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13 Accessories Trends for Spring & Summer: Women Over 50

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

It's time to update your look with one or two cute, trendy accessories, because little things are the cheapest, easiest way to make yourself look good and feel happy. Let's get your style ready for spring.

I’ve read a bunch o’ magazines and traveled the far reaches of the internet to find trends that you, a Baby Boomer chick, can wear without looking like you mugged some teenybopper on her way to Walmart to get her plastic jewelry. So, check out these cute jewelry trends.

Great Accessories for Women Over 40, 50, 60

costume jewelry for summerWhile considering what makes any list and what gets axed, I always think back to a random, older, wrinkle-faced woman at LAX airport in 1965.  She had on a shiny, Mod outfit with Go Go boots.  Now, there are probably ways she could have pulled off that trendy look, but on this particular day, the right way was elusive.

As the Brits would say, this lady was, “mutton dressed as lamb.”  She was wearing something you would have seen on some young chick on Sunset… no… she was overkilling it way more than any clueless teenager... heavy tan, wrinkly white lips, drooping Twiggy eyes, painted-on brows, white plastic shift... hanging on her emaciated, smoke-filled body... white Go Go boots, white stockings, pink-and-gold hoop earrings, pink-and-white geometric plastic purse, sprayed bubble-flip hair, pink-and-white British Mod cap… what was she thinking?

This old babe would have been a beautiful woman if she had worn one or two trendy pieces… and some of her trends should have been of better quality.  Well, I’m telling you about this chick so you won’t forget who you are, and so you’ll wear your trendy finds with dignity.

Good Trends I Like

You may, of course, disagree with what I like.  I’m a tiny bit biased towards what would look good on me.  Hey, everyone is like that.  black and white accessories for spring 2013

So, take my suggestions and do with them what you will.

1. Black and White / Monochrome: This geometric, Mod-redux style is shown everywhere on the internet.  Personally, I’m more hippie than Mod, so I’m not into this trend at all, but I know quite a few chickadees who will wear this black-and-white look with style and class.  If you are a tailored type who wears structured, classic clothes, a monochromatic purse will kick your style up a notch… into this century.  So, don't let my style keep you from finding your style.  Give this a try.chain jewelry accessories links spring 2013

2. Link Jewelry and Chains on Everything:  I’ve seen chains on jackets, tops, purses, shoes, and other things I can’t remember.  If you’re into classic, traditional outfits, I think you might like something simple like this leather & chain cuff.  If you’re more boho-hippie like me, look for jewelry that's trippy, like dangling chain earrings, but don’t overdo it.

pastel accessories jewelry spring 20133. Pastel Accessories: Pastels can be cute, and are often flattering next to your face, but don’t go too “precious” on us by overwearing these tints.  You might end up looking like an Easter egg.  Try to balance pastels with clothing that's a bit edgier or darker in color.

4. See-Through Bags and Shoes: I hesitate to add this trend because it can go so wrong, but I like some of the clear, plastic accessories.  see through purses shoes jewelry spring 2013I don’t think you can go wrong with the Lucite-heeled footwear and the Lucite jewelry (so very disco), but I’ve never quite understood why you would want to show everyone what’s in your clear, plastic purse.

Hey, I guess we’re too old for tampons, so knock yourself out with those see-through handbags.  Personally, I’ll skip the clear purses, but I’ll check wide heels low shoesout the clear, plastic beach totes.

5. Chunky Stacked Heels:  Yes, this trend was made for Baby Boomer chicks.  Really.  Those spindly, stilettos are good for no one except pole dancers and hungry orthopedists.  And, the new, reasonable footwear trend blends with the trend towards low-heeled shoes and flats.  Hey, you can have stable heels without looking all granny.  However, I'm not going to be wearing flats unless I'm planning to do the stairs in the Paris Metro.

6. The Color Gold and Other Metals: gold jewelry and accessories for spring 2013 trends trendyPersonally, I think metallic accessories are never out of style.  Gold is trendier, but silver is also good.  And, don’t be afraid to mix and match metals… just use your good taste and play with different, imaginative combinations.  If you're really unsure about any combination of items, one good thing I've read is that you should take a photo and check out what you "really" look like.  You might want a glass of Chardonnay beforehand... (Article continues on page two.)

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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