It’s a cliché, but accessories really do help to dress an outfit up or down. Admittedly I’m not that savvy with accessories. I remember a girl I went to college with had impeccable taste in accessorising – for our grade 12 formal she wore a super simple black dress, paired with the most amazing, shoulder sweeping chandelier earrings. All you could look at were these epaulette-like, gem encrusted ear bling flashing against her.
I permanently wear most of my jewellery because it’s easier to keep track of, only changing my earrings and/or adding a necklace for a special occasion. Also, there’s a lot of gold going on in the photos. Gold suits my skin tone the best.
Gold Sleepers – sleepers are practical. I can sleep in them (duh!), and they don’t catch on towel fibres after a shower or as I pull clothes on or off.
Gold Bracelets – I’ve always worn lots of bracelets, and when I was younger I would stack as many as I could on my arm. The few I now wear is a tribute to my younger self, and came from the family safe.
Watch – a Christmas present from my now husband. It’s an Eco-Drive, which means the face of the watch is a solar panel and I’ll never have to change the battery again (he’s a practical man, which I appreciate).
Engagement-wedding rings – The wedding band was a custom job because I wanted to reflect the subtle twisted design of the engagement ring (which was a standard store purchase, entirely chosen by the husband).
Since my winter capsule is all about comfort and warmth than style, I have been suffering a bit from the basic dressing routine. When all you’re choosing is what colour jumper to wear with your jeans, it’s easy to feel a bit flat about your appearance.
Considering one is covered up most of the time, now is just as great a time to experiment with your accessories, like statement earrings and necklaces, and scarves. I guess you could also get a drastic haircut to really shake things up (I did that once, went from back length hair to pixie cut in the middle of winter. My neck and ears did not forgive me for that move).
As with my wardrobe, I did a major cull of my jewellery, getting rid of a lot of cheap, juvenile stuff I’d kept hold of that never really suited me but which I impulse bought because who doesn’t appreciate a cheap pair of earrings that make your lobes itch and burn within an hour of wearing!
I’ve been gifted some truly lovely, refined statement pieces in their own right, and invested in one or two other items that seem to be complimentary across the board. It’s these pieces that I should wear and experiment more with, particularly in the winter time, to pizzazz up my appearance since my daily uniform is so basic.
Additional jewellery to make more use of
Arrowstack necklace – I purchased this one because I really liked the simplicity of the design (which means I can wear it casually or formally), but the sheer size of the pendant also makes it a statement necklace as well. All boxes ticked.
Diamond stud earrings – these ones were sitting unworn like the bracelets, before I dug them up out of obscurity. I think everyone needs one pair of truly lovely diamond studs. They add a nice amount of sparkle for day or night without being too ostentatious.
Gold button studs – these were gifted to me by a family friend when I got married, being old ones of hers that she thought would suit me. I really love the fact they’re just plain gold and yet due to their size, they make a subtle statement as well. And she was right, they suit me well 🙂
Gold Bar necklace – this was gifted to me when I left my last workplace and is my first piece of trendy ‘minimal’ jewellery. It’s a great piece to wear during the warmer months and I did so daily. I haven’t bothered to wear it in winter since it’s so delicate in nature and largely hidden by my high necked jumpers.
Two tone drop earrings – this was also gifted to me by the now husband, on the occasion of our 18 months of dating. They’re a brilliant balance of prettiness (drop design) and functionality (they’ve got spring loaded clasps so they don’t fall out once in, and won’t catch on clothing thanks to their smooth design).
What are your go-to accessories? Any items of jewellery that you wouldn’t be caught without?