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Spring Statements: Accessories Go Bold

New York – The Neiman Marcus accessories preview on Wednesday, Dec. 3 provided an inside look at the biggest trends for next spring to keep in mind when you want to add a little zing to your wardrobe. For spring, it's all about statement accessories: Bold colors, chunky jewelry or exotic skins, which is good news for dressing up the basics or reinvigorating your existing wardrobe. Here, the top looks Neiman Marcus loves for spring.

THINK PINK "We started with think pink, after the famous scene in 'Funny Face,'" said Sandra Wilson, Neiman Marcus' accessories director. Whether you opt for hot pink or a more demure ballet pink, the message is clear: Light, fun, easy, girly. "This year we're mixing a lot of pink and orange, as an ode to Yves Saint Laurent," she said. "He always liked mixing them." The bright pop of color like Coral updated classics like Chanel purses. If all-out pink is too much for you, a python Prada bag featured a slight pink glaze, while other handbags toned down the pink with the use of ombre.

BARELY THERE In keeping with spring's minimalist mood, nude, beige or pale pink accessories don't scream bling - they just add a whisper to your wardrobe. Instead, exotic skins like crocodile for a Christian Dior gladiator sandal add the visual interest, or all-over paillettes on a handbag.

WATER WORLD Got a serious case of the blues? Your accessories will be right there with you, but in a good way. Watery blues, sea greens and aqua bring the ocean within grasp. We especially like the rich cobalt blue suede sandals by Loeffler Randall and the jewel-encrusted aqua python clutch by Prada.

PYTHON If there's one stand-out trend for spring, it's python-anything. Valentino, Gucci, Prada and Jimmy Choo all designed fabulous handbags and shoes with the snakeskin charm, but Prada's nylon python handbags win the prize for the best faux version. With a subtle print of pink color, the medium-sized version of the bag is a Prada steal at $995. Gladiator, strappy or woven sandals look especially convincing in python.

BE BOLD Whether it's a pair of huge chandelier earrings, a motorcycle chain from Vera Wang, a bright blue metallic tote from Chanel or a statement shoe like sequined platforms or tortoise-worked heels from Gucci, it's better to be bold for spring. Don't worry about looking to bling-bling - just stick to one dynamic piece and you'll be safe from overkill.