Whether you love gold, silver, rose or a combination of all three, you really can make an outfit with a touch of accessorizing. I don’t know if it was the fact that my mum used to work in a jewelers during my teenage years (and therefore was always covered in many pieces of bling,) or the fact that oversized earrings became the height of fashion while I was at uni, but for as long as I can remember dressing myself I’ve had a penchant for an accessory or three. Admittedly I’ve upgraded a lot since those multi-buy deals in Claire’s Accessories, but I still like to add a few bits of bling as a finishing touch every morning.
You can use accessories to create effortless elegance, create warmth to your skin, upgrade a monochrome outfit or just add a touch of interest to a dress you’ve been wearing for the past few years – and you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Shopping wisely for a few staple pieces, or looking for something you can change up with different charms, can pay dividends and ensure your whole look comes together effortlessly.
I’m a big fan of Pandora for that reason (see all my posts featuring Pandora here,) as you can mix and match charms and metals to create brand new looks from only a handful of pieces; I have a silver charm bracelet and bangle, as well as a rose gold bracelet, which goes with pretty much everything. I also love a statement piece from Monica Vinader to offer a sprinkling of something a little different, as well as Accessorize’s Z range that offers an affordable alternative to the boho inspired look if your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far; both keep your accessories feeling youthful and edgy without feeling cheap. (Top tip: I get my MV pieces from Bicester Village as they’re often half price!)
Buckley London is also a great brand, and one I’ve been buying from for years. They have so many great collections that look expensive but often start at little over a tenner, plus pieces that nod to trends without becoming unwearable in six months time. My husband has often bought me little gifts from their concession in House of Fraser, and I’ve always loved everything. I’m a big fan of also buying from independent boutiques, Etsy sellers and new businesses I discover from Instagram – you can often find amazing huggies (those tiny earring hoops!) and amazing bracelets at affordable prices, while feeling a little smug that you’ve got something a touch more unique than your mates.
If you love accessories as much as me, or want to up your accessorising game but aren’t sure where to start, some of my tips may help give you the confidence to add a piece of bling to that visible piece of skin…
MY TOP FIVE TIPS TO ACCESSORIZE EFFORTLESSLY
1. Decide which metal works best for your skin colouring. As I’m quite pale I prefer silver and rose gold, so my collection is 75% made up of those tones. By knowing what works for you and sticking to a colour palette, it makes it easier to mix and match your favourite pieces.
2. Invest as much as you can afford. In my opinion spending a little more ensures a collection that lasts longer, looks better and won’t go out of style by next season. When I stopped spending a fortune in high street fashion stores I noticed I kept to the same statement pieces more often than not, and used the money I saved to invest in more expensive jewellery I’ll be able to enjoy in the years to come. No longer am I continually throwing away tarnished jewellery or trying to shop for replacements.
3. Avoid short-term trends. What may be fashionable right now may look tired and dated in a year’s time – case in point, statement necklaces. I must’ve spent a couple of hundred quid on big chunky necklaces over the course of a year, only for them to go out of fashion as quickly as they came in; now they’ve been carted off to a charity shop because I know that I’ll probably never even look at them ever again.
4. Less is more. Delicate chains, smaller detailing and more neutral stones will look way more expensive than clunky cheaper alternatives. You don’t have to invest in Cartier for it to look fab – that’s where great brands like Buckley come in, offering really affordable pieces that look ten times more expensive than they are.
5. But don’t overlook layering. I love adding three bracelets to my wrist or layering a couple of rings over the top of eachother; it gives a more relaxed vibe that’s perfect for summer, while showing off your fave pieces in a fresh way.
Accessorising should be fun, so most importantly buy what you like and find your style – if it works for you, that’s all that matters!
SHOP MY FAVES
TO ACCESSORIZE EFFORTLESSLY
*Buckley London pieces gifted for a previous collaboration, but this post is in no way sponsored.
I just loved the images we created!