Ready To GO WILD This Summer

June 8, 2009

Let’s face it! When the sun comes out we all just want to go out and play! The summertime season simply brings the kid out in all of us. As the heat rises, so does our energy level. We want to radiate this revitalizing force to all aspects of our lives. This exuberance can even be exhibited in the outfits you choose to wear. One of several ways to materially express this jubilee within an outfit is to simply GO WILD…with exotic accessories that is! Although nature inspired accessories is a current hot trend this particular season, these pieces can actually be a timeless asset to your wardrobe when you incorporate classic designs. A touch of naturally exotic accessories in an outfit can add a subtle, sophisticated and sexy tone. There is good news all around this nature enthused trend this season because not only will you look fiercely beautiful but there will also be plenty of options to choose from in both genuine and faux materials. Here are two dominate wild accessory trends inspired by nature:


Add a hint of an animal print accessory to an outfit and you instantly project an adventurous image. People will instantly have an animalistic attraction to your outfit and you! They won’t quite be able to figure out what the specific attraction is, but we will. The subliminal message provided by these untamed accessories plays a big role in immediate attraction. So, not only are the various types of animal print designs strikingly beautiful, the added value is that this form of visual stimuli may even trigger a pheromone-like response in others. Sounds wild!

Here are some stunning accessories designed by the experts that will definitely put the heat back into your summer wardrobe:

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3.1 Phillip Lim – S09 – Style – Maria Valentino

Tuleh – S09 – Style – Greg Kessler

Dolce & Gabbana – S09 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

Prada – S09 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse, top left to bottom right

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Missoni – S09 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

Prada – S09 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

Bottega Veneta – FW08 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

Oscar de la Renta – S09 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse, top left to bottom right


Isn’t it true that as soon as we see any nature-inspired jewelry we immediately feel relaxed?! Perhaps we recall a fun exotic vacation that we took two summers ago or reminisce about the shells and rocks that we used to pick up at the beach every season as a child. Whatever the reason, the wondrous and delightful creations that nature generates leaves us feeling grounded and secure. Some experts even say that many natural stones and other natural materials are symbolic and have healing properties. It was definitely healing when Drew Barrymore wore the stunning “Boudicca” geode necklace by Erickson Beamon while sitting courtside at a recent Lakers game in L.A.! So, if you are unable to enjoy the outdoors this summer everyday or wish to prolong the essence of a vacation, then be sure to make the most of your summer months and integrate some natural wild accessories into your outfits.

Gucci’s lead designer Frida Giannini and Chanel’s own Karl Lagerfeld both displayed extraordinary geode jewels with their Spring 2009 Collections While Oscar de la Renta exquisitely accented some of his gorgeous summer frocks with coral statement necklaces :

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Gucci – S09 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

Chanel – S09 – Style – Matteo Volta, top right

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Oscar de la Renta – S09 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse, up-close

Oscar de la Renta – S09 – Style – Marcio Madeira, distance

We showed you exotic shoes, handbags and jewelry but another easy way to incorporate nature into your outfit mix is by adding the ever popular belt in these same materials. Instant heat!

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Gucci – S09 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

Tuleh – FW08 – Style – Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse, respectively

Let yourself GO WILD this summer! Bring on the heat this season with simple show stopping accessories inspired by nature. Add a hint of the outdoor world into your outfits and you will be able to tap into the feelings that nature evokes in you and others at any time. Whether the materials are genuine or faux the impact will still be hot!

What are some additional nature-inspired materials and trends that appeal to you? Or do you already have some geodes or natural materials that you can incorporate into your summer outfits?

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