Summer 2009 fashion trends center around fringe, animal prints and bold colors and prints. It’s the season to sport your Roman-inspired sandals and accessories, and delve into the opulent and luxurious with gemstones, metallics and bright hues. Whether you’re pulling off a glamorous look or want to stick with the basics, here are the seven must-have accessories to round out your ensemble for summer 2009:
1. The Embellished Clutch
A metallic clutch covered in oversized gemstones, pearls or beads is a must-have summer 2009 accessory for any party on the itinerary. Ornate clutches and handbags are one of the leading trends in the accessory department, and are perfect for enhancing a monochrome dress or skit ensemble. Pick out yours in a unique shape such as an oval, skinny rectangle or a miniature clasp purse.
2. Gladiator Sandals
Celebrities aren’t the only ones sporting these Roman-inspired shoes. Gladiator strap sandals are making waves all across the globe, and can be found as flats, low heels and platforms. Pick out yours in gold or silver, or stick with the brown or black leather for a classic look.
3. Raffia Embellished Handbags
Raffia and straw are the top materials for handbags this summer, and your best bet is to pick out a combination bag made with patent leather trim. Raffia has a natural, earthy feel to it, so this look also works out great with the ethnic and tribal trends for summer 2009.
4. Retro Costume Jewelry
From oversized rings to stacked bangles, the retro look is one of the top accessory trends for summer 2009. Pick out your favorite pieces in bold, eye-catching colors to dress up any monochrome summer dress, tank tops and skirts. The best way to wear these is with at least one matching or contrasting color piece of clothing,
5. Snakeskin Belt
It doesn’t have to be real snakeskin, but the extra-wide belt made with an exotic skin and embellished with a large gold or silver buckle is one of the most coveted accessories for summer 2009. These work especially well with the season’s ruffled blouses, oversized tank tops and square-neck dresses.
6. Giant Flower Pins
Whether you pin them to your handbag or your clothing, an oversized flower is a great way to show off your feminine style and brighten up your look. Just one artificial flower pinned to your ensemble is all you need to create a stylish and sassy look for summer.
7. Oversized Cocktail Rings
The oversized cocktail rings are back for another year, and this season’s top trends are classic gold and silver styles embellished with candy-colored gemstones. Oversized cocktail rings can be the focal point of your outfit, and can be worn day or night.
From raffia-embellished handbags to giant flower pins, you can turn any simple outfit into something stylish with one or two accessories. Your summer 2009 look won’t be complete without at least one of these most-coveted pieces, so stock up on a few different styles to create some fresh new looks for the season!
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