May isn’t just the transitional period from spring to summer, where you can wear tanks but not without a cardigan, but also the transitional period where stores, boutiques, and shops need to fill their shelves with what’s next for Fall without leaving what’s still hot for Spring behind. That’s where the May fashion trade shows, Intermezzo, Moda, and Designer and Agents come into play. This year’s booths displayed the latest looks that are perfect in-betweens from Spring to Fall.

My insider tip? The quick way to spruce up any wardrobe is to add a statement accessory for a new take on an old look. If you’re a retailer looking for an easy way to give your store and window displays a make-over simply add or rearrange your accessories for a fresh and inspired new look.

A standout brand was PANDA, an eco-friendly line of sunglasses hand-crafted from sustainable bamboo. What’s even more impressive than its array of colors black, brown, and natural, and silhouettes ranging from Monroe, Robinson, Aviator, Martin, and Kennedy, with Nelson being my favorite, is that for each pair sold, PANDA donates an eye exam and a prescription pair of sunglasses to someone in need. I can’t think of a better reason to shop.

After purchasing your shades, stock your shelves with brilliant bracelets from Deborah Gaspar. Each piece contains natural materials ranging from mother of pearl, precious stones, and metals. The bracelet range in size from wide, medium, to thin and comes in array of colors from natural tones to brights. Continuing on the eco-friendly plight, Super Earth Goods, also known as SUE.GD, aims to increase social awareness of environmental issues by creating hand-crafted, sustainable, and recyclable fashion apparel and accessories.

To polish off your look add a scarf. Epice offers soft, colorful, and whimsical scarves that is perfect to pair with a comfy tank and your favorite piar of jeans, or wrap on the strap of your go-to  handbag for added flare. They range in ethnic prints, stripes, and just in time for warmer weather, deep greens, golds, oranges, browns, purples, and blues, with pops of color throughout.

Don’t forget that this year, from season-to-season, is all about color and texture, so dare to be bold and take risks with your selections: your wardrobe will thank you. Additional trends at the shows and a hint at what’s going to be hot for fall included:

Leather • Jeweling • Gold • Reflective • Oversized
Equestrian • Covered Up • Mannish . Coat • Color • Prints
Mixed Media • Night for Day • Knits • Bags
Footwear: Bootie • Evening Shoe • Military

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