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Make The Look Your Own: Brightening up for spring

Credit: Kelly Stuart

Cat-eye sunglasses protect your peepers and look great!


Amy Legge | Interrobang | Lifestyles | March 18th, 2013



While the weather hasn't quite given up on winter yet, spring is on our minds. It might be too cold for denim shorts and sundresses, but spring accessories can brighten up your look without making you feel under-dressed or seasonally inappropriate. So pull on your wool sweater and leggings but lighten up with these must-have accessories for spring 2013.

We haven't had too many sunny days lately, but even if it's cloudy with a chance of meatballs, a pair of chic sunnies can make a simple outfit pop. This spring, oversized is out and retro cat-eye shapes are in. A classic feminine look, they are perfect with your neutral trench, black leggings and ballet flats — very Audrey Hepburn of the 21st century.

With the promise of summer ahead and the desire to lighten our loads, figuratively and literally, comes a changing of the guard in handbags. Black leather and heavy suede are perfect in the winter months, but this spring, follow celebrity trends and add a pop of colour with a purse in a bright hue. Tangerine, teal and hot pink are popular choices, but an even chicer way to segue into spring is to pick a tote in a neutral beige tone and look for neon accents such as zippers, piping or stitching details.

In fashion footwear rotation this spring, the key players will be simple stylish flats, colourful pointed pumps and sneaker wedges. The smoking slipper is the most coveted flat style this season. The refined slip-on amps up your skinny jeans or leggings look, and the flat sole is a vacation for your feet. Simple black, bold red, leopard print and studded styles are all super trendy. Pointed pumps are beautiful in black and white, colour-blocked and pastel shades for spring. Work them into your more dressy looks with dresses, slim jeans and the patterned pant trend. Sneaker wedges are the most comfortable and fashion-forward way to add some height and funky sophistication to your look this spring and summer. With a modern athletic appeal, they can work with everything from lounge-style harem pants and patterned tights to slim-fitting maxi skirts.

This winter saw a lot of chunky jewellery. Some of it is still relevant for spring, like statement collar necklaces, but they are updated with bolder colours and shapes. Add dainty rings and stacks of thin bangles for an easy way to transition from sweaters and coats to cotton tees and shirt dresses.
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