (i.e., budgetary restrictions come into play), we prefer to spend our hard-earned dollars/euros on something more long-lasting. Rather than go too trendy, we veered in the direction of longevity. How will the piece hold up into Fall? Will it do well in consignment? Armed with research and some star guidance, we’ve rounded up 7 investment-worthy pieces to liven up your wardrobe this Spring and Summer.
Proenza Schouler Rope Bracelet
The talented duo behind Proenza Schouler, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough, have a knack for taking utilitarian trends up a notch. Take for instance their P.S. 1 satchel, that has been knocked off at just about every lower price point, and wooed just about every notable starlet – the Olsen twins and Kate Bosworth for starters – in the process. The twosome’s design ethos lends itself to jewelry as well, such as the Spring/Summer 2011 collection of corded rope bracelets in vivid, nearly neon hues. The styles make use of suede, cord and rope in one stylish composition. Gentler on your wallet than their ready-to-wear collection, you may just have enough to invest in a couple. Stack together for maximum effect. Proenza Schouler Cord Bracelet, $125, ProenzaSchouler.com.
Those looking for a more neutral, nautical vibe can opt for Topshop’s three-strand rope necklace in cream for $40.
Marni Covered Studs Shoulder Bag
With it’s simple roomy shape, Marni’s Spring/Summer 2011 shoulder bag offers more in the way of textural appeal. The leather covered studs in either a taupe leather or basic black is a twist on the usual hardware bedecked fare. January Jones is a fan. The Mad Men actress and mother-to-be has been spotted around L.A. with the black version. Marni studded leather shoulder bag, $2,015, at Net-a-Porter.com.
Theodora & Callum Scarf
We’re not necessarily Oprah diehards – although any woman who has locked down the media realm like she has deserves a worthy nod – but when Julia Roberts sat down with the television host and declared one of her favorites were Theodora and Callum scarves, we sat up and paid attention. With eye-catching patterns and colors to match the sunny mood of summer, we’re adding this to our summer buy list. Theodora & Callum scarves, from $135-$175 each, TheodoraandCallum.com.
Chloe ‘Marcie’ Leather Satchel
Western bohemian wear seem to go hand-in-hand with the season’s longer and lazier days. With it’s refined seaming and rich cognac hue, Chloe’s “Marcie” large leather satchel rides the divide between a polished luxury accessory and a devil-may-care Americana vibe. The young and stylish set like Rachel Bilson and Emma Stone have taken a liking to the design. Chloe “Marcie” large leather satchel, $1,595, at Nordstrom.com.
Not ready to fully commit? We’re also fond of Coach’s recently re-issued originals collection, such as the Rambler satchel in British Tan for $258.
CC Skye Necklace
Started in 2006, CC Skye has quickly gained traction with celebrities like Fergie and Halle Berry. The look sometimes veers in the territory of punk princess, but the best pieces balance an edge with polish. At reasonable price points, designs such as crystal encrusted spike pendants and cone stud earrings are within reach. Our favorites include this pave bullet necklace in a tan-friendly gold. Alexa Pave Bullet Necklace ,$195 , at CCSkye.com.
Jason Wu Python Clutch
From Nicole Richie to Malin Akerman, Hollywood ladies have been spotted toting snakeskin clutches. For a bright spot of color, go bold with this electric blue Jason Wu version. Pair it with a nude colored dress or a white cotton frock for a vivid contrast. Jason Wu “Lauren” Python Clutch, $1,595, at KirnaZabete.com.
For those not yet ready for the exotic skin look, try a faux printed version at Ann Taylor going for $138.
Fallon Tassel Earrings
Fringe and tassel accessories are one swingy trend to latch onto for the season. This metal cable style with mini spikes at the end from Fallon’s Resort 2011 collection have already been spotted on Leighton Meester. For a luxe take go for the 14k version or if you’re channeling your dark side, there’s the gunmetal option too. Fallon Sound Bite Cable Tassel Earrings, $275, FallonJewelry.com.
For an infusion of color, Asos.com also offers cobalt blue design with cap detail for $27.70 a pair.