I’m a jewelry-hound. Happy to admit it. Much of my jewelry is picked up from thrift and antique stores for dirt cheap, some of it is self-made, and lots of pieces have been purchased over the years from artisans and craftspeople. But even the cheapie pieces from Target make me happy because I’ve learned that, for me, jewelry is what makes my outfits feel complete. And I love having lots of options on-hand.
I’ve also learned that there are certain styles of jewelry that appeal to my eye but don’t work for my lifestyle. Like many women who work at a computer, bangle bracelets just irritate me. Shoulder-duster earrings are such fun to look at, but even with my short ‘do I feel self-conscious and perpetually at risk of catching them on something and injuring my tender lobes. Choker necklaces make me feel … well … like I’m choking. But there are also some real workhorses in my jewelry box.
I adore bracelets, especially since I prefer 3/4 or cuffed sleeves and feel a bit naked without some kind of wrist candy. But as I mentioned above, bangles are a bother and although I love wraps and a few link/clasp styles, stretch bracelets are my absolute favorites. I adore stretch sets like the silver ones shown above, but also keep my eyes peeled for semi-precious and pearl versions. Stretch bracelets sound like accessories for playtime, but there are lots of sophisticated iterations for us grown-up gals.
With short hair, I find that my tendency to wear chunky, eye-catching necklaces means that large, dangly earrings often look like overkill. It’s too much big jewelry in one area for my taste. So I’ve been collecting various types of stud earrings, which help complete my looks without competing with other jewelry. Bigger studs like these pyramids are fun, but I also love dichroic glass and Moissanite/CZ studs.
Bold, bright, colorful necklaces always attract my eye, but it’s my simple chains that get the most wear. Long, short, chunky, and delicate they play nicely with just about everything in my wardrobe.
Every time I get a Sundance catalog, I drool over the duotone Tokyobay watches. I love the idea of a pink watch face on a red watch band. But I know for a fact that I would wear such a watch approximately never. After years of living watch-free, I’m just recently beginning to wear them again and find that my classic, pared-down watches are marvelously versatile.
Earrings can be a great way to add a little pop of color to outfits, and I do love my bright baubles. But, once again, it’s the plain metal ones that get the most wear and feel the most useful. Shape and size can vary greatly, as shown here in three of my favorite pairs, but the common factor is that they’re all plain silver.
What are YOUR jewelrybox workhorses? Any of them overlap with mine?
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