Wearing jewelry now
This one’s gonna be a decadently bedazzled fall. It seems our boredom with autumn hues has delivered a fresh and colourful approach to cooler weather dressing this year: wool coats in mustard yellow, plum skinny jeans, blue suede shoes. It really is about time this season was yanked out of its sunlight deprivation syndrome.
Despite what may seem to some as an anything goes moment in fashion, there is some reason to the madness of mixed prints, contrasting colours and mish-mashed eras. Costume jewelry is one of the easiest ways to get in on some colour if you’re not actually going to buy the red corduroy leggings.
Let’s take a look a what we see what’s working out there in the world of bling.
The Cool Way: The customized cuff. Think large, jeweled, and stacked. Stick to a focal colour and play tones of it in different renditions: charms, matte stones, pearls, resin, cuffs, chunky chain. It’s all about the value of each piece’s details and group unity through a colour commitment. Wearing two or three on the same arm is best but each can be worn on their own because each is special. Together they are dramatic and cuff the arm.
The Cool Way: Clusters of different colours. The geometric trend is shaping stones and baubles into fun-filled gatherings. This is better than unity in colour- it’s an anything goes situation and we like it. The hard thinking of which colours go together is already done for you, so wear these with an outfit that picks up one of the colours in the jewel, or wear with your go-to basic pieces. This is ideal for the colour-shy a.k.a. the all-black dresser.
The Cool Way: Over-the-top cocktail cluster. The bling knock-out punch as been a mainstay year-round and we’re seeing the cluster trend seep into the digit area this season. We’re also seeing a few ‘horizontal’ rings that span more than one finger, and while they’re still kicking around, we’re all in agreement that they’re passé.
Size is key when it comes to rocking the cluster cocktail trend, and the shinier, the better. You can find a fab specimen in very cheap & cheerful pricing, so take a chance on something completely outrageous. Best bet: the H&M trio cluster (below); at less than 10 bucks it will bring in more compliments and earn you fashion cred you may not even deserve.
The Cool Way: Chunky and worn on top of a shirt or dress. This may seem counter-culture since we’ve just exited a decade and a half of shaming anyone in a necklace over a turtle neck. The difference here is that the petite and delicate pendant with your birthstone is still not ok over your turtleneck- but chunky costume jewelry is.
This season the big necklace gets the memo for the office: wear with a dress shirt and blazer. It’s a glam way to loop over a simple dress’ modest neckline and instantly makes it interesting. Note to self: this chunky necklace trend is not going away so get one and get used to it.
Images courtesy of featured retailers.