Street Style: Must-Have Accessories For Spring

Wondering how to spice up your wardrobe this spring? The ESSENCE.com Street Style team turns to real women to find out which accessories they like to wear to spice up their attire.
ESSENCE.COM May, 14, 2009

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Wondering how to spice up your wardrobe this spring? The ESSENCE.com Street Style team turns to real women to find out which accessories they like to wear to spice up their attire.

Name: Christina
Age: 31
Area of Residence: Upper West Side, New York City
Fashion 411: “I like anything that has gold tones, especially long necklaces and bangles.”

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Name: Lola
Age: 25
Area of Residence: Harlem, New York
Fashion 411: “I love shoes, so during the summer I wear lots of sandals.”

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Name: Sarah
Age: 24
Area of Residence: London, England
Fashion 411: “As you can see from my vest, I like anything sparkly.”

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Name: Jasmine
Age: 19
Area of Residence: Killeen, Texas
Fashion 411: “You can never go wrong with just wearing earrings,” says Jasmine, who is working the mellow-yellow look.

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Name: Cinnamon
Age: 30
Area of Residence: Brooklyn, New York
Fashion 411: “Layered long necklaces and chunky strings of gems work great for summer. I also love to wear a nice pair of earrings with my summer outfits,” say banking professional Cinnamon, seen here sporting a Coach handbag and an Express trench coat.

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Name: Aminata
Age: 29
Area of Residence: Brooklyn, New York
Fashion 411: “I keep my accessories very simple and clean. You’ll see me wearing more earrings in the summer.”

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Street Chic Pick of the Week:
Freshen up your look this spring by choosing floral prints that will make every outfit bloom with femininity and softness. This trend is great for dresses, tops, accessories and more.

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Name: Bell
Age: 20
Area of Residence: Brooklyn, New York
Fashion 411: “Big jewelry is my favorite. I really like bulky pieces of accessories and maxi dresses in the summer.”

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Name: Aisha
Age: 31
Area of Residence: Westchester, New York
Fashion 411: “I love long earrings,” says Aisha, who is carrying a Gucci bag with a Caché trench coat.

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Name: Baizy
Age: 23
Area of Residence: West Village, New York
Fashion 411: “Hair accessories are fun for the summer, like hats and tiaras.”

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Name: Whitney
Age: 22
Area of Residence: Brooklyn, New York
Fashion 411: “You’ll catch me rocking lots of sandals during the summer,” says Whitney, who is wearing Abercrombie & Fitch, head-to-toe.

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Name: Leslie
Age: 46
Area of Residence: Upper West Side, New York City
Fashion 411: “My must-have accessories in the summer are earrings and sunglasses,” says attorney Leslie, who is rocking a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress paired with Dolce & Gabbana pumps.

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Name: Jennifer
Age: 30
Area of Residence: Financial District of New York
Fashion 411: “I’m originally from London, so my style is very eclectic. I think earrings, and rings make every outfit pop,” says chic Jennifer, who hits the mark by pairing a white collar shirt with her Moto UK jeans.

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Name: Salima
Age: 38
Area of Residence: Milan, Italy
Fashion 411: “Chunky jewelry and anything big will make your clothing stand out. I really like pieces from Marni’s summer collection,” says Salima, who works in the fabric textile industry in Italy. But her favorite accessory has got to be her little pooch.

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Name: Christina
Age: 20
Area of Residence: Queens, New York
Fashion 411: “When it comes to accessories, the rule of thumb is to keep it light. Coco Chanel once said ‘whenever you leave the house always take one thing off’.”

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