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:
Look: Nighttime: adding color to color!
Kenneth Cole Reaction peeptoe pumps, $89, KennethCole.com
Xhilaration Lucite Clutch in yellow, $12.99, Target.com
Colored bangles, $4.99, Claires.com
Black belt, $48, Banana Republic stores nationwide
Theory geographic print dress
Karen Kane black jacket
Look: Daytime: Add clorful accessories to a simple ensemble!
Scarf, 19.95, Gap.com
Steve Madden flats, $49.50, StevenMadden.com
Green Patent belt, $48, LordandTaylor.com
Bangles, range from $50-$100, Nordstrom.com
Worthington metallic work tote, $48, JCP.com
white Gap blouse
Banana Republic pants
On the table on the set:
Merona green Satchel, $24.99, Target.com
Isaac Mizrahi for Target for poster bag, yellow, $29.99, Target.com
Bisou Bisou patent clutch, $28, JC Penney stores, jcp.com
Genna de Rossi orange tote, $58, JC Penney stores, jcp.com
DKNY clutch, $195, DKNY.com
Kooba clutch, $295, Kooba.com
Botkier Bianca satchel in marine patent, $495, Bloomingdales.com
Jessica Simpson raspberry satin wedges, $75, Macy's East
Steve Madden, $89, Steve Madden stores
BCBGirls "Izzie" Low Wedge, $89, Macys.com
Enzo Angiolini blue pumps, $89, Nordstrom.com
Dolce Vita green flats, $100, PiperLime.com
Orange patent Tory Burch flats, $195, Toryburch.com
DKNY orange patent sandals, $195, DKNY.com
Beaded necklaces, $9.50, Claires.com
Mixit Yellow necklace, $20, JCP.com
H&M beaded necklace, $4.90, H&M
KEP Designs colored bangles, $40/each, kepdesigns.com
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, Target.com
Blue thin belt, $17, NY&Co.com
Yellow belt, $1.99, Bakers.com
Blue belt, $10, Claires.com
Red patent belt, $20, JC Penney stores, jcp.com
Bright stiped belts, $22.50, Express stores nationwide
Colored tights, $10, JC Penney stores, jcp.com
Colored tights, $2.99, Target.com
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, solsticestores.com
Orange scarf, $9.90, H&M stores nationwide
Yellow polka dot scarf, $58, Jcrew.com
Green print scarf, $68, BananaRepublic.com
Colored headbands, $9.50/each, Gap.com
Thick headbands, $22.50, Express stores nationwide