There is something about what accessories do to an outfit that I love; I enjoy telling stories through jewelry and with the same token adding a touch of glam to outfits. If I could be an accessory of choice, I’d definitely be a necklace; I admire necklaces because they are usually the piece of jewelry that is seen first.
The old adage “Less is more” no longer holds true for jewelry, trend setters are now keeping outfits simple and layering with pieces of jewelry. There is something about the right piece of jewelry that catches the eye. Admit it ladies there is nothing that brings a smile to your face and an excitement to your wardrobe like a big bright ring, chunky necklace or an oversized colorful bangle. Is there such a thing as too much? Well not if you follow the rules and pile them on correctly. Remember to tone it down and keep your jewelry simple when your clothes have a lot going on. This season it is all about the big and the bold, it’s a good excuse to give life to your outfits; we’re seeing a lot more layering, bib necklaces, large pendants, rings with large stones and oversized funky bangles.
The jewelry we wear is often times more than just a pretty fashion statement, but a symbol, story, or expression of ourselves. Use your jewelry as a fun way to tell a story about you or to represent that special someone or time in your life. Most recently we have been seeing more unique pieces that express individuality and personal interests; custom pieces may include individualized tags, monogram necklaces, photo charms and birth stones. It’s yours to have fun with!
Don’t be afraid to layer. Layering your jewelry is a fun way to create a bold, edgy look and grab attention, mix different lengths, sizes and shapes for a modern festive look. It’s time to break all the old fashion rules; yes your delicate chains can be mixed with chunky beads and silver with gold. Remember it’s important to not be heavy handed, stop at a few to avoid overburdening your look; also stacking bracelets calls for a bare wrist, wear short sleeves or roll up long ones.
A beautiful cuff is stylishly fashionable on its own, but building upon that by adding links, bangles, and small beads can bring your look to life. Feel free to mix high-contrast styles like similar size earth tone beads, fabric bangles, mother of pearl bangles and rhinestones for a boho feel. You can also get away with mixing your metals, using clean, structural shapes for a chic look but first consider the vibe that you are going for.
Add some glam factor with accessories such as rings; you may choose a large statement piece or stack individual rings for a funky edge. I personally love the way pop star Rihanna stacks her rings, funky but chic. Putting a ring on it will draw people’s attention to your fingers which means your nails should be properly groomed or else you have sabotaged your entire look.
Earrings like necklaces should be well considered as they are in direct line of vision of anyone you talk to. The classic stud earrings aren’t going anywhere; they are still trendy and have been over the years. In the event that you are feeling a bit bold consider the following styles: Multiple ear piercings are no longer unusual but have become common on the runways and red carpets. The Hoops are classic earrings that can be customized; remember those Obama hoop earrings worn by Beyonce? Ear lace earrings and ear cuffs are a recurring trend; you can create the perfect balance between a girly and edgy look by simply selecting the right ear cuffs.
Hair accessories can also complete your look; hair bands, hair jewelry, the perfect fedora or floppy hat are all trendy options. The possibilities are endless; if you are trying to create a deliciously eye-popping look incorporate your accessories! Remember to dress to accentuate your personality, features, body size, shape and height. A fashion secret that numerous people aren’t aware of is that you are allowed to have your own style while it is ok to integrate fashion trends into your style. It’s much more boring to have trends dictated to you by the fashion police.
Author: Ilka H
Originally written for and published by The COCO Magazine