Accessorizing


Turtlenecks provide a perfect opportunity to accessorize.  With some sweater and shirt styles, the location and size of the collar must be taken into account when planning accessories.  We’ve all had it happen before – the necklace that keeps falling inside our shirt instead of sitting on top.

With turtlenecks, the neckline is high up and practically out-of-the-way.  Most necklace lengths work very well, however, very short necklaces can be tricky – even ones that usually fit us because of the extra volume created by the turtleneck.  Extending the necklace with a bit of chain or ribbon can resolve this.

Another reason turtlenecks are great for accessorizing is because they provide a colorful backdrop for your jewelry – creating a canvas that you can play and experiment with when it comes to color.  In this photo, a very red necklace was chosen to stand out against the green of the sweater.  They both hold their own and I think the match is a good one.

Another nice way to accessorize a turtleneck is with a pin.  Instead of placing the pin on your jacket lapel, place it on the neck of the turtleneck.  My favorite pin for doing this is a little bumblebee pin I received as a gift from my boyfriend.  I can wear it with a turtleneck and jacket, and it peeks out sweetly at my neck.  Plus there’s none of that pesky seatbelt hitting my pin syndrome that can sometimes occur when its on the lapel.

So, enjoy your turtlenecks with your statement necklaces or other jewelry pieces that you just love, have fun, accessorize and let the world see your beautiful style.

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I am cold-natured so the first nip in the air sends me running for something warm.  This fall, cardigans seem to be everywhere and I love how well they work with jewelry.  Layering is still a strong trend and cardigans are perfect as the top layer over a shirt or tee, the middle layer with a shirt underneath and a jacket on top, or the bottom layer worn as a shirt.

BR Cardigan

Photo courtesy of Banana Republic

I love this look from Banana Republic.  To me, this outfit is about hard and soft contrasts and subtlety in textures and tones.  The cardigan is very soft in color and the ruffles add more softness.  The jeans add a bit of edge.  They are worn-looking and distressed, adding texture.  The necklace adds hardness and some fluidity.  The length works because it falls clear of the neckline of both the cardigan and shirt underneath.  A very short necklace would also work with this look.  Jewelry could also be used to bring a tiny splash of color.

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Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

How beautiful is this outfit from Anthropologie.  It has a vintage feel to it.  I love the colors – everything is soft except for the mustard top peeking out from underneath and the red punch from the signature necklace.  I think this outfit absolutely needs a strong necklace and I like the length of the necklace, falling slightly above the mustard top.  Love it.

GH Cardigan

Photo courtesy of Garnet Hill

A bit dressier and more romantic note is set by this cardigan from Garnet Hill.  The necklace is bold enough to hold its own against the patterned sweater.  Yet, because they are in the same color family, the cardigan and necklace do not fight each other for attention.  She’s wearing a dress underneath.  I could also see this cardigan dressed down with a chocolate brown shirt underneath and jeans.  Warm and pretty.  Sounds perfect for fall.

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Why not?

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A friend gave me this bracelet and I love it.  The brass keys are just so pretty.  I wear it as a bracelet, but find that I am wearing it even more as a necklace.  I did this by adding some chain in the same color tones.  I use the clasp on the chain to connect to one end of the bracelet and the clasp on the bracelet to connect to the other end of the necklace.  It works beautifully.

So take a look at your bracelet stash.  Maybe you’ve got a piece that can do double-duty as a necklace.  It’s great to be able to buy something new.  But sometimes, shopping in our own wardrobes and finding new uses for things can be smart and fun.

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I got my hair done yesterday and when I walked in my stylist had a big smile on her face.  I also noticed she was wearing big, bright yellow earrings with the letter “B”.  I mean really big and really bright.  And she looked adorable.  I asked her about the earrings and she said she just loved bright colors and that all of her jewelry was very colorful and bright.

Big, bright yellow earrings aren’t for everyone and I think that’s the point.  Each of us has things we wear that highlight our individual style and say a little about who we are.  And we all do it uniquely, with our own personal flair.

How do you use jewelry and accessories to show your personal style?  I’d love to hear from you.  And if you want to send photos and tell me a little about your approach to style, I’ll put them up.

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ProjectRunwayS6E6I love this dress by Nicolas Putvinski illustrating the science fiction genre with a gorgeous ice queen.  The detailing around the neck is very sculptural and references both earrings and a necklace in its silhouette.  I also love that the dress is curve-hugging at the top and then floats beautifully away from the body at the knee.  I don’t say this often, but this dress can totally stand without any jewelry.

However, if I was going to accessorize it, my choice would be a cuff bracelet in the same metallic leather as the shoe with similar detailing bringing a little bit of hardness at the wrist to contrast with the softness of the shimmering dress.

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I used to hear that if you had a top with a lot of embellishment or ornamentation, you should stick with earrings or a bracelet as accessories.  Or, if you wore a necklace, it needed to be something tiny.  I’m noticing necklaces being worn with embellished tops, and when done the right way, the look is lovely.  The coral colored ruffled top from J Crew is an example.  I love the necklace they have paired with the top.  It makes the outfit far more interesting than it would be without the necklace.

This beautiful top on Joely Fisher looks great with the multiple strand necklace.  It creates interest but does not steal the show from the vibrant color of the top and its embelishment.  I think it’s a very nice and modern combination.

Embellished Tops

I think the collar of  this shirt from Ann Taylor Loft creates a problem for this style of necklace.  It’s a pretty shirt, I would either go the bracelet/earrings route or wear a bold necklace close to the throat.

Pleated Collar Button Front

So, ladies, enjoy both your necklaces and beautiful tops this fall.

Photos courtesy of J Crew, In Style Magazine, and Ann Taylor Loft respectively.

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ProjectRunwayS6E5Using unconventional materials can be a daunting task.  We were challenged in this manner at Penland, and I had some success and, well, a train wreck.  It’s not easy and I can’t imagine the pressure that TV cameras add.  However, Irina Shabayeva managed to pull this one off in style.  The coat was a unique idea – most of the other designers made dresses and the styling and attention to details got her points with the judges.

I just think a little jewelry could have been added.  Not too much – there is so much going on around the face, that anything other than studs or very tiny earrings could have made for disaster.  This little black and white bracelet would have added a nice bit of sparkle on the wrist that it holding the bag.  It would have complemented the shine of the boots while still keeping the quiet color palette in tact.

Project Runway photo courtesy of Lifetime.com.

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