Just as you have classic pieces of clothing that you wear again and again without getting bored, the same can be said about your accessories. There are a few staples worth securing before moving on to the fun stuff. I would start with a pair of studs- be they real diamonds or cubic zirconia, pearls or simple silver or gold pins, such a pair will help you every morning when you can’t decide what to wear and can’t be bothered with anything too flashy. Next I would add a simple necklace to the list, a couple of elegant brooches that can be worn in many different ways (as I showed you here), a classic watch (like the one here) and a few minimalist rings that can be mixed and matched without making your look seem too cluttered.
2. The whimsical
After you’ve secured the classics, it’s time to add some spice and excitement to your jewelry wardrobe. Whimsical baubles are key for that “wow” reaction you want to sometimes elicit. Now’s the time to throw caution to the wind and indulge in a pair of chandelier earrings or an earcuff, big bold hair accessories (maybe even a fascinator clip) and some spectacular cocktail rings. These will be the perfect addition to your evening gowns, cocktail dresses and wedding guest outfits. Depending on where you want to draw attention, you can choose a few areas to highlight with bold accessories (but definitely not all of them at once!) Choose a beaded headband and a pair of teardrop earrings, or a bejewelled belt and a stack of shimmery bracelets, or maybe a pair of peacock feather earrings and an opulent onyx cocktail ring.
3. The statement
Each and every one of us could do with a piece of jewelry that makes her feel like a boss, an amazon, Wonder Woman ready to take over the world. And plenty of us incorporate these pieces into our outfits already, as a beautiful and shiny armour for whenever we need to impress (especially ourselves). Maybe you like to wear a masculine inspired watch that makes your wrist look delicate and strong at the same time. Or perhaps you choose a pair of wide cuff bracelets to draw attention to that same area (I didn’t mention Wonder Woman for nothing), or a bold but tasteful necklace to layer on top of a crisp cut shirt topped by a tailored jacket. All these items have one thing in common- they exude confidence, power, refinement and calm. They complete the image of a woman in control, who can silence a whole room with her mere presence. And while we maybe don’t feel like that every day, it definitely helps to have a few trusty allies in our jewelry boxes for when we want to.
4. The sentimental
I believe we all have certain pieces of jewelry that hold immense sentimental value to us. Maybe it’s the wedding ring that you never take off, the braided bracelet you bought from a street market in Argentina or the pair of diamond earrings you received as a graduation gift from your parents. They all speak of a certain moment or period in your life that defined you, that left deep marks in your heart and beautiful memories in your mind. Perhaps you smile everytime you take that old pair of earrings from your grandma out of their box or your eyes gleam when you add a new birthday charm to your favorite bracelet. Either way, these are the pieces that you will keep for a lifetime and maybe even leave as heritage, because their meaning is too profound to part with them.
5. The crazy trend