Brighten Up Your Cold-Weather Duds

By Chanyn Kirtman
March 4, 2016

Ah, the awkward part of the season, when it’s still too cold to sport springtime flair, but the thrill of impending warmth has us mentally breaking free from the puffer coat. So how does one still look fabulous hidden under layers of weather war gear? With fashion weeks circling around the globe (and Tokyo's own coming up soon), we’ve been taking notes on how the most photographed fashionistas are blooming with springtime style, and it’s all about the accessories. Here are some bold and fun ways to brighten up your look as you transition into your spring wardrobe.


Colorful Shades

If head-to-toe black is your winter uniform, vibrant sunnies are a quick solution for instant illumination. Cat eyes, mirrored lenses or embellished frames jazz up a look, rain or shine.

Three to try: Bonnie sunglasses with orange lenses, about ¥8,000; Fendi crystal-embellished sunglasses, about ¥55,000; Zara aviator sunglasses, ¥2,990.

bright bags

Playful Handbags

Bags with cheerful designs or radiant color are a great way to counteract those cold weather layers. From circular bags to bold chains, any of these carryalls will dazzle up the drab.

Three to try: From St. Xavier cross-body bag with turquoise tiles, about ¥7,500; Furla Candy mini cross-body bag, about ¥20,000; Versace leopard print cross-body bag, about ¥210,000.

spirited scarves

Spirited Scarves

The days of scarves are not yet over, but switch out the cashmere for a dynamic print or a singular hue in a vivid color to heat up both you and your outfit.

Three to try: Marc by Marc Jacobs lemon print scarf, about ¥11,000; H&M jacquard stole, ¥1,499; Etro wool and silk scarf, about ¥44,000.

over the top earrings

Over-the-Top Earrings

Striking earrings are the hottest accessory for spring and the perfect focal point for a basic outfit. Make a statement with bold colors, angular shapes, and oversized danglers with any of these eye-catching ear adornments.

Three to try: Tuleste pom pom drop earrings, on sale for about ¥20,000; Mango faceted crystal earrings, ¥1,990; H&M fringed yellow earrings, ¥999.


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