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Simple braided bracelets give your outfit a summer boost

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During these long summer days it's easy to slip into rest-and-relaxation mode with everything -- including our wardrobes.

We are well past the embracing the emerging trends from the spring/summer collections and not quite willing to think about what's to come in a few weeks.

Boutiques are clearing out to make way for fall's hottest trends and not too much new summer fashion is hitting the racks. Which leaves the fashionista to wonder -- how will a style maven sass things up?

Well, accessories of course.

There is no better way to add a little pizzazz to your mid-summer fashion repertoire than with a fabulous pair of shoes, a colour-popping tote or playful bauble.

One of my top summer 2013 picks is the braided fabric bracelets by Winnipeg-based Sugar Blossom Designs.

Inspired by art, nature, culture and pretty much everything that one touches throughout life's journey, the creative influence behind the braided bracelets boils down to the basics.

"My inspiration often presents itself in the simplest forms: colours of a sunset, a bouquet of peonies, a greeting card, wallpaper, shopping for fruit at the St. Norbert Farmers Market, I could go on and on," says designer Kelli Miller Beauchemin.

Whimsical and fun, these bracelets look great worn as singles, especially the ones that incorporate brass chain link, or stacked for a chunky look.

What I love about these bracelets is that they are so simple, yet so stylish. They are neither fussy or chic, pretentious or plain. They are summertime fun in the form of a fashionable accessory and that makes them easy to wear with just about anything.

"There is something to say about personal style and being unique. No matter how you slice it, everyone is unique in their own way, and I feel that my bracelets offer everyone a chance to create their own personalized arm candy," explains Miller Beauchemin. "I am guilty as the next person of wearing a lot of black from day to day, but I feel that when I wear an a wrist full of Sugar Blossom bracelets it really brightens up even the plainest of outfits and makes it pop."

Aside from the mixing and matching of hues, one of my personal favourite touches is the little peace sign charm that adorns the clasp. To me they are a simple reminder that we all need to embrace a little positivity and fun this summer.

After all, fall is just a blink of an eye away.

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 20, 2013 D13

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