If you’ve amassed a bunch of casual jewellery (we’re talking everyday chains, novelty rings etc as opposed to the expensive gohona) over the years that isn’t getting much use, you’re not the only one. Those cute bracelets and chains that caught your fancy when you bought them might be cluttering up your accessories box without getting much wear? Say no more. Here’s how to layer and experiment and make the most out of your bling.
What’s your sign?
Past a certain age, and when you’re starting to build your brand, it’s ideal to have at least one piece of jewellery you almost always have on, which becomes a signature. It could be a single pendant you wear every day, or an heirloom ring you never take off (wedding rings don’t count). Something unobtrusive and versatile, which you can wear to work, or layer with your fancy occasion bling. Simple, discreet jewellery can be a starting point for layering.
Over and under
Don’t just restrict yourself to wearing a necklace on bare skin to offset a dress neckline. Sometimes you can layer on thin chains and pendants under a button down for a peek-a-boo sparkle effect. Ditto for layered bracelets that pop up under a cuff. Similarly, sometimes you can wear your bling over your clothes for more chic. Button your shirt all the way up, and then sling on a statement necklace on top, tucking the chains under your collar, for a chic update to a basic outfit. Missing an earring? Pin the one you have to the lapel of your jacket and wear as a brooch. Play around with what you’ve got, make some experiments, and you’ll find your groove.
When the sun goes down, the stars come out
While daytime is about being discreet, the evening hours call for more sparkle. This is where you can shamelessly pack on the bling. Add some substance to your layered chains by adding a choker. Start a party on your arms with a mix of bangles and bracelets, watches and friendship bands. No one does it like our very own Bibi Russell. More is more this season, so don’t be afraid to load up, but put some thought into it. Don’t just wear jewellery to wear jewellery; think about where you want to go with your whole ensemble, and then build your look. Be creative. Be fearless. The rest is just detail.