Wednesday, October 20, 2010

making a statement


The term "statement jewelry" has been out and about in the fashion world for a few years now. While some people may picture a giant Flinstone style necklace when they hear this, others may not know what the heck it means. To me, a statement piece is something that stands out--that makes the outfit, that gets you noticed. The statement jewelry of the past couple of years has definitely been about proportions--rings with large stones, big chunky necklaces, wide cuffs or tons of pieces worn together. A little goes a long way--in other words--pick your statement piece, don't wear the whole book.
I think all jewelry is statement jewelry because the kind of jewelry you are attracted to and choose to wear says something about who you are, much like your clothing, shoes, the car you drive. My friend Caroline, is tall and thin and beautiful and has always had a great eye for wearing jewelry and accessories. Her ability to wear a giant chunky necklace without looking like she has been swallowed up by it is enviable for sure (not to mention the rest of the package) :) Very inspiring.
I recently helped my friend Juliet Roger, who is a talented jewelry designer here in Seattle, inventory her pieces and we got to chatting about statement jewelry. She recommended stepping out of your comfort zone, trying something bold and beautiful and you might surprise yourself. As much as I quite like standing out in a crowd, I admit I sometimes worry having on a piece of jewelry that would wear me, instead of me wearing it. My jewelry "uniform" in the past has large silver hoops, (to compliment that grey sweater I always grab?.....hmmm) but its time to step it up. I have got lots of great pieces that I am going to get out of the box and I recommend you do the same. Leave those pearl post earrings home ladies (or in Kacy's case, the bottom of Patterson Lake), and put on something bigger or brighter or cooler or more sparkly than you normally wear, and don't wait for date night --I mean wear it today, on a Wednesday, even if you are off of to work or Safeway or to coffee. See you out there, you gorgeous girls!

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