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Video: Four affordable accessories for spring

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updated 4/11/2012 2:53:07 PM ET 2012-04-11T18:53:07

Accessories are an affordable way to update your entire look, from head to toe. TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas highlights four of the season’s best trends:

Cap toes
A toecap may seem like a small decorative detail, but it can actually have a big impact on your outfit. Perched out on the very visible tippy-toe, the covered end can look smart and sophisticated, adding instant polish. You’ll be amazed at how slipping into this one accent can quickly dress up denim and even leggings. A cap will also add flair, whether it’s a flashback to 60's mod (ala "Mad Men") or a futuristic twist as seen on the spring runway at Louis Vuitton, with metallic pointy tips celebrities are swooning for. And with a range of styles to suit every taste, from canvas flats with colored tips to sharp heels with neutral tones, why not dip your toe into the trend?

Pump $375, Stuartweitzman.com
Zara Court Show heels $89, Zara.com
MICHAEL Michael Kors Pressley $97.95, Nordstrom.com
Calvin Klein Blaine heel $109, Bloomingdales.com

Merona Mittie Cap Toe $24.99, Target.com
The Webster Collection $7.99-$49.99 available May 6th Target.com

Outburst flat $79, Ninewest.com
Oneda flats $98, Vincecamuto.com

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Statement earrings
As the temperate moves up, so does this season’s notice-me-now accessory. Big earrings are replacing the statement necklace as the bauble du jour this season. So swap out the heavy hardware on your neckline, and get ready to frame your face in a new way. Exotic, glam, edgy, bohemian, tribal, or retro — styles of every kind have swung back into favor. Oscar de la Renta and Prada sent romantic gem encrusted drops down the runway, while Marni opted for bright geometric designs, and Missoni decided to mismatch their metals. An enticing assortment of affordable styles can be found.

Trend earrings $2, 2Dollarjewelry.com
Clip-on & pierced earrings $14-$45, Chicos.com

Fashion earrings $3-$15, Charmingcharlie.com

Exotic metal earrings $4-$28, Jcp.com

Bold belts
Whether your silhouette looks best in one that cinches at your natural waist or down below at the hip line, belts can work wonders for your frame. Corset inspired cuts are offering a feminine curve this season. If you shy away from belts for fear of a horizontal line at your midsection, look for one that "cheats" with a tapered line. Beyond the definition a belt can offer, they can also help to anchor your outline when wearing loud prints. The addition of a bright belt can even get in on the color blocking trend with less commitment. Experiment with the plethora available, you’ll be surprised how investing in a variety can expand your wardrobe.

Switch Belts & Buckles $6.95-$29.95, Switchbelt.com
Assorted Belts $10-20, Lulu-nyc.com
Elastic Waist Belts $19.99-$24.99, Mango.com
Plate Waist & Toggle Belts $58-$88, Bcbg.com

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Funny sunnies
Last but not least, designers pushed the envelope this season with avant garde frames in exaggerated shapes, but a wide selection of very wearable styles have made their way into stores. Anyone can add a quirky twist, so don't be afraid to go beyond basic black or brown and add a touch of color. Similar to what makeup or a vibrant scarf can do, a burst of red, blue, or even yellow can give you a flattering glow. Instead of the classic aviator or oversized lens, consider a cat eye style for a little lift. Just like a dress can shift your shape, an angled edge can offer a new perspective. Like a playful splash of nail polish, a pair of quirky shades could become the easiest way to incorporate a new trend and an fun new extension of your personality.


Robert Verdi Shades $24.90-$29.90, Hsn.com
Trend sunglasses $14-$16, Urbanoutiftters.com
Fashion sunglasses $21.95, icueyewear.com

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  1. The hottest spring polishes

    Wondering which shades to wear this season? From bright white to hot neon, InStyle.com highlighted readers' most popular shades:

    White

    OPI in Don't Touch My Tutu, Available April 1, $8.50; opi.com.

    Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquer in True White, $20; saks.com.

    Duri A Perfect Match Polish in I Do, $5; duri.com.

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  2. Citrus

    Nails Inc. in Portobello, $9.50; sephora.com.

    Sephora by OPI in Paisley Attention to Me, $9.50; sephora.com.

    Kat Von D High Voltage Lacquer in Sparklehorse, $12.50; sephora.com. (InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Seafoam

    Yves Saint Laurent La Laque in #7, $30 for set of two; yslbeautyus.com.

    Lancome Vernis in Green Almond, $15 for three; lancome-usa.com.

    RGB in Dew, $16; rgbcosmetics.com. (InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Cool pink

    Paul & Joe Nail Enamel in Kitten Claws, $14; b-glowing.com.

    MAC Nail Lacquer in Midsummer's Dream, $16; maccosmetics.com.

    L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in Penthouse Pink, $6; lorealparisusa.com.

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  5. Peach

    Nicole by OPI in Paparazzi Don't Preach, $6; cvs.com.

    Essie in A Crewed Interest, $8; essie.com.

    Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect in Sorbet, $6; drugstore.com. (InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Neon

    American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Neon Yellow, $6; americanapparel.net.

    Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer in Sizzle, $18; lauramercier.com.

    Butter London Nail Color in Disco Biscuit, $14; butterlondon.com.\

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  7. Lavender

    NARS Nail Polish in Diamond Life, $18; sephora.com.

    China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Sweet Hook, $7; chinaglaze.com for locations.

    Dior Vernis in Forget Me Not, $23; sephora.com. (InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Aquamarine

    Deborah Lippmann in On the Beach, $16; deborahlippmann.com.

    China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Aquadelic, $7; chinaglaze.com for locations.

    L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in Now You Sea Me, $6; lorealparisusa.com.

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  9. Metallic

    Revlon Color Stay Nail Enamel in Sequin, $8; ulta.com.

    Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Golden Ticket, $5; target.com.

    Sally Hansen Diamond Finish Color in 3K Or More, $5; drugstore.com. (InStyle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
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