Wrap a shawl around your waist, and that shawl becomes a sarong. Put a sweater over a dress, and that dress becomes a skirt. Scrunch a tube top around your neck, and that tube top becomes a cowl. Most of us are pretty open to letting our clothing multi-task. But what about jewelry?
Jewelry can do more than just adorn, and some very simple tricks can totally transform how certain pieces get worn. Here are a few ways that I and my fellow bloggers have retooled our jewels.
USE A BRACELET TO LENGTHEN A NECKLACE
Any bracelet with a clip closure that fastens securely – like a lobster claw clasp or spring ring – can be used to lengthen a necklace. Clip the bracelet clasp to the jump ring of the necklace, and then use the jump ring of the bracelet to attach the necklace clasp. Voila! Your necklace is several inches longer. This can also work if both necklace and bracelet both have toggle clasps, but the links won’t be as secure. E has done this several times with her orange necklace. The piece is actually a bib-style, but she prefers to wear it longer.
Originally posted 2010-03-17 06:01:00.
[WANT THE SHORTCUT? I’ve got an entire Pinboard of color pairing inspiration!]
Many of you lovely folks have complimented me on the color combinations in my outfits, so first off, thank you! I’m delighted to hear that I don’t look like a circus reject. Well, at least not every day …
Many of you have also asked from whence my color inspiration springs, which made me realize that I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA. Which is to say that I don’t think about color pairings in an active, calculating way. And as impressive as I find in-depth explorations of color theory, I can’t often apply them in daily life. I’m a pretty organized girl and prefer to plan ahead, but when it comes to color, I generally improvise. I rely heavily on experimentation, my creative eye, and whatever looks interesting or compelling when I’m getting dressed in the morning.
Originally posted 2010-03-15 06:05:00.
I can generally pick up a garment, give it a quick once-over, and know whether it’ll make me look like a goddess or a garbage heap. How? Well, I shop frequently and try on a LOT of clothing, so some of it is trial and error. But I’ve also made a point of learning my measurements, my body type, and my personal failsafe styles.
Learning about your figure is key to efficient shopping. Shopping becomes exhausting when you have to try on 15 dresses before finding one that’s even passable, much less great. But if you can eyeball the racks and go for styles that should work in theory, you’ll have a better chance of picking items that work in practice.
Originally posted 2010-03-12 06:56:00.