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July 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Edgy extras: Pieces with attitude can freshen your accessories


By Sara Kennedy / Sunday Market

There will always be classics — a strand of pearls, a structured tote — but accessories are not immune to the seasonal shifts that change our wardrobes year after year.

Summer’s statement pieces have become more streamlined, mixing edgy shapes and natural finishes. The results are sophisticated and eye-catching, with a hint of rock-and-roll attitude.

Here are a few pieces that look modern now and will stay current at least into fall.


Put your hoops and chandeliers aside and try earring cuffs and jackets for a tough but feminine look. Seattle company Baleen’s Cuff Stud Earrings ($28) are part of Nordstrom’s Poketo Pop-In Shop, which runs through Aug. 3. The ball studs on the brass and gold earrings contrast with a flat loop that wraps the ear.

Go even trendier with an ear jacket in mixed metals, such as the Dannijo Dottie Ear Jackets ($118 at They feature a brass stud and silver points that stick out under the earlobe.


Seattleite Meghann Sommer’s &c. Jewelry line includes one-of-a-kind necklaces that mix leather, metals and stones to create layers of interest. The Compass Necklace ($94 at features agate, moonstone and brass in striking circle and square shapes.

Fringe is hot in fashion right now, and you can also work the trend into your accessories. Berry’s Deergrass Fringe Necklace ($68 at Anthropologie) is modern boho with delicate strands that combine to create impact and movement.


Alexis Bittar’s Crystal Dust Bangle ($144) practically begs to be stacked with a bunch of other bracelets for an uptown look. It’s part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and will rise in price to $215 on Aug. 4.

Or stack more subtly with Roost’s Square Brass Bangles ($40.50 for three at Annie’s Art & Frame, Ballard). The three bracelets are each slightly different, with a warm burnished patina to accent their on-trend square shape.


Skinny, stackable rings have been en vogue all summer. Add a new twist with a chain element, like in K/LLER’s Triple Cobra Chain Ring ($148 at It has a subtle texture and comes in brass, rose gold or sterling silver (for $240).

You can also find new twists on the open-ring trend, such as Baublebar’s Crystal Electron Ring ($28 at It features four points meeting in an open cluster of crystals.


Seneca Eyewear, which launched in June, sells sunglasses in clean, simple shapes priced from $100–$120, which includes prescription lenses. The Plato with Carl Zeiss Vision Lens ($120 at in Looking Glass is a cool take on clear frames. But go ahead and try a bunch — the company’s Home Try-On program lets you pick five frames to sample at no charge.

Looking for more impact? QUAY Eyewear Australia’s Fleur Sunglasses ($45 at Clementine, West Seattle) hit a slew of major eyewear trends — gold color, round lenses, a retro shape and geometric cutouts — while managing to stay elegant.


Lace-up sandals are a hot look, and Zara’s High Heel Lace-Up Sandals ($60 at Zara, Westlake) are smoking, with a 4-inch heel and shiny navy-blue finish.

Add a little geometry to the sporty sandal look with the the Gee WaWa Dany Thong Sandal (on sale for $50 at A 1-inch wedge provides a little lift and lots of support to these versatile thongs.


H&M’s Patterned Scarf ($10) takes the style of the ubiquitous skull scarf and makes it a little more subtle with a moon print. It’s available in light gray or a lovely burgundy.

Equestrian chic goes downtown in the Cavalleria Belt ($88 at A metal loop and subtle braiding add just enough interest to make this skinny belt stand out.

With a bold geometric handbag, you may not need any other accessories at all. Alice Noon’s Hex Clutch ($165 at Les Amis, Fremont) is a locally designed flat hexagon that comes in an array of neutral finishes, including chic matte black and a tarnished silver.

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