I was thrilled by the invitation from Kendra Scott at The Summit to be a Guest Stylist at their recent VIP event. Who doesn't love playing in someone else's jewelry box?! In addition to helping guests find just the right pieces to add to their wardrobes, I gave a brief talk, sharing a few accessorizing tips.
"Accessories are what make an outfit a little bit more YOU." - Kate Spade
Tip #1: On Trend
Clients often ask me, “What can I add to my wardrobe this season to keep it fresh and on-trend?” This Spring/Summer, that something happens to be an accessory! The Statement Earring is hotter than ever, especially those including tassels, raffia and/or acrylic. Whether in vibrant color (my personal fave) or pretty pastel, when it comes to statement jewelry, keep in mind that bigger is better. The beauty of a bold piece is that it can be a standalone accessory, making for easy dressing!
Tip #2: The Statement Earring, part deux
Not feeling something colorful? Then consider a larger earring in classic metallic - perfect with a pretty neckline that shouldn’t be disturbed with a necklace, but that still needs accessorizing. Actually, the proportions of statement earrings can be quite face flattering.
Tip #3: Mixing Metals
Want to wear gold and silver jewelry pieces together? Then have at least one item that includes both metals, like my favorite druzy studs (below right) or Kendra Scott’s signature cuff.
Tip #4: Proper Proportions
Don’t overload yourself with large pieces, this will only diminish their impact, not to mention overwhelm you. I like to have “breathing space” between my statement pieces. For example, if I am going to wear a statement necklace, then all that is needed is a simple stud. If I want to wear an additional piece with statement earrings, I might skip a necklace (hello, breathing space) but wear a cuff bracelet.
Tip #5: Wardrobe Staples
In this stylist’s opinion, everyone should have in their wardrobe both silver and gold necklaces and earrings. The pieces in each set do not need to match, in fact my personal preference is that they coordinate, but do not match. I recommend both a short and long necklace in each metal - or else one that is long enough to double. My guideline for how to choose a necklace: short over skin, long over cloth. But in many cases, like with a scoop neck, you can wear both at the same time, creating a contemporary layered look. As for the earrings, a delicate hoop is ideal - this ever-versatile shape is large enough to offer visual balance, but thin enough to avoid too much visual weight.