By Raquel Parks

Summer is a vibrant time of the year for fashion in Detroit. It’s the perfect time to pull out all those colorful and light pieces that were tucked away during the long winter. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with fresh looks throughout the summer. However, a few major items can make it easy for a fashionista to stay up to date and fashionable throughout the bright season.

Here are 5 items that are sure to make it easy to create a look for this summer:

1) Summer Scarf

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A summer scarf can work as a belt accent, a head band, and of course it can be worn around the neck or shoulders with a tank and jeans. Summer scarves are ideal accessories because they are colorful, stylish, versatile, and functional. Scarves also come in handy for chilly nights or even air conditioning.  A summer scarf or two can be found at Anthropologie in Birmingham, along with many other summer accessories.

2) Eyewear

A pair of cool shades is essential for the summer. It’s a fun accessory and adds a bit of attitude to any look. A fashionable pair of shades will ensure a fashionista enjoys all the sunshine the summer has to offer in style. Shades Optical in Birmingham is a one-stop shop for trendy shades for the summer.

3) Handbag

A summer handbag is not only a fun splurge but it can help inspire new summer looks. A tote is a perfect go-to-handbag for the summer because it is spacious enough to store a female’s everyday necessities yet can also double as a chic beach bag for a day at the beach. The Kate Spade store in Somerset mall has plenty of new handbags to splash around with on the beach or carry on a typical sunny day.

4) Neutral Wedge

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Neutral wedges go with just about anything which takes the guess-work out of always looking for the right summer shoe. Wedges can be slipped on with bold bright colors or pastels. Wedges also complement floral and other unique summer patterns. A neutral wedge can definitely take a fashionista  far with her wardrobe for the season. Sole Sisters in Royal Oak offers several unique, stylish wedges and sandals for the summer.

5) Colorful Statement Jewelry

It is impossible to put together a summer look without the right jewelry to accessorize with. Summer jewelry is ideal for completing those light weight and care free, stylish looks for summer. They can add just the right dash of color or doll up a simple ensemble, instantly. Saffron in Royal Oak has a big selection of distinctive, beautiful jewelry to accompany any summer outfit.

Shopping for these summer staples will make it effortless to create looks for everyday of the season. Don’t be afraid to shop and pair some of these new items with some old favorite summer items. Remember, each season it is important to pick up a few new items to create fresh, diverse and stylish new looks.

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Raquel is a Michigan native with a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Michigan. She loves fashion and writing about life’s everyday stories. She has written for various local publications that include Dearborn Press & Guide and Detroit Fashion Pages. Raquel also writes for her own local events blog, Metro Diva Pages. You can visit Raquel’s blog at and follow her on Twitter @MetroDivaPages.