Kenneth Jay Lane Garden Party Ring from BagBorroworSteal.com
I remember the last time long necklaces were super popular about five years ago... and sadly my just started college budget could hardly keep up with my desire to stay on-trend and collect one for each and every outfit in my wardrobe. In the wake of the bib necklace trend and the recent obsession with chunky stones and baubles, long necklaces are coming back, but this time in celebration of their refreshing versatility that last season's more dramatic pieces tend to lack. While they can still certainly make a statement, the thinner design and less overwhelming presence allows you to wear a long necklace with almost any springtime outfit. After all, you can wear them long to add full-length glitz to a more basic top, or double-layer them for more concentrated attention at the neckline. Go sweet and retro-modern with an oversized pearl-and-chain necklace, or add a pop of color (or two, if you double it up!) with bright turquoise beads. Check the slideshow for my 10 favorite layering necklaces!
While you may opt to leave the lucite platform heels for the... errr, pole, less frowned-upon clear accessories are making a wave in the pool of upcoming spring trends, and they're looking anything but cheap-o. Clear lucite and plastic, traditionally not the most luxe of jewelry-making materials, are sprouting up everywhere we look in the realms of sunglasses, watches and beyond, and I think the effect is totally refreshing! Think of clear pieces as 2010's answer to white accessories, except without the constant worry of accidental barbecue sauce spills or inevitable grass stains. I love the way clear jewelry reflects the sun, whether in the form of baubles or bangles, and it's a way to still get that "iced" look without spending thousands on actual bling. Of course, while I'd gladly take real diamonds any day, clear pieces have a more versatile and casual daytime spring look -- and I dare you to find something it won't match! Take a look at the slideshow for my favorite clear accessories for spring!