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Fashion Accessories: Brights Are Back

Winter got you down?

Brighten up these drab winter days with one of the season's hottest trends -- bright, bold, Crayola-colored fashion accessories.

Bright colors are popping up in all types of accessories including shoes, handbags, and jewelry.

Dawn Yanek, editor at large of Life&Style Weekly magazine, stopped by The Saturday Early Show with plenty of examples selected by Life & Style editors, and with and two models showing how the accessories can help your look.

How bright is bright? Yanek says we're talking a lot of Crayola colors here, primarily yellows, blues and reds, kelly green, and hot pink. Let's just say these colors won't get lost in the crowd!

This is a really fun look and, believe it or not, everybody can wear it.

The great thing about an accessory trend is that you don't need to invest a lot of money to look stylish.

What Yanek likes about this trend in particular is that, even if it's not as hot next year, nobody is going to say, "Oh, that green bangle bracelet is sooooo last season!" Color never really goes out of style. Another bonus: You can start wearing these colors now and keep wearing them the rest of the year.

Some people might look at these accessories and immediately assume they're just for young people, but Yanek begs to differ. She points out that we're seeing a lot of high-end items in these colors, too (a $495 purse, $700 watches), which means designers have older women in mind. How many 16=year-olds do you know who can afford a $500 handbag?! However, if you're really concerned about this, she suggests staying away from hot pinks and yellows, which tend to "skew younger."

Yanek says the easiest way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe is with a pair of shoes or a handbag. Both of these items provide big splashes of color, but don't come off as over-the-top.

Purses are coming in all shapes and sizes; there's not one predominant trend this season.

In shoes, we're seeing heels, wedges and flats, but all have rounded toes. Round toes and peep toes remain big, according to Yanek.

She also brought along a wide variety of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and watches.

A word of caution if you want to buy colorful jewelry: Be choosy, because some of the pieces can wind up looking a bit tacky. Also, less is more here: Don't try to combine several pieces of colorful jewelry.

But those aren't the only brightly-colored accessories out there: Yanek also showed belts, headbands, sunglasses and scarves.

The point here is that basically any accessory you might want or need this season comes in a fun color, so don't be afraid to experiment!

A couple of basic rules to keep in mind when you wear these bright accessories:

  • Don't go over the top: It's usually best to wear no more than two or three bright colors at once. If you have true fashion sense, you'll know if you can pull of more. Yanek particularly likes pairing green and purple, yellow and blue.
  • Avoid a "matchy-matchy" look: Don't pair bright green shoes with a green belt, green purse and green jewelry. Mix it up some.


    Model 1:

    Look: Nighttime: adding color to color!

    Kenneth Cole Reaction peeptoe pumps, $89,

    Xhilaration Lucite Clutch in yellow, $12.99,

    Colored bangles, $4.99,

    Black belt, $48, Banana Republic stores nationwide

    Theory geographic print dress

    Karen Kane black jacket

    Model 2

    Look: Daytime: Add clorful accessories to a simple ensemble!

    Scarf, 19.95,

    Steve Madden flats, $49.50,

    Green Patent belt, $48,

    Bangles, range from $50-$100,

    Worthington metallic work tote, $48,

    white Gap blouse

    Banana Republic pants

    On the table on the set:


    Merona green Satchel, $24.99,

    Isaac Mizrahi for Target for poster bag, yellow, $29.99,

    Bisou Bisou patent clutch, $28, JC Penney stores,

    Genna de Rossi orange tote, $58, JC Penney stores,

    DKNY clutch, $195,

    Kooba clutch, $295,

    Botkier Bianca satchel in marine patent, $495,


    Jessica Simpson raspberry satin wedges, $75, Macy's East

    Steve Madden, $89, Steve Madden stores

    BCBGirls "Izzie" Low Wedge, $89,

    Enzo Angiolini blue pumps, $89,

    Dolce Vita green flats, $100,

    Orange patent Tory Burch flats, $195,

    DKNY orange patent sandals, $195,


    Beaded necklaces, $9.50,

    Mixit Yellow necklace, $20,

    H&M beaded necklace, $4.90, H&M

    KEP Designs colored bangles, $40/each,

    Hildago watches (in purple, blue and yellow), $700 and up

    Earrings, $16.50, Express stores nationwide

    Multicolor bangle, 22.50 Express stores nationwide

    Polkatdot pangle, 24.50, Express stores nationwide


    Xhilaration® Skinny Patent Flat Buckle Belt - in yellow and pink, $6.99,

    Blue thin belt, $17, NY&

    Yellow belt, $1.99,

    Blue belt, $10,

    Red patent belt, $20, JC Penney stores,

    Bright stiped belts, $22.50, Express stores nationwide


    Colored tights, $10, JC Penney stores,

    Colored tights, $2.99,

    Colored tights, $16.50, Express stores nationwide


    Green sunglasses, $9.50, Forever21 stores nationwide

    Pink Armani Exchange sunglasses, $65, available at Armani Exchange boutiques

    Red Stella McCartney sunglasses $255,

    Spring scarves:

    Orange scarf, $9.90, H&M stores nationwide

    Yellow polka dot scarf, $58,

    Green print scarf, $68,


    Colored headbands, $9.50/each,

    Thick headbands, $22.50, Express stores nationwide