Spruce up, spring is here!

Ditch the hoodie

Spruce up, spring is here!

As winter bids goodbye, the days are beginning to get sunny. Now is the time to bring out all the accessories that were hidden under layers of warm clothing all these months. This week, we help you pick up the trendiest little trinkets you can sport to make heads turn.

Statement pendant: While black lacy chokers were in last year, long neckpieces that go as far as your navel are in this season. Draw attention to your taut tummy with a navel-grazing pendant. And remember, the chunkier the chain the better. Choose a rare gemstone or a medieval medallion for a pendant to add a little intrigue to your look.

Single big earring: Did you lose one earring of your favourite pair? Don’t worry, 2017 is your year. Forget balance and symmetry, and embrace the modern solo. Go with one earring or don a non-identical pair. Strange and unpredictable is the new mantra. Massive single earrings – studded, delicate as feather, or in peculiar geometric shapes – look eccentric and will do justice to your free-spirited self.

Brooches and pins: Add a dash of quirk and punk to your wardrobe with flora and fauna inspired brooches and pins. Be it a bejewelled tortoise or a metallic flower, adorn your blazer’s lapels and collars in chic and versatile brooches. Tip: Dig into your grandmother’s closet and you are sure to find at least one that would  make for a vintage accessory.

Mini ‘it’ bags: Pick up the smallest bag you can find in the store. Mark the trend by using even your phone or lipstick case as a bag. Teeny tiny bags inspire a fuss-free minimalistic lifestyle. To up the game, these bags come with heavy duty chain straps falling audaciously on the shoulders like a piece of jewellery. Planning to buy a new bag? Just remember minimal is maximal.

Broad wrap belts: The time is to relax and enjoy athleisure. One item that is a complete no-no this year is the corset. So how do you accentuate your curves and cinch those loose body deforming silhouettes? Grab a broad belt, buckle, knot or wrap it around your waist. Broad belts will not just serve as wardrobe staples but will also win you those extra styling points.

Chic sheer socks: Up till now, did you ever imagine it would be cool to pair socks with peep toes or stilettos? Flirty, shin-length, colour pop socks or sheer, lace socks are a trend that is sure to win this spring. Wear them with your strappy sandals or block platforms to play the sexy muse.

This trend is so big that it gave birth to a new line of footwear – the sock boots, where the socks and shoe are amalgamated to make footwear that fits like a glove. Sounds super comfy, doesn’t it?

Platforms and flatforms: Wearable heels! Haven’t we been praying for these since time immemorial? Platforms and flatforms have been around the corner for a while, but thanks to this season’s take on sexiness with comfort, they are now in vogue. Patterned, printed, colour-blocked, or animal-skinned – take your pick. Now, you can stand tall without a sore toe.

(The author is head of fashion, Roposo)

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