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Fall Fashion 2009 Trend Forecast: Accessories

Katarina Kovacevic is a freelance travel writer specializing in hotels and resorts. She's the author of The Food Lovers' Guide to Phoenix & Scottsdale and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about fashionable travel. Her work has appea...

Accentuate with accessories

Investing in a robust collection of accessories is the easiest and most cost-efficient way to add variation to your wardrobe. Bigger is better when it comes to the complementary pieces this season, but style experts advise to mix with more simplistic ensembles to create a put-together look.

Chain-strap purses

The styles come in everything from clutch-sized bags to larger, roomier versions. Once just a functional add-on for purses, chains are becoming a crucial part of the design with everything from large, chunky links to smaller, more intricate lace. Leather, python skin and embossed suede are popular materials for the body of purses from DKNY, Fendi and Yves Saint Laurent already on the market. Colors are trending toward the more subtle shades like grey and tan, but select collections like those from Rebecca Minkoff are still boasting brighter hues.

brightly colored chain strap purses

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