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Thursday, June 2, 2011

6 Summer Accessories Under $70

I've long been a fan of the British high street because of their affordable and savvy take on runway trends. Take, for example the recent proliferation of fruit prints (undoubtedly inspired by Stella McCartney, Prada, and Moschino) on everything from dresses and scarves to necklaces and shorts at stores such as Dorothy Perkins, Primark, and New Look. Or even the easy-to-wear color blocking trend popularized by the likes of Gucci and Jil Sander, or the perfect-for-summer blooming botanicals of Erdem and D&G. While American stores are still focusing on the tribal, surfer, 1970s, and nautical trends, the British high street is light years ahead on the trend cycle. Below are some of my favorite on-trend accessory picks for summer 2011, all of which are from British stores with the exception of the orange slice necklace. The good news for my American readers who are not familiar with the British high street is that all of these stores mentioned below deliver to the U.S. (No need to travel across the pond!)

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images from their respective websites

1. Lemon print scarf, dorothyperkins.com, £12
2. Patent twist lock saddle bag, asos.com, $36.93
3. Orange slice necklace, girlprops.com, $7.99
4. Floral printed square handle bag, accessorize-usa.com, $55
5. Yellow/blue raffia wedges, dorothyperkins.com, £42
6. Floral wedge sandals, newlook.com, £24.99