Nothing punches up an outfit more than a pretty pair of shoes.  Killer stilettos, chunky block heels or gladiator style sandals can take a simple outfit and kick it up a notch.  The same goes for a hot handbag in cobalt blue or passionate purple.  Whatever you’re wearing this season – keep in mind these stunning accessories.

Clearly

See-through accessories, especially purses, are going to be everywhere this spring and summer.  It may seem like a 90s redux but then again what trend doesn’t this year?  The focus will be on see-through straps and heels on shoes.  A cute pair of chunky summer heels will now have a clear wide band across the middle section of the foot or maybe a dainty t-strap at the ankle.  Your clear bag is more of a clutch, which is a good thing. No one needs to see the mess you store in a tote.  A clutch requires you to pare down to the basic necessities.

Totes Fantastic

So maybe you can’t let go of the big tote bag.  No problem!  Totes in leather, fabric and even straw are big in size and style this spring and summer.  They’re also taking a cue from other trends. You can find bags in a cheery floral print or color-blocked in bright hues like pink, turquoise, emerald green or a sunny yellow. Handles allow for a double strap to carry with your hands, or a single strap long enough to wear on your shoulders. You’ll find them in shapes from square to rectangle and even triangle. They can carry everything from your necessities to an extra pair of shoes or tablet, phone and book. Remember: to go big, go tote.

Black & White

That black and white Jason Wu bag you bought at Target last spring?  It’s still a keeper this season.  The high contrast look is going nuts right now and in more than just your dresses, shirts and pants.   A lady-like white purse with black trim or a wide-striped clutch make a real statement with whatever outfit you are wearing.  Go beyond the bag and step foot into this trend.  From pumps to lace-ups and every shoe in between – the black and white trend can spruce up a simple outfit and make it bolder, better and add a touch of class.

This time of year it might feel like you are being inundated with new trends and gorgeous new pieces from every website and brick and mortar store.  Don’t worry, stay calm and focus on what you have in your closet right now.  Pick out the items that work well and add a few pieces from this season that are totally you.

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