Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello readers - how nice of you to stop by the Caprilicious Blog. We have talked about ways to wear statement jewellery before, and I will not repeat myself here today. This is the third and last in my series of articles about statement jewellery - if you haven't read them, you can find the other two here, and here.
Before we go any further - we know exactly why we want to wear statement jewellery - it's a great time saving device!!
A piece of jewellery, a dash of lippie and a splash of perfume - you will look as if you've taken hours to put your ensemble together rather than the fifteen minutes it will actually take you once you've read this article. And, as an added bonus you will look well groomed and in absolute alignment with your mood.
Tell me this, do you pick out your clothes when you wake up, and then accessorise them with your jewellery - or, like me, do you pick out your jewellery first and then find clothes that go with your choice of accessories??
Is it a Bird?, is it a Christmas Tree? - no, it's Indian Superbride!!!
Simple clothes with unfussy designs and patterns go well with bold, bright and busy jewellery, and it doesn't look over the top.
At night one would use the same mantra, with the proviso that if the clothes are over embellished (coming from the Indian subcontinent, I know about over embellishment, honest) earrings or bracelets are the way to go.
Too much bling, all concentrated in one area - the Christmas tree look - is only permissible if you are attempting to be the Indian super bride on the left - any other occasion, and you will be sorely over dressed and definitely over embellished.
Statement jewellery allows your wardrobe to be simple - if your accessories are spectacular, a wardrobe with a few classic pieces will take you anywhere, looking your best and giving the impression that you have taken a great deal of trouble over your appearance.
So, if you did it the Caprilicious way you would wake up, follow your routine for the morning and then while showering to go out, decide the mood for the day...
Prim and proper - pearls, flowers, lace, and other pretty items would be great to go with this mood.
Bohemian - a leather necklace, or perhaps a pair of chandelier earrings, but not together. If you want to wear more than one of your pieces of jewellery, add a ring or bangles - but once again, not both.
Create a gap between two pieces of jewellery so that the eyes of the onlooker can get some rest - it makes for a better impact.
Wild and in a wicked, fun mood - a tribal necklace with a white tee shirt and baggy trousers or harem pants. This is a look I love, and wear whenever I can. It is a mood elevator, for sure! Unfortunately, my day job precludes my love for the wild and wacky, but I can wear what I like when I go out, and hope that my patients don't care, should they happen to meet me.
The Boss - in monochrome, with simple brightly coloured accents looks businesslike - I can imagine this woman giving me orders - can't you??
Feel like wearing one of those big, brightly coloured cuffs you bought??
All you have to do is find a simple dress, and the cuff can be your statement for the day - what do you think it would say about you??
Want to wear your chandeliers? - keep the neckline simple and they will be shown off to their best advantage. A set of bracelets would be fine with this look - with a very unobtrusive necklace - or even - !Gasp! a bare neckline!
Less is More
The word "simple" has recurred a few times in this blog post - because that's the key to wearing statement jewellery without looking like Ms Indian Superbride/ Christmas tree.
Overdoing the number of statement pieces, or forgetting the look you were originally trying to achieve will cause a jangling of nerves in the poor folks who have to look at you.
If their eyes are constantly moving from your face to your chandelier earrings, and your necklace to your arms as you move them around in gay abandon, all jangling bracelets and big smile - the poor saps are going to be dizzy with all that eye movement, and it is highly unlikely that you will make a good impression.
Add Just the one Crazy Touch - for Badness
This is my leather spike bracelet - I found it in a little shop somewhere on my travels - I very often add this to my ensemble. I especially like to wear it with the prim and proper look - to shift the mood from girly, to slightly wicked - and it often gets mentioned more than anything else I wear, mainly because it appeals to the naughty side of the women who notice it. Have a look at some more ideas on How to Wear Statement Necklaces on Pinterest.
So here we have it - the Caprilicious way to wear statement jewellery - accessorise your accessories with your clothes rather than the other way around - don't do the way every one else does - be different - try it out and you will see that it makes sense.
Dress to take on the world, not just to get by - look like you've tried -people do notice - and you will feel, and look fabulous for the tiniest bit of effort.
Tip for the Day
Keep your jewellery visible and stored so you don't have to spend hours untangling chains, finding the lost one of a pair of earrings - a little bit of effort honing your organisational skills will allow you to pick the right accessory when you want it in the time frame that you have - we have but fifteen minutes to put the most fabulously coordinated look together, right??
Thanks, readers for stopping by - this is an extra post and it will appear on a friends' blog as a guest post a bit later on in the year. I will catch you on Friday as usual with the pieces I made this week.
Have a nice day - it is lovely and sunny outside, I hope the sun is shining on all of you too
I'm Neena Shilvock, and I'm crazily addicted to jewellery. I've been designing and making quirky and interesting statement necklaces for the last five years and my passion hasn't cooled off one little bit - in fact it has got worse, such that I'm even dreaming jewellery.
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