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Summer Statements

Updated on June 4, 2012

Giving your look a personal touch

I've always believed that the best way to add a little extra "umph" to any outfit, was to amp up the accessories. By "amp" I don't always mean piling on the bling or stacking the chunky jewlery. By amp I mean allowing your accessories to do all the work for you.

There are some accessory pieces that fall flat and blend in, that do nothing to really help an outfit pop. However, there are some pieces that are meant to make statements. This summer, stand out and make a statement without doing any talking at all.

Here are a few key tips to remember when looking for the perfect statement piece:

Bright and BOLD

A good statement piece makes good use of color. This summer color is in, so have fun experiementing with colorful accessories and seeing how they allow your outfit to come alive and pop.

When wearing a colorful statement piece, it can be something as simple as a bracelet, or a neckalce. Also colorful shoes and handbags can help make an outfit feel more bold and daring as well.

Be sure to try bright colors like red, bue, yellow, green and orange.These are going to be colors that quickly draw the eyes attention. And remember with color, less is more. The trick is to use the color accessories as accent pieces. The color should be the main attraction.

Kaleidoscope bracelet Forever 21 $8.80
Kaleidoscope bracelet Forever 21 $8.80
A coloful necklace like this is sure to make a statement.
A coloful necklace like this is sure to make a statement.
Colorful handbags with detailing can be used to help give your look a little more pop!
Colorful handbags with detailing can be used to help give your look a little more pop!
Shoes are always good statement pieces
Shoes are always good statement pieces


Studs are another good way to make a statement. They help to give your outfit an extra edge. Try studded pieces like shoes or hand bags. When most people think of studs, they tend to think of a rocker look, however stud designs these days are taking on a more glam feel.

It's also important to remember that with studs, you don't want to overdue it. If you're making a statement, it only takes once piece. Studs should be used to accent or compliment something else in the outfit you've chosen. When wearing studs, everything else should be kept simple. The studs should be the center piece accessory.

Check out a few of the stud statement pieces below:

This studded shoe gives a glam twist to the everyday "rocker" studs. (Bakers)
This studded shoe gives a glam twist to the everyday "rocker" studs. (Bakers)
studded clutch
studded clutch

Size & shape

When making a statement, size is everything! Big pieces make big statements and that's just that. In this case size does matter. Try playing around with a few necklaces, or a few oversized rings. Bigger is better, but also within reason. There's a difference between making a statement and being obnoxious.

Sometimes if a piece is unique enough, it doesn't take much for it to stand out. Try playing around with accesories that invovle different shapes and different gemoetric patterns. Try rings that are shaped like skulls, or oversized hearts. Necklaces that have geometirc patterns like traingles or squares. Even earrings can be good statement pieces. Try oversized studd earrings, or vintage earrings made from old buttons. Large hoop earrings with beaded designs are also statement pieces.

If your accessory piece can get people talking and asking questions, then you've picked the right piece!

Sparkle and Bling:Classic statement pieces

When all else fails and you're looking to make a statement, anything that sparkles or blings will do. Bling has always been the classic way to make a statement with any outfit. Bling can be subtle like a pair of simple studded earrings, or it can be more grande like a pair of oversized bling hoops.

Adding bling to your outfit can be both fun and funky, or chic and classic. It depends on what look you're going for. If you're going for a more fun and funky look, try adding colored bling to your outfit for an extra pop! Rhinestones and crystals aren't just limited to jewlery, try adding a colorful bling clutch to your outfit. Or even a pair of studded flats. A pair of bling shades would be fun to try during the summer as well.

If you were going for a more classic or chic look, stick to clear colored bling or rhinestones. But because you don't have color to give it that extra pop, this is where size matters. I would try maybe shoes with bling, or an oversized ring with some sparkle.

With blinged out accessories you're sure to attract a lot more attention quicker than some of the other statement pieces I've mentioned earlier. So the key thing to remember is, don't overdue it with the bling and the sparkle. Too much bling and people might think you're being over the top or obnoxious.

Also "bling" doesn't always equate to rhinestones and crystal studded, try adding glitter accessories to make a statement too. Sometimes glitter still sparkles but it's a bit more subtle than the rhinestones and studds.

If you want your bling to be bold, try these colorful oversized hoops to make a fun summer statement!
If you want your bling to be bold, try these colorful oversized hoops to make a fun summer statement!
These earrings would be a more subtle way to add bling to your outfit, but still make a statement.
These earrings would be a more subtle way to add bling to your outfit, but still make a statement.
Sparkle bow ring
Sparkle bow ring
Gliter clutch by Kate Spade
Gliter clutch by Kate Spade


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