If you’ve ever sympathised with the idiom “the devil is in the details,” then you’re probably the type of girl to accessorise, and accessorise well. Every girl worth her salt in fashion has a collection of her favourite jewellery, knowing full well that it can turn a simple outfit into a stunning statement.
The first item on the list of must-haves is probably going to be the most precious and hardest to attain. Whether it’s a family heirloom or the icing on the cake from your handsome husband, diamond rings have been a custom of timeless elegance since the year dot. A diamond ring, or any diamond jewellery, is an announcement of your exquisite taste and passion for fashion and jewellery. The beauty of diamonds is in their brilliance and simplicity, one can wear a simple gemstone ring without attracting attention to it’s five digit price tag; or one can brandish the crystals with glamour and glory.
A dress ring is a term not frequently heard nowadays, but you will have seen them daily adorning the fingers of celebrities, models and the high flyers of our world. Dress rings are rings worn purely for fashion, not as a celebration on engagement or marital commitment. As a result, they are often glamorous, large, glitzy, showy and downright beautiful. They have the ability to offset a simplistic style, much in the way that diamonds can.
Dress rings burst into popularity in the 50s as overstatement accessories, and they have enjoyed a vogue in fashion ever since then. They have recently made a comeback and show that the wearer has more than one eye on the radar of what’s hot and what’s not.
A necklace is the must have accessory for those wanting to really optimise their outfit. Necklaces can be perfect additions to almost any outfit, and the diversity of them provides a multitude of opportunities. A dress that feels comfortable because of its low cut can look far less daring with a statement necklace, drawing prying eyes towards your neck rather than your chest!
Equally, necklaces can be worn to do the opposite. They can transform simplicity into sexiness, with pearls and diamonds known to suggest glamour, beauty and romance. Shifting down from the high life, necklaces can be made of anything from rubber to nylon and be personalised with photos, memories and charms to reflect the personality of the wearer.
Bracelets can provide a solution to any number of your clothing and accessory nightmares. If you’re having a colour clashing calamity, choosing to wear a co-ordinated bracelet can often provide the barrier that you need between your dress and your clutch. However if you’re more for fashionable rather than practical, bracelets can be perfect companions to their matching sisters of rings and necklaces which complete an outfit instantly.
Earrings are great for those looking to inject some glamour into their outfit. If you’ve ever looked at somebody and thought that they’ve just missed the mark, or that there’s something missing but you can’t put your finger on it; it’s probably the earrings. Studs, gems and non-hanging earrings provide a glamorous addition to your make-up and hairstyle. Those that hang lower co-ordinate better with your outfit and necklace, consider these points before trying to match your other jewellery.
In essence, choosing the right accessories can make or break your outfit. But with a bit of forward planning, you can avoid those last minute rushes to the shops. Owning the five items on this list can leave you safe in the knowledge that you can make a glamorous and personal outfit out of the most unlikely collection of clothing.
Ross Davies writing for DeBretts Online Jewellery. Specialists in secondhand jewellery at affordable prices.