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My favorite thing this Spring is COLOR ! Everything in my closet is focused on color rather than pattern or adornments. While I admit I still love beading and the embellished look, my new weakness is anything with a bright and beautiful color! Like this dress from Calypso–

Calypso DressCheck out this dress from BCBG–

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And this one from bevello.com–

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When you wear beautiful color that pops you don’t need to accessorize too much, because the color speaks for itself! Wearing a solid, bright color is always flattering and fun!

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This year was the first time that I had heard of the lipstick effect.  Basically when the economy is down, lipstick sales soar.  Why you ask? Well, lipstick is the one purchase that is fairly cheap (depending on what cosmetic line you use) and can make a women feel good about herself!  I’m not sure if a lip gloss or lipstick would really quench my thirst, but here’s what WWD has to say about it:

” The phenomenon,known as the lipstick effect, dates back to The Great Depression and has provided bright spots in otherwise dull retail landscapes.  Meanwhile, Estee Lauder chairman Leonard Lauder added credence to the economic indictor when he coined the “Lipstick Index” post 9/11.  The sqaure root of the concept is an easy, feel-good item that offers a quick and affordable fix.”

According to WWD one of the most popular  lipsticks is the new Guerlain Rouge G, the red lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G, the red lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G, the red lipstick

 

   Hmm, pretty packaging at least.  So other than lipstick what else are women turning to in these economic times of despair?   According to Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director at Neiman Marcus ” The new lipstick is shoes”

  Brands that are trending up are Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Dior.  Looks like Carrie Bradshaw had it right all along!

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Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

 

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik

  Other retailers such as Donna Karen, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Lord and Taylor, Henri Bendel, J crew, Gap and Intermix cite these favorites as the next lipstick:

  • Scarves
Accordian Scarf from bevello

Accordian Scarf from bevello

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Handbags
Saltbox "Trellis"

Saltbox "Trellis" from Dillards

  • Costume Jewelry
Lilith Earrings from bevello

Lilith Earrings from bevello

Chirp Necklace from bevello
Chirp Necklace from bevello

 

 

 

 

Henna bracelet from bevello

Henna bracelet from bevello

  • Cocktail Rings
Juju Ring from Forever 21

Juju Ring from Forever 21

         

 

 

 

  • J Crew’s Cupcake T
J Crew Cupcake Tank

J Crew Cupcake Tank

  • Bright clothes
  • Jumpsuits
  • Headbands and Hats
Urban Outfitters Feather Headband

Urban Outfitters Feather Headband

  Looks like accessories are a big hit amongst this recession.  Here’s what Scott Schramm Senior VP of Henri Bendel has to say about the strength of accessories: “Accessories typically have been recession-proof. ”

(“Beyond ‘Lipstick Index’: Stores see some hits even in the recession” by Jessica Iredale)

   I agree.  Accessories are key in fashion.  It takes a blah and boring dress or shirt and adds that much needed POP!  Its an acquired skill. One that I myself need to work on.  I am so focused on my outfit and shoes that I regularly forget to put on accessories!

The reason I love accessories? 

  It doesn’t matter what size you are!  Accessories look great on everyone size 2 to 22!

  Whats my favorite “lipstick” ?     The hinged wallet or clutch!

Hinged Wallet from target

Hinged Wallet from target

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