Ask Avery: Jewelry is a girl’s best friend
blog by Avery Hartmans • August 17, 2012 @ 8:00am
Avery, I know accessories can make or break an outfit, but I ‘ll admit it, I am scared of them. Usually I just wear a watch or a few rings to complete a look. I never know what jewelry, scarves, hair pins, etc. to buy that in the end will be most versatile. I am nervous that I will waste my money and the items I purchase will end up going out of style. Help!
Most of you may not know this, but jewelry is sort of my thing, as evidenced by the tackle box I have to use to hold all my necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Hey, it may not be classy, but it works.
It’s my firm belief that an average outfit can be totally revamped by the right jewelry, and it’s really not hard to find the perfect accessories with which to adorn yourself. It only takes a few key pieces to ensure that any outfit will go from zero to bedazzled in no time at all.
Let’s start with the ears and work our way down. Earrings aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you don’t have pierced ears. That can really present some challenges to wearing earrings. But if you’re like me and got your ears pierced as a reward for graduating pre-school (now that I think about it, that wasn’t as big of an accomplishment as I thought at the time), you’re a die-hard earring-wearer. But that doesn’t mean you need to go buck-wild at Claire’s and buy out their earring department. All you need is one pair of rhinestone studs — or diamond, if you’re a classy biotch — and two pairs of a little something I like to call “statement earrings.” One pair should be in the silver family, the other pair in the gold family. That way, you’ll have some options.
Moving southward. Necklaces have recently become a favorite accessory of mine, especially necklaces that are big or flashy or at least visually interesting. Gone are the days of tiny charm necklaces or delicate chains. No, now I want something with a little weight behind it. Bib necklaces are a personal favorite, or something with multiple strands twisted together. Basically anything that can jazz up a plain shirt or transition a dress from day to night. Sparkles don’t hurt, either.
When it comes to your wrists, anything goes. It really depends on your mood, I suppose. One day you might prefer a few ladylike bracelets, while another day you might be feeling a tougher-looking cuff. There are no rules when it comes to bracelets, and no limit to how many you should own. Although I think my parents and my bank account will all be very disappointed to hear me say that.
As for rings, I subscribe to the “more the merrier” theory. Assuming you have all 10 fingers, those no reason why 70 percent of those fingers shouldn’t have a ring on them (that’s seven out of 10 fingers, in case y’all aren’t as good at math as me). And if you’re really daring, you can try wearing more than one on a finger. There are clearly no rules to ring wearing: two-finger rings, full-finger rings, stacked rings, cocktail rings...there are infinite possibilities. I would just stay away from three-finger rings, as I learned the hard way that those really restrict the use of your hand. Unless, of course, you want to punch someone in the face, brass-knuckles-style. In which case, be my guest.
I’m really excited about fall fashion, but when is it time to start wearing fall clothes? We’re probably going to have another Indian summer this year, so I can’t exactly wear fall sweaters in September.
Oh, how I feel your pain. I can’t even count how many years I got excited about my first-day-of-school outfit, trying it on the night before in anticipation of the picturesque fall day ahead of me, only to be bitterly disappointed when the thermometer read 78. I was clearly a weird little kid.
My nerdy childhood aside, these hot autumns really can cause trouble in the wardrobe department. We become stuck in an in-between stage of being sick of our summer clothes, but too sweaty to put on our fall clothes. Even though you can’t wear a classic autumn outfit, however, you can still incorporate some of your fall favorites into your Indian summer ensembles.
Clearly a hot September day is not ideal for a thick sweater and jeans. But why not give your jean shorts a stylish send-off by pairing them with a sweater and flats? A loose, light-weight sweater (oversized, perhaps?) will dress up a pair of cut-offs, especially when paired with chic flats, like the tuxedo flats that are all the rage right now. They make any outfit look super sophisticated, like you should be wearing a silk robe and drinking scotch with Clark Gable.
While leather boots are perfect for fall, they aren’t exactly perfect for summer weather. Did you think your calves are the only areas of your body that don’t sweat? Guess again, my friend. Try wearing knee-high boots with jeans tucked in and see what happens. But your awesome boots shouldn’t have to stay in the closet for months when you could be rocking them right now. Boots are a great way to autumn-ize your summer clothes, and yes, I just made that word up. But imagine the possibilities! Try pairing brown leather boots with a floral sundress and a solid scarf for the perfect summer-fall look. Or wear that bodycon skirt I know you’re just dying to experiment with and your lightweight, over-sized sweater, knee socks and the boots. You have plenty of options here, girlfriend.
This fall staple gets seriously underused during the other three seasons, but this year, cords come in a variety of colors and fits that will look great paired with boots and a sweater once it gets a little cooler. For now, however, cords can be rocked with any shirt-shoe combination. I love a burgundy pair with a loose gray tank, strappy brown sandals and Native American-inspired jewelry. Or for a preppier look, pair lilac cords with a bright top and metallic wedges. Colored cords are just as trendy as colored jeans, so don’t be afraid to stock up.
If you haven’t gotten the gist by now, the end of summer/beginning of fall is the time for a wardrobe as ambiguous as the season. You don’t have to wear your same-old, same-old summer duds, but you shouldn’t go balls to the wall on fall fashion. Have some patience — there are seven months of cold weather ahead.
(Header photo courtesy of Flickr / Gnilenkov Aleksey)