Fashionable Accessories for Teens
If any age group has their pulse on the latest trends, it has to be teens. Teens are prime for testing the fashion waters, which makes them the perfect age for trying out the latest accessories. Thankfully, they can completely change their look each season and do so without putting a major dent in the family budget. Today there are so many sources for inexpensive versions of chic fashion accessories, teens can dabble to their hearts’ content.
So, which accessories are the most popular among budding fashionistas?
Necklaces have always been in vogue and continue to be an important accessory for teens. They can choose from a preppy pearl necklace or dog collar to a bold gold chain or chunky, ethnic neck creation. All of these are great options for a teen who is into fashion experimentation.
If your teen has yet to move into uncharted fashion territory, she may just want to layer several metallic chain necklaces together. Or maybe simple is better – like a gold or silver locket on a delicate chain. She can keep a photo of her current BF close to her heart.
Scarves are extremely popular among teenagers. There are so many styles, patterns and colors from which to choose, she’ll no doubt want a closet-full. Scarves are great because they serve so many purposes. Your teen can multipurpose one scarf as a head wrap, belt, shawl or neck warmer. Accessorizing a wardrobe has never been easier!
Scarves also come in a variety of fabric weights, so they can be worn year-round. For summer, she can pair a sundress or shorts and a tee with a gauzy, fringed scarf tied around the neck as a loose muffler. When the weather chills, she can take a plaid, wool scarf and wear it like a shawl over a crisp, solid color blazer. Pair it with a miniskirt and loafers and you've got a preppie outfit that would make Ralph Lauren proud.
You can dress ‘em up or dress ‘em down – that’s why scarves should be a part every teens’ accessory arsenal.
Belts and Bags
Every teen should also have at least one trendsetting belt and funky handbag in her accessory wardrobe. Not to bore you, but as a teen, I had a fabulous suede tie belt with super long fringes and a matching suede fringed shoulder bag. They were my pride and joy, and looked groovy with my tie-dyed t-shirts and peasant skirts.
Handbags and belts speak volumes about a teens’ fashion sense. Teens tend to emulate what they see in magazines and on television, so it stands to reason oversize bags are one of the most fashionable styles around. Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Simpson wouldn't be caught dead without theirs!
I think they’re great because they offer ample room to transport extra books, snacks, iPads, iPods, mp3s and everything else that won’t fit into a dainty handbag. Look for metallics, reptile and or shiny pleather with lots of big buckles, zippers and more!
Every teen girl needs a few versatile belts that she can use with several outfits. They come in all widths -- wide, narrow and in-between. Belt materials for teens include leather, suede, metallics and fabrics. She needn't worry about choosing the right kind, they are all in style! Just flip through teen fashion magazines and you'll see what I mean!
Oh, and back to my fringed suede bag and belt…yes, if I'd kept them, they'd be in style today. Who knew "hippie" style would come back as "Boho" lo these many years later!
Every teen must own at least several pairs of boots. In high school I had a pair of coveted Frye harness boots. They are still popular, I’m happy to say. Lucky for teens, there are many other fun styles from which to choose. Teens can rock ankle boots, biker boots, shearling, slouch, knee-highs and shoe booties!
I’ve even spotted teens wearing shearling and ankle boots during the summer. Versatile boots can be worn with dresses, skirts, shorts, crops, slacks and jeans. So, when your teen says she needs more than a couple pair of boots, she’s not kidding!
Headbands are an easy way to change up a teen’s hairstyle while adding another fashionable accessory. They even serve a functional purpose – sports headbands will hold her hair back for that tennis date and add a bit of fashion panache at the same time.
Wide elastic headbands come in every color of the rainbow. Chic plastic headbands adorned with bows, flowers and rhinestones are a feminine accessory to complete almost any outfit.
Bangles are best, but big, chunky elastic bracelets are cool too. Metallic cuffs, ID bracelets, charm bracelets and shimmering stack bracelets from the wrist to the elbow will surely command attention.
Don’t forget rubberized plastic statement bracelets to let people know what causes are important to your teen. You’ll find everything from braided strands of leather and string to bracelet watches gracing the wrists of teens.
One of the most important accessory your teen will don is a pair of chic sunglasses. Make sure your teen’s sunglasses provide eye protection as well as turn heads – 100% UV protection is best and an anti-glare component will make it easier face the sun on the drive to school or a day of beach volleyball.
In a pair of oversize, round sunglasses your teen will look just like her fashion idols Blake Lively or Taylor Swift. Black and tortoise shell frames are the most versatile, but a pair of sunglasses in white or pastels will definitely shake things up. She shouldn't forget the ever-popular aviator style – the bigger the better! Half-frame retros reminiscent of the 1940s and 50s will also make the grade with your teen.
Surely your teen has pierced ears, so earrings are a natural accessory. Choose from elegant pearls, CZ, rhinestone studs, chandeliers, dangles or super big hoops.
Beaded styles, fringe leather, feathers, crystals, acrylic, glass or metals are fashionable accents for any outfit or occasion.
Teens are so lucky, they can get away with earring styles the rest of us only wish we could wear! Basically anything goes when it comes to earrings for teens. She should just remember to look for hypoallergenic posts and backs.
Earrings can be serious and elegant or purely fun and frivolous -- just like the ones on this display rack!
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