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I’m so enjoying these lovely warmer days we’ve been having in New York, including the slight sea change I’m seeing in spring accessories. As women shed their winter coats and boots, they’re putting a little more shine on their outfits with metallic touches found on everything from shoes and handbags to pleated skirts and puffy vests. Even the jewelry seems to be lightening up as I glimpse more silver accents dangling from ears and ringing fingers. So I’m calling this transition from winter to spring the silver season! As Karen Giberson, President of the Accessories Council, explains it, there are a couple of factors driving the trend. “New technology has given leather and other materials high-shine finishes and shoe, handbag and other designers are having fun with it. And, when apparel is less exciting, people want to freshen up their outfits with splashy accessories,” she told us in a recent phone interview. So is there a trick to dressing when your clothes and accessories are as shiny as your jewelry? Absolutely, says Karen, who told me she had just invested in a cute pair of silver shoes. “Understand the balance of what makes a great statement. When you have one attention-grabbing piece—be it a bold necklace, earrings, belt, shoes, or handbag—everything else should be more subtle.” For example, she says, “Think tiny earrings if you’re wearing bold silver bracelets, and skip the necklace. If your shoes are the show-stopper, keep your jewelry less bold, and maybe go for a more playful handbag.” And now to get your shopping juices going, here are some cool silver accessories we’ve got our eye on.—Sue Perry

 

FREDERIC DUCLOS NE477 $450. collarShown above: Frederic Duclos silver and gold collar necklace. It’s a great statement piece, and love the go-with-everything mix of metals.

 

 

 

Galmer Fine Silver. Pink Amethyst Bamboo Earrings.$575 MSRP

Shown above: Galmer Fine Silver Pink Amethyst Bamboo earrings. Also loving the return of the cluster earring. My mother used to wear something similar and it’s a nice, clean, polished look.

 

 

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Shown above:Ximena Kavalekas’s Caterina Iridescent bag. ❤️❤️❤️  this outfit-maker!!!!

 

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 3.33.31 PMShown above: Gap metallic puffer vest. It’s just the perfect thing to layer on when there’s still a chill in the air and adds a casual dash of sparkle.