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While clear accessories haven’t always had the best reputation in the past (unflattering plastic ponchos and lucite heels are most prominently coming to mind), the new wave of clear jewelry and accessories is anything but cheap or tacky. Clear, which has been popping up in watches, necklaces, sunglasses, shoes, and more, is great because it’s versatile — it’s not too fancy, but not too casual either, and the way it reflects the sun and sparkles without looking like full-on bling is pretty without overdoing it. More modern than white accessories yet a little more toned-down than bold brights, clear is a hot way to cool down as fall arrives! 

Beat the late-summer rays with a pair of clear-framed glasses from Hobo International, or swap your jeweled bib necklaces for more understated clear beads. Also, while jelly sandals may have been stylish for summer, go for a similar look that’s more fall-friendly with these see-through ballerina flats from Michael Kors! Clockwise from top left: Hobo International Wendy Shufitz Clear Frame Sunglasses, Old Navy Clear Beaded Statement Necklace, KORS Michael Kors Opal Ballerina Flat, and AK Anne Klein Crystal Index Resin Watch.

- Alex Gambardella from thefind.com
Sparkling Stage Crushed Stone Bib NecklaceAvailable in a feast of dramatic colors, this mesmerizing necklace is an eye-catching statement piece perfect for the upcoming fall season. Starting with a thick swatch of raw, gleaming silk, it finishes with a flourish of crushed stones and icy crystals, each nestled into its own metal plate. The various shapes play well with each other, creating a design that finishes any look to perfection.

$158 at nordstrom.com
Topshop Ornate Flower ClampSlightly reminiscent of an abalone shell, this mesmerizing flower clamp is a definite contender for favorite arm candy of the year. It’s lightly decorated with gleaming stones and awash in a hypnotic blend of sultry pinks. With such a fun, tropical vibe, this pretty piece is the perfect choice for accenting both casual and dressy summer looks.

$40 at topshop.com
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Bold and simple, this season’s bar rings bring an unexpected edge to your otherwise-ordinary finger adornment. While most trend toward sleek and refined, a handful of designs clearly take their inspiration from old fashioned brass knuckles, bringing a hard edge of streetwise punk to the look. 

On the daintier end, Elizabeth and James (far left) offers thin, sparkling designs that cover two fingers in simple narrow bars. Most styles are oriented horizontally, but a few run vertically, creating a sharp metallic “spike” that rests right on your finger. 

Designer Jules Smith offers an array of “Knuckle Rings” (right) that are likewise thin in profile, but designed to stack for maximum impact. Some are plain while others incorporate a bit of texture or a set of sparkling stones. Make your own combination for a signature look. 

Meanwhile Erica Anenberg’s “Twosome” rings (middle)bring a tougher edge to the look, with substantial metal bars and rows of stones. Some of her designs even feature short messages or words that stretch across the setting, tempering these powerful pieces with a little bit of play. Fresh, tough, and exciting, bar rings are the new way to dress up your fingers with panache and polish! 

 - Annie Wilson of thefind.com
Kendra Scott Kavita EarringsDramatic earrings like these are never out of place with a sexy LBD or even a simpler weekend outfit, but they also add distinct edginess to any look thanks to their lavishly draped chains. The black onyx backdrop is the perfect setting for all that gilded goodness, allowing it to stand out for miles. Perfect to wear through fall!

$85 at charmandchain.com

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