Strike It Rich

15 spring accessories trends to get your hands on now. By Piera Gelardi & Christene Barberich
If, like us, you've been watching runways lately as much as the stock market, then you know that the spring/summer shows were just as much about accessories as they were about ready-to-wear. And despite the recent economic rumblings (more like armegeddon, actually), designers turned up the volume on runway add-ons, taking sparkle, fringe, color, and embellishment all to new heights. Recession? Not on these runways. But the thing is, plunking your money down on a great bag or pair of platform sandals is probably one of the better investments you could make—not only will any of these artful bags, ankle booties, or chunky bangles bring a little extra joy to your day, they might even make you feel a tad richer than you really are. It's all about perspective, right?
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1. Round Sunglasses—Very Great Gatsby or maybe The Cotton Club...simple, quirky, and completely chic.
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2. Towering Platforms—Here's to never being tall enough…if you ever wanted to feel like a super-hero, spring will be the time.
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From left: Prada, Gucci
3. Busy Bags—The days of minimal bags are OVER. We're loving these excessively tricked out totes.
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4. Giant Gems—Prehistoric-sized rocks were the focal point of spring/summer's big, big neck candy.
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From left: Marni, Gucci, Marni
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5. Chain Belts—Another simple swipe of embellishment that makes even a simple outfit seem richer.
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6. Cantilevered Heels—Angular lifts have been all the rage lately, regardless of the comfort level.
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7. Giant Tassles—One of our favorite accessory trends, giant tassles had a sort of baroque, tom-boyish feel.
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8. Big Bangles Galore—Another season, and even more bigger, wider, chunkier bangles to go around.
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9. Lacing—Elizabethan and a touch sexy, the season's lacing on the highest shoes is equally high on our list.
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From left: Vena Cava for Via Spiga, Doo.Ri
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10. Minaudiere Purses—Jewelry-box-style cases with hard lines and artful details offered plenty of old-school bling at many a designer's show.
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11. Fringed Shoes—A more modest form of accenting, the season's fringe feels urban instead of earthy.
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12. Geometric Necklaces—A surprisingly clean switch from so many other turns of fanciful excess, these geometric-cut necklaces were practically minimal in comparison, revealing a mod '60s-infused spin.
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13. Thick Ankle Straps—Short skirts are begging to be worn with these super sexy, bondage-style sandals.
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14. More is More Necklaces—Whether it's layered coral or tangles of rope and stone, designers just want to keep piling it on.
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15. Obi Belts—Designers still can't get enough of showing off the waist, and while loads brought extra-extra-wide '80s-style belts onboard, we were more into the slightly couture Obi-esque wraps.
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Photos via Style.com
15 spring accessories trends to get your hands on now.
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