Q: Can I wear sparkly jewelry for the day?
A: Definitely! Without a doubt your biggest sparklers can come out and play during the day. There may have been a time when overtly radiant jewels belonged solely with after hours dressing, but today mixing dressy accessories into your 9-5 outfit looks modern and is totally acceptable. In fact, this season’s bold jewels look especially fresh with the simplest of wardrobe staples. And that’s the beauty of a beautiful piece of jewelry: it adds elegance anytime you wear it, not just at night. Not sure where to start? Try these brilliant ideas.
The choker is the hottest necklace shape this season, and its shorter length works well with lots of top options. For a preppy-chic look, start with a button front shirt as a base, add a crew neck sweater on top, and then layer the necklace over the slightly open collared shirt so it rests on top of the knit. Yes, over, this is key. The necklace acts as a surprise element that loosens up the otherwise prim layers. Solid tones are fine, but don’t feel like you have to stick them. Experiment with colours and pattern. I’ve seen a choker/peach shirt/leopard print sweater trio, and the result was stellar.
Try: lia sophia ‘Catwalk’ Necklace, $180.
A fancy necklace worn with a casual chambray shirt is another way to go, and works on absolutely everyone. You can wear the necklace inside the open collar for just a hint of sparkle peeking out, or, on top of the shirt with all the buttons done up. Just be sure to roll sleeves to elbow height for that effortlessly relaxed effect. Finally, a necklace over a turtleneck or crew neck cotton-jersey top is also a stylish option. Plain black will always look polished, but a striped top with jewels at the neckline (maybe even brightly coloured ones?) will really wow.
Try: Aldo ‘Franck’ Necklace, $25.
Adorn the wrists
Many stylish stars (from celebs to fashion’s fiercest editors) rock heavily adorned wrists. Stacking bracelets is a style trick that’s eye-catching and never fails to look cool. There’s no reason a few sparkly baubles can’t be thrown in the mix. They look great on their own, but adding them to your watch wrist makes them a major do for daytime.
Try: J. Crew Classic Pavé Link Bracelet, $144.
A mix of bangles and bracelets in various textures and tones also reduces the potential for formality, less matchy-matchy looks more laid back. Try several rhinestone studded bangles mixed with textiles such as leather, suede or satin cord. Wide cuffs can work too, either stacked alongside your watch or one on each wrist for a sense of symmetry. Long sleeves are fine as long as don’t interfere, either slim fitting down to the wrist or rolled up and out of the way.
Try: Banana Republic ‘Josephine’ Bracelet, $55.
A cocktail ring is always daytime appropriate. Period. Huge chandelier earrings can be tricky to pull off before sunset, but delicate drop or stud earrings don’t look out of line during daylight. Both will add a flattering flash of radiance near your eyes. If you’re up for a little DIY project, you can use sparkly art deco style brooches, to dress up a wide stretchy black belt. Reverse the belt so the front is flat and the clasp is in the back. Pin a handful of brooches to the middle section, and wear the belt at your natural waistline with a skirt or over a day dress.
Try: Anthropologie Marble Waltz Earrings, $32.
If you’re up for a little DIY project, you can use sparkly art deco style brooches, to dress up a wide stretchy black belt. Reverse the belt so the front is flat and the clasp is in the back. Pin a handful of brooches to the middle section, and wear the belt at your natural waistline with a skirt or over a day dress.
Try: Lanvin Asymmetric Flower Belt, $1290.
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