Editor's Note: When Brooke of Belts and Bangles emailed me about guest posting, I jumped at the chance. I'm honored that she's bringing her fashion sensibility and giving us a little lesson on accessories today. Hope you enjoy it!
Keeping up with the latest trends is a challenge for fashionistas on a budget, but accessories provide the perfect solution for changing up your look without spending a fortune on new clothing. Shopping for a gift for your most fashionable friend can give you a glimpse into what these glam gals go for on a regular basis. The following tips may help you know where to start when looking for chic and cutting-edge accessories for fashionable ladies of all ages.
If you're looking for the perfect accessory for someone who may be a bit newer to the fashion scene, take advantage of the recent retail explosion of trendy tween jewelry and accessories. Try bright, quirky and humorous jewelry that features Hello Kitty, friendship necklaces, Justin Bieber and tons of cute, colorful charms.
Teens may be looking for something a bit more sophisticated than the quirky and loud accessories for tweens, but they still love youthful designs that show off their unique personalities. For boho styles, feathered jewelry or clip-in hair extensions are all the rage. For punk or emo styles, studded accessories are popular, along with big, prominent rings and round, black-framed glasses. If the person you're shopping for leans more toward a preppy style, look for simple, chic designs with one vibrant color or a mix of softer hues.
Most 20-somethings are still transitioning between free-spirited college life and the professional world. For the free-spirited student, studs are a popular feature for many accessories, in addition to waist belts and bright neon jewelry, like these bracelets. For a business-appropriate look, choose subtler, simpler jewelry pieces with pearls and rhinestones. Chic watches and small, colorful handbags can complete a professional look and add a pop of color.
30- and 40-somethings
Women in the 30-and-40 age groups appreciate simple, understated pieces that can be worn at the office and social functions. Must-have accessories for this group of women include classy gold or white watches, muted scarves and simple, but sparkling jewelry pieces.
50 and over
For women age 50 and above, popular styles are more sophisticated and refined, focusing on darker hues like blacks and grays, as well as lighter hues like whites and beige. Style-minded women in this age group often add a small splash of color, such as a bright scarf or a piece of jewelry to make the outfit pop. Sunglasses are another popular item for this group, with basic gray lenses and either black or muted frames.
Knowing who you're shopping for and what the trends are for her age group can help you narrow down an idea of what to look for while searching for the perfect gift. Since style evolves at a rapid pace, giving a fashionable friend a new accessory can help her look current without exceeding a budget. Any trendsetter is sure to love adding a new age-appropriate accessory to her wardrobe.
--Brooke of Belts and Bangles