Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring fever: Accessories

Animal prints, especially reptilian-influenced, are a strong spring trend this year. And, as a bonus, well-placed animal print is timeless.

There is no reason to have to choose between fashion and frugality this spring.

The key is accessories. Handbags, shoes, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, belts, scarves, sunglasses, headbands – the list is seemingly endless. So are the opportunities.

Read more about the flexibility of spring accessories in Thursday's Style section.

Accessories can breathe life into your existing wardrobe. With the switch of a pair of shoes, a belt or handbag, your look can go from rocker chic to ladies who lunch in an instant.

A shift dress can be reborn with the addition of a funky belt. No one knows that better than first lady Michelle Obama, who gave her black, studded Azzedine Alaia belt a workout during a recent trip to Europe.

My faves? Shoes, of course, followed closely by handbags. Quickly picking up steam are scarves, big necklaces and earrings.
What are your favorite accessories?