Brighter future: Lay the foundations for your spring wardrobe with accessories that dazzle
Sunday 31 January 2010
1 'Crystal Dice' collar, £40, frenchconnection.com
Statement jewellery, necklaces in particular, continue to be the lazy (or impoverished) woman's secret weapon for revving up a basic outfit. But while summer is often all about gold, it was muted silver that graced catwalks such as YSL and Lanvin. Choose chunky styles or layer several pieces
2 Wide belt, £80, jaeger.co.uk
Time to rediscover your silhouette thanks to the array of on-the-waist belts on offer. Nail two trends in one with this double-buckled number that channels this season's luxe sportswear look. The bright coral shade will add a contemporary splash of colour to the predominantly natural spring palette
3 Hand-printed scarf, £149, couverture.co.uk
Printed and embellished scarves came wound around necks and heads at Marc Jacobs, Marni and Nina Ricci. The checks on this cheerful yellow piece are reminiscent of Christopher Kane's girlish gingham, while the embroidered edging picks up on the catwalks' tribal vibe
4 Floral cuff, £15, dorothyperkins.com
Florals of all descriptions will be everywhere in the next few months, adorning everything from shoes to bags to culottes (yes, we know, culottes). If you're not sold on the power of flowers just yet, take it slowly with a piece of jewellery, such as this bargain raffia and wood cuff
5 'Baystone' satchel, £149, hobbs.co.uk
School's not out for spring. In fact, it's very much in, judging by the number of satchel-style bags available. If you can't afford Mulberry's tribute to Miss Chung's preppy style, the "Alexa", this grown-up take on the trend from Hobbs' excellent NW3 collection is a chic compromise
6 Shoes, £439, Marni
Fashionable footwear that doesn't involve crippling sky-high heels or an unflattering pancake-flat sole? No, we didn't think it could happen either but low heels are back, and these tan numbers were part of the first wave on the catwalk. Extra points for the wooden sole
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