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Find your inner cool in the shade of great summer fashion

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 11:41 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:57 p.m. CDT
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Dana Wellings of Enzee Boutique in Elmhurst loves the bright rainbow of colors and patterns available in Hobo Clutch bags and other accessories this season.

Lazy days at the beach, outdoor concerts and street festivals, dining alfresco, or a simple gathering of friends and family on the path –whatever summer has in store for you, dressing the part makes everything more fun.  Playful summer accessories are just the ticket to kick up your look this season.

“Trends for 2013 include brightly colored statement necklaces which can be worn with a simple tank and maxi skirt, or dressed up for evening, said Dana Wellings, manager at Enzee Boutique in Elmhurst . “Stack and wrap bracelets are very popular including leather wrap-around watches from La Mer Collections. “

The hottest bags include follow the season’s colorful trend with cross body styles with fringe and tassel details or bright color blocking, she said.

Nothing says “summer” like a big floppy hat., and hat trends include larger sun hats from San Diego Hat Company that are easily packable and come with built in SPF.  Additionally, pop culture gets its say in boutiques like Enzee, as movies like the Great Gatsby have style-savvy shoppers looking to mimic the that fashionable era.

“With the popularity of the Gatsby movie, we’re showing a lot of bedazzled headbands and hair ties (that double as bracelets) including hand-beaded styles by Deepa Gurnani,” Wellings said. Of course, you’ll want to protect your eyes from those golden summer rays, as well, and there’s no reason why you can’t do it in style. 

Michael Caputo, Director of Marketing for Spex eyewear stores, shares what’s hot in sun wear fashion. ”This summer season is all about the bold – exaggerated ‘cat eye,’ rich, vibrant color, and flash mirror lenses in hot colors,” Caputo said.

Spex carries a variety of fashion lines; Tom Ford, Ray-Ban, and David Yurman are but a few of the trend collections that are equally stylish while offering complete UV protection, he added.

When looking for sassy shades, shoppers should consider a polarized lens to reduce eyestrain, particularly during mid-day hours during the summer months when UV radiation is most prevalent, Caputo said. 

So, grab a fabulous hat and your coolest shades and make the most of the season. You’ll keep your cool while looking hot!

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