For YEARS, I wore no gold. Carried no handbags with goldtone hardwear. Bought no shoes with brass accents. I was religious about wearing silvertone, and silvertone alone. Why? Who the hell knows. I’m a double Capricorn with Taurus rising, so let’s blame it on that.
ANYWAYS. Sometimes I would buy vintage stuff off Etsy that looked silver, but turned out to be faded gold. Sometimes the perfect piece of costume jewelry had one little brass bit that made me twitch with dismay. And eventually I found a solution:
Originally posted 2010-02-14 07:41:00.
Reader Wendy wrote to me a while back asking about style rules concerning mixed metals. At the time I wore silver exclusively – my engagement and wedding rings are white gold – so I had never grappled with this question myself. But I’ve since started incorporating some gold tones into my jewelry wardrobe and tinkered with mixing. So now I believe you can go one of four routes: Don’t care, wear all one or the other, mix intentionally, or include a bridging piece.
I know many women who have gold wedding/everyday rings and wear other jewelry in silver or gold without giving it a single thought. A single gold piece in a silver mix – especially something as small as a ring – is unlikely to seem jarring, so if you can accessorize without thinking about it, do. But if it bothers you …
Originally posted 2010-12-01 06:04:00.
Reader Jori sent me this question via e-mail:
Now that we’re entering serious layering season, I was thinking it would be interesting for you to do a post on layering necklines. Specifically, I have a couple of pieces with sweetheart necklines, which I love, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what other types of necklines I can layer under them (other than a turtleneck). That’s a pretty specific problem, but then I started thinking about mixing v-necks with crew necks, etc, and was wondering if there are any guidelines for such things. Just layering v-necks with v-necks, for example, seems overly restrictive, but there are also plenty of times when mixing and matching just looks weird.
Originally posted 2010-11-08 06:01:00.