UPDATE:Looking for that extra bling to make the waning days of summer really pop? These jewels are still fair game. This post was originally published on July 16, 2012.
It's that age-old summer style conundrum. While we want to sport chic maxis and work that layered look, when it's 100-plus degrees, we can’t justify much more than a single frock... and that’s only because bikini tops aren’t appropriate daywear. On days when the sidewalks are melting, accessorizing becomes basic instinct. And since adding bling to our ensembles doesn't up the thermometer, we're calling in the big guys. Yes, July is just the right time to give your threads a break and let seriously eye-catching statement jewelry do the work. So, we're letting you lower your A.C. bill with our roundup of 15 pieces to give your fresh summer look some easy wow. Beat the sun at its own game and shine, baby, shine.