Bring on the Beading!

By Kate Martel

In order to get ready for the latest in fashion, it’s time to step off the beach and into the beads. The ornate beadwork that is so reminiscent of the ‘20s and ‘30s is back to prove just how glamorous and inspirational this showy style can be. Designers such as Alice + Olivia and Tory Burch have added boldly-beaded items to their collections, sprucing up classic pieces like the shift dress and tunic with this seasons most dazzling detail.

Whether it’s bold wood, artful antique or shiny stones that are being sewn on—beading is taking attire to a dressier level. Below are a few fun pieces to purchase now that will jump-start your wardrobe for the beading frenzy of the fall!

A Beaded Tank
Adding a beaded tank to your collection is the perfect way to get the most for your money and stay on trend. Wear it now with a chic skirt or pair of jeans, or later layered under a blazer or sweater. We love the Joe’s Lounge Camisole by Great Plains (see left) because it’s flirty enough for summer but will look sophisticated under a jacket for the fall.

A Detailed Accessory
Show your love for this style by adding one accessory to your collection that will keep you effortlessly fashionable. An intricately detailed sandal, belt or bag is a quick fix to a Plain Jane wardrobe. Pick up a bold beaded bag like the Beaded Soft Clutch by Jessica McClintock that will jazz up jeans and a tank, but can easily be paired with your favorite black dress for evening.

A Dazzling Dress
Casual or dressy, day or night, beads are a playful touch that will make dresses pop this season. Polished wood paired with a playful pattern makes for the perfect daytime option, like this Beaded Halter Dress from If you’re looking for something to shine in at night, look for a dress with glass beads or gems that will add a little more sparkle (see splurge on left).

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