LIST-TOPPING TRENDS

NEW YORK — Here is a look at some of the top trends expected to power accessories sales in the first half of 1996:

Handbags: Softly structured shapes; shoulder straps; fruit and sherbet colors; wicker and straw fabrications; pearlized leathers.

Belts: Wide widths, from 2 to 4 or more inches; chain belts in sterling silver or other white metals; colors ranging from pastels to brights.

Jewelry: Sterling silver in a range of incarnations, including mixed with pearls or stones or both, oxidized for an antique look, or inscribed with sentimental words and phrases; bangles and chunky cuffs.

Sunglasses: Frames in silver, antiqued metal, and colored or black and white plastic and in wraparound, cats-eye and small, rectangular mod-type shapes.

Hair Accessories: Barrettes and mini-barrettes; chignon sticks and combs; wide fabric head wraps and large bows.

Watches: Bracelet and bangle straps in textured metals, mixed metals or metal links.

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