Fashion & Accessories

By Patricia Wersinger

I have learned through the years, that accessories are what creates and gives substance to a look. It is the key component of any outfit. Especially today, in our tendency to dress in one look that fits all year round, accessories can function like strategic tools to navigate us adroitly from season to season, without needing to change the basics. They can really recreate a look and update it each season. Try these ideas for new pieces and style trips for spring, to vary your basic wardrobe staples from season to season.

First of all, new bags are a necessity.
A bag collection that caught my attention is the Olivia and Joy handbag label. Always at the tipping point from trend to super trend, these bags have versatility and the price is not a problem for my wallet. This Expose Hobo is boxy, has a gold decorative faux zipper in the front, a contrasting band and a snap piece with a loop on the side. It is easy and practical, good for work and for casual outings.

Available at http://www.Oliviaandjoy.com.

An alternative is the Thread Paper Tote by Emily Yukkevicz, which is handmade out of a natural cotton linen blend. Hand-painted in a color-blocked design with water based, non toxic pigment, it features leather detailing with reinforced screw fasteners. Available at http://www.postalleyboutique.com or Post Alley boutique, 360 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

A beautiful clutch for romantic getaways or coffee at the Neue Gallery, the Carteria Murano Buanilha by Ira Salles mixes crochet with fine materials like beads and leather to create a clutch that reflects the Brazilian way of life. A favorite of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys, Ira Salles bags are available at the Blue Bag Boutique in NYC, 266 Elizabeth Street, NYC, 212 966-8566 and at http://www.Irasalles.br.com.

On a day when you don’t want to take anything too seriously, equip yourself with one of the trendy Jump From Paper bags. These bags feature two dimensional hand-drawn cartoons reinvisioned into real purses or Ipad carriers. The bold lines and bright, vibrant colors are so unique – the bags almost don’t seem real. You will draw a lot of commentary from perfect strangers.

Available at http://www.jumpfrompaper.com.

What I love about this line of Swedish clog inspired line is the unique style, comfort and knock out pop colors. Toughness meets whimsy and grace. Platform and 2 1/2 inch heel, made out of finest high grain Italian leather, robust but refined, they are perfect for running down New York City’s beaten streets with skinny jeans or tights. The unique Vasa Boot line is available in Red Square, Eggplant purple, Lime Citrus or Honey Brown at http://www.capeclogs.com

One way to overcome the blue days of winter is to paint the tips of my digits with some cool nail art, and stack my fingers with fun rings such as the ones created by Wren & Glory. Crafted in silver, they are each uniquely different and on-trend this season. Check out all of the artful designs at http://www.wrenglory.com.

On my wrists, I stack different combinations of Hippie Bling by Kim and Zozi. These bands started as ways to express friendship bonds between two women. All different and unique, they make great wrist ornaments stacked one on top of the other and help you achieve the of-the-moment look of the season. Available at http://www.kimandzozi.com.

To disarm the persistence of cold and encourage the return of happy warm days, I style this Daisy Tshirt under a black jacket. With leggings, Vasa boots and Wren Glory rings on my fingers. Shop at http://www.redbubble.com.

But since Spring often means a lot of rainy days, you must find a good excuse not to resent your rainy day excusions. With ShedRain’s collection of bouncy and colorful, expertly-made umbrellas, you have the ability to schlep through the rain with elegance. http://www.shedrain.com.

So much of Fashion is in the way we can draw attention to one uncommon detail that reveals something unusual in us. Get a new bag, new jewelry and some dashing boots, and as effortlessly as stepping into a Spring water puddle you will have reinvented yourself without changing much.

Originally published March 2013
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