ACCESSORIES REPORT: America The Beautiful

Independence day demands flag print leggings and stars and stripes headwraps. While showing your American spirit can be just for amusement, it can also make a fashion statement. This Fashionista’s ensemble displayed the classic red, white and blue palette in a simple way. Her blue and white ruffled bikini just barely peeked out of her adorable red and white striped sundress. She incorporated the theme into her nails, with blue glitter and red accent nails, tipped with white. Playing with wild colors in your manicure is a fun summer trend. Pinterest is full of pins with great ideas for chevron, polka-dot and even lace nails patterns.

Providing a neutral setting for her bold pedicure were this Fashionista’s taupe Birkenstock sandals. Birkenstocks have been prevalent on the University of Minnesota campus for years, but they are now seeing a comeback in the world of high fashion. Multiple spring collections featured sandals mimicking the Birkenstock style, marrying style with extreme comfort. This Fashionista, who was headed to a lakeside barbecue, explained how the joint style and comfort of Birkenstocks makes them so versatile.

In terms of accessories, cat-eye sunglasses are an absolute hit this season. They were featured in many spring 2013 eyewear lines, and are flattering on a range of face shapes. The retro-inspired specs instantly add a touch of glamour to any spring or summer look. And, not the mention, these tortoise frames are particularly timeless. To live your own movie star fantasy, get a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and hit the red carpet (or, you know, the sidewalk to class).

Spotted: Birkenstock-esque sandals on the catwalk at Céline’s spring 2013 show.

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