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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Big, Bright, Bold, Beautiful Bling

After the long, dull winter and the pale promise spring brings, summer is a breath of blooming color. Mother Nature is blushing with brilliancy; from lush green grass and clear blue skies, to neon flowers and painted sunsets. Summer is the season of color. Color makes a statement; and what could be a better way to make a statement with your wardrobe than with accessories? Nothing.

The first thing that caught my attention in this Fashionista’s look was her vibrant statement necklace and matching earrings. The necklace’s circular arrangement of complementing orange and turquoise stones was framed perfectly by the plunging V-neck of the black Charlotte Russe crop top she was wearing. By choosing a darkly colored shirt, her bright jewelry looked classy rather than tacky. This Fashionista also wore vibrant, bohemian print shorts that paired perfectly with the accessories, giving the outfit a balanced look.

Contrary to Coco Chanel’s advice, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory,” this Fashionista added more accessories. She kept her arm candy simple by layering Alex and Ani bangle bracelets and topped off her bling with a diamond shaped turquoise ring. Her black lace American Eagle Outfitters sandals complemented the outfit’s bohemian feel and provided a foundation for the colors in the rest of the look.

This Fashionista knows how to put the class in costume jewelry. As Coco Chanel said, “Costume jewelry is not made to give women and aura of wealth, but to make them beautiful.”

How To: Try pairing a bold statement necklace with a simple outfit. For example, when you’re looking for a way to spice up your solid white T-shirt add a brightly colored statement necklace to bring your outfit to life. Try experimenting with one or two pieces of costume jewelry to give a simple look a bit of glamour.