Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Accessories Anonymous: Simplify

In a time when more is better, bold is the new black and over-the-top knows no boundaries, it's often nice to go back to the simple things- they keep us grounded, focused, reigned in, if you will. Statement jewelry is all the rage right now- huge bib necklaces covered in glittering rhinestones and beads, chandelier earrings so long they complete with even the most open necklines, bracelets piled onto forearms, practically rendering sleeves unnecessary in the midwinter, to name a few. While all these things are well and good and even fun to wear, sometimes it can be easy to lose perspective. Jewelry (and clothing and other accessories) don't have to be over-the-top to be special. In fact, a small, but beautiful or interesting piece can be just as impactful, if not more so. I'd like to show you some examples of simple pieces that make a quieter statement, but a statement nonetheless.

A bit of whimsy, Etsy, $22

Glitz Lariat, Etsy, $20

Soft Petals, Etsy, $18

Dangling Pearl Earrings, Ten Thousand Villages, $25.50

Metal Looped Cuff, Forever 21, $3.80

Avalon Earrings, Etsy, $18

The key to any successful outfit is finding a focal point. These days, new fashion trends go over the top on a daily basis. Have you ever seen a woman walking down the street (or down a runway) and felt like she had so much going on her outfit that you didn't know where to look? I've seen beautiful statement jewelry on women and then realized that the jewelry was so overpowering that I had no recollection of the rest of the outfit, or worse yet, of the woman actually wearing the jewelry. Always keep that in mind when trends like the current ones are so in vogue. It may be fun to wear huge, over-the-top pieces whether they be shoes, jewelry, a dress, whatever. But look in the mirror with an objective eye and be certain that whatever the focal point of your outfit, it always remains clear to anyone walking by that the true focal point is YOU.

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