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Accessorise all areas
7:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in Lifestyle
Maximise your high summer wardrobe with transformative accessories. Lisa Haynes unveils the eye-catching extras to covet.
As the summer season comes to a close it's not uncommon to feel a sense of fashion fatigue. Those over-familiar dresses and tops that looked fresh and new at the start of the summer now look a little tired and ready for wardrobe retirement.
But before you relegate your old favourites to the back of the closet, bring out the statement bling.
This isn't delicate or expensive jewellery, but eye-catching and oversized costume pieces which turn heads and have the ability to transform an outfit in the time it takes to click a clasp shut.
It's the budget-friendly way to revive your wardrobe and give it a new lease of sparkly life.
Adore and adorn with these power pieces.
:: Bejewelled bib
A jewel-encrusted bib necklace can add a sprinkling of glamour to even the most casual of tops. The bigger the necklace, the more dramatic the look. Bib styles have figure-boosting qualities, drawing the eye towards your collarbone and decolletage and away from your body bugbears.
Try: Primark Bead And Stone Collar Bib Necklace, £8 (www.primark.co.uk)
:: Couture cuff
Give your wrist some serious arm candy with an oversized cuff. Look for minimalist styles in plain gold or silver, or magpie-esque numbers that dazzle. You don't have to wear short sleeves to flaunt them to the max. Experiment with jewellery layering: wearing your cuff over a shirt or long-sleeved top.
Try: Isme Mel Jewelled Cuff, £16 (www.isme.com)
:: Cocktail hour
Look for dazzling rings that literally weigh down your hand with luxe adornments. Keep your gems more modern-day than Dynasty by wearing on your index or middle finger and limit yourself to one cocktail ring on each hand to create maximum impact. Big rings have the added bonus of making your digits appear slimmer, adding elegance to sausage fingers.
Try: Lipsy Coral Flower Ring, £4.99 (www.getthelabel.com)
:: Power perspex
From clothes and shoes to jewellery, perspex taps into this season's transparency trend. Its clear nature means your statement piece will accentuate, rather than detract from, the clothes you're wearing underneath. Keep it subtle with a cuff or necklace, or go all-out with a wide embellished belt.
Try: Freedom at Topshop Perspex Floral Belt, £22 (www.topshop.com)
:: Jumbo gems
Rival the crown jewels without breaking the bank. Precious gems sparkle in the form of majorly-oversized emerald, sapphire, amethyst or ruby tones that add a touch of costume drama to your outfit. Avoid wearing matchy-matchy jumbo gems in the same hue and experiment with clashing jewel colours instead.
Try: Dorothy Perkins Large Gem Earrings, £10 (www.dorothyperkins.com)
:: Heavy metal
Grungy jewellery is in for next season - head banging optional. The antithesis of delicate adornments, look for chunky gold or silver hardware-inspired pieces that look slightly tarnished and anything but super-shiny. Industrial-feel jewellery is the perfect accompaniment to add edge to ladylike or girly outfits.
Try: Diva at Miss Selfridge Mix Metal Multi Row Necklace, £14 (www.missselfridge.com)
:: Boho beaded
Appease your inner hippy by layering beaded jewellery to create a statement. Worn alone, one piece can get slightly lost, but you can achieve dramatic effects with multiples around the neck or wrist. Stick to complimentary hues and wear against a neutral background like black or white to make your beads 'pop'.
Try: Wallis Multi Bead Necklace, £14 (www.wallis.co.uk)
:: Neon nuance
Not just for teenagers, neon has undergone a grown-up makeover. It's the instant way to inject some statement colour into a bland outfit, particularly if you're partial to obscene amounts of black in your wardrobe. Wear one solo neon shade or mix together acid yellow, hot pink and tangerine for a bold cocktail.
Try: Stella & Dot Frida Necklace, £110 (www.stelladot.co.uk).
Get the look
Actress Jodie Foster takes teal to another level in a form-fitting Roland Mouret designer dress. Achieve similar effects at a snip of the price in this Savoir Side Ruched Dress, £29 (www.isme.com).
Buy it now
Kate Moss brings her brand of rock chick cool to the Carphone Warehouse. The supermodel draws inspiration from her own wardrobe to create high-fashion leather and metallic cases for phones and tablets. The Kate Moss Accessories Collection is available now, priced from £14.99, available in store or online at www.carphonewarehouse.com
:: Screen queens
Beware of the online checkout till. Ten million Brits (31%) claim to feel bolder and more adventurous with their fashion choices when shopping online, new research by Barclaycard reveals. Over the past year, two thirds (66%) of us have bought at least one item online that we wouldn't have considered in store, with two thirds of those (63%) buying an average of eight impulse items annually. As a result, there's been an explosion of colour in our wardrobes, with 44% claiming they buy brighter clothes while shopping online.
:: Fashion faux pas
There's a fine line between being too vain and ignoring the mirror. A whopping 84% of women admit regularly making fashion faux pas, a survey by virtual fitting room company Fits.me reveals. The visible panty line tops the list of crimes against fashion (40%), followed by muffin tops (33%) and showing off too much cleavage (32%). Men are just as guilty with a quarter of men admitting to wearing their trousers too high.
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