Ladies, whether you live in the Pacific Northwest or the Deep South, summer is here and it's going to be HOT! While normally I might complain about the heat and humidity, this type of weather gives me the perfect excuse to go shopping for an entire season's worth of fashionable outfits and accessories. Even though I'm a married woman, that doesn't mean I can't hope to turn a few heads with the latest summer styles - after all, isn't that what beach vacations are all about? I like a little flattery now and again, which is why I keep my jewelry boxes close so I can look my very best.
However, as beautiful as they may be, you can't just throw on any old necklace or pair of earrings left over from your Valentine's Day gifts - summer is an entirely new season that demands fresh and original styles - especially in those gorgeous accessories that tie your look together. With jewelry trends changing every day, it can be a little tricky to know what's in and what's out. So, to make sure you don't fall victim to outdated styles, here's a list of the hottest and most eye-catching summer jewelry trends for 2012.
By the Sea
Considering that summer is beach season, it should come as little surprise that sea-inspired accessories are all the rage this year. According to MillionLooks.com, jewelry pieces are adopting more nautical themes through designs inspired by fish-scales, seashells, pearls, crystals and even sand. These earrings, bracelets and necklaces are the perfect way to flesh out your look when you want to show off that tan you've been working on all spring.
When I imagine the summer's latest fashion and beauty trends, chunky isn't the first word that comes to mind, however, that's exactly what's gracing the runways, reports British Vogue. To be more specific, chunky bangles are all the rage in 2012 - bringing a little bit of weight along with bold colors and intricate patterns to ladies' wrists. This super-sized style isn't just for bracelets either. You'll find that earrings, necklaces and hair accessories are also a little heftier this year. Subtle? No. Beautiful? You better believe it. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter if you'll be trying out this trend!
Join the Tribe
Incorporating natural elements and earthy styles similar to those used in sea-inspired jewelry, many women are falling in love with tribal touches in their fashion accessories this season, according to Harper’s Bazaar. Bright colors like turquoise, lime green, gold, tangerine and scarlet balance the neutral hues of brown and bone white found in these ethnic pieces. Rather than using an excessive amount of metal, you may find the inclusion of leather, beads, wood, twine and rope a little more casual when you're having fun in the sun this summer. Would you be willing to try out uncommon jewelry material? Comment on our Facebook or Twitter pages to let us know!