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However you interpret the tips and trends on Style Savvy ~ to your personal styles and locations, have fun creating your individual look inspired by this seasons unexpected details, rich colors, stunning textures and fabulous jewelry!


As we settle into winter, our thoughts turn to spring and more vivid colors to brighten up grey, camel, beige, black and the traditional winter palette. For those of us who are lucky to travel to a warm weather resort in the tropics here's an idea of what you should pack!



Coral shades are hot ~ not only in the resorts but they will be a strong and beautiful shade for spring on many skin tones. These shades also look pretty and fresh when worn with camel, grey, beige, and black. The coral family's hues range from pale pinks to vivid deep coral reds and in between you'll see peach, orange, mango, cerise, and raspberry. (Getting hungry?) All of these shades are shown in gorgeous shoes, all clothing, jewelry, handbags, swim suits, hats and scarves as each are embellished with textures such as suede or bejeweled, cork wedges, chain straps, zippers, quilted and so much more! A little bit of tropical for all!  Try mixing a deeper shade of coral with a lighter shade or even a pink for a fresh look of this fabulous shade!



Jewel tones are another way to look chic! These luxe colors such as emerald green, rich amethyst, peacock blue are guaranteed to elevate your mood and are ideal for cooler skin tones. Another stunning combination of jewel tones paired together is citrine (yellow) and ruby as these will complement golden skin tones. You can wear these together, but keep your accessories and hair minimal.



Jewelry Wardrobe Essentials

Jewelry ~ Layer, Stack and Mix! Necklaces ~ Layer your necklaces for a new look. Mix unexpected textures and combinations such as chains in all sizes and metals ( sterling, gold, bronze, black) with pearls, stones, and Austrian crystals. Vary the lengths of chains for more depth and variety. Big and bold statement pieces ~ When wearing a statement necklace wear with pearl, diamond or other small studs so as not to detract from the necklace.

Bracelets ~ Cuff bracelets look great when paired with a dramatic earring. You can create your own look by layering multiple bracelet with varying textures and materials; charms styles continue to big to be dominant this spring.

Earrings ~ Chandelier style glam for daytime as well as evening. These can be very ornate or simple. Hoops ! both in gold or silver. You can never have too many! Multiple pairs in afew sizes ( large, small or rectangle), embellished and / or simple -they go with any outfit! The Elegant Bead has it all!

Pearls ~ Always Chic! The size of the pearls makes a difference. A short strand of pearls can be ingenue; it can age anyone over 35 unless the pearls themselves are big and gorgeous! The smaller the pearls the more strands you need for impact. Your silohette will appear longer and leaner with lots of longer strands of pearls and so now mixed with chains for the unltimate look! White, gray or blush gray pearls will flatter you if have a cool complexion and creamy, golden or peachy pearls i fyour complexion is warm. Wear your pearls with any earrings - gold silver, stone, or pearl - they all coordinate and you will look tres chic!

Stripes are big! They look so Parisian when layered with roped of pearls! A bit of modern chic by adding a few chains with clear stones. Oh la la!

 The White Shirt ~ Classic essential staple of any wardrobe! Treat yourself to a new white shirt when it's not crisp white anymore! Bow ties ~ Sculptural ties are going into spring with soft bows. Wear the bow a little lower than the neckline and pair with a longer necklace. Stunning details in soft fabrics, intriguing textures, ruffles, ruching, high-collared but yet gauzy; tuxedo, baby doll or poet sleeves are also featured.

 Pale shades can be very rich, chic and striking all at once! In hues of pale pink, beige, taupe, and white look for pretty with detailed draping (very flattering for many figure flaws), touches of sparkle and more to look fresh and oh so feminine! These shades are also showing up in shoes, embellished tops, some with ruching and on handbag handles.

 Belts ~ always fun and a great way to add interest to your outfit and a wardrobe staple, whatever your figure! Belts come in all shapes and prints such as animal (zebra, leopard), leather/ chain mixed together, embellished with fabric and equestrian influences. If you're curvy ~ a wide belt over a drapey dress highlights your waist. If wearing a body skimming dress, no belt needed. For wide hips ~ pair a slouchy top with a matching shade belt is a great way to add definition. For a straight up and down shape ~ try these tips ~ a chain link belt creates curves and looks great mixed with a sexy deep V-neck dress. A wider belt emphasizes the boyish figure and could make you look blocky.

 Layering ~ key trend this fall / winter continues into spring and perfect for the cooler unpredictable springtime weather surprises! You can layer almost everything for many occasions, just don't go overboard. Pair dressy with casual! Experiment (before going out!) by creating special outfits with embellished tanks, jeans, or other casual finds. The contrast lets each piece stand out and it becomes an edgier look yet polished vibe that is stylish and sexy!

 Mix textures ~ thin embellished tanks in lightweight fabrics look great when paired with chunky knits. Skip tops with a lot of extra details like zippers and pockets as they'll just compete with your sweater. A tunic length dress is a perfect layering piece –either under a heavy knit or over leggings.  Show off your waist! When layering, belts will help you to define your waist from getting lost under all those layers. A belt over your cardigan and dress creates an hourglass shape that will give you a beautiful pulled together look.



Mix it up ~ wear a cropped jacket over a top to skim hips, or an easy cardigan over a tank. For the best look, avoid pairing pieces that are the same length worn together. Try these pieces ~ relaxed vest, slouchy cardigan, sparkly top with a long sleeved top and cropped jacket worn with dark jeans. Balance masculine with feminine. Look for menswear influenced pieces with girlie details: a nipped in waist, narrow sleeve. Think tailored jacket with a swingy skirt, dark opaque stockings and shoes.



Handbags ~ messenger bags are hot! You'll see them in suede, rich leather, subtle neutrals or bold colors. Slouchy handbags are still important and you will see them embellished with a touch of edginess thru zippers, leather buckles, black leather, and chains. Polished bags are a mix of textures, color and hardware. These strappy compact bags will look chic when worn with a dress or jeans.



Shoes ~ both wedges and flats! Everyone's happy! Wedges will be seen with sculptural details, sporty and colorful. This chunky is easy to wear and still makes your legs look sky-high! Flats ~ studded, bowed, and jeweled animal print, chained, vivid colors, and spectator styles. So much to choose from!


 

Scarves ~ Big trend! Ombre coloring (shades of a color from light to dark or color range) look chic when wrapped around multiple times. Scarves are in every color, (ethnic stripes, lush floral), length and material you can imagine and worn everywhere! Pair with long necklaces. Scarves are being worn all year long in every local!