I look forward to the holiday season every year–full of festivities, lights, family, friends, and presents. However with the aggressive holiday party circuit, it is inevitable that we tend to sleep too little, eat too much, and drink more than our fair share of holiday cheer; and when one is groggy, puffy, and feeling a little worse for the wear, the question of “what am I going to wear?” may feel like an insurmountable mountain. Not only does the outfit have to be festive and event-appropriate, we also have to worry about running into people in repeat outfits. The easy solution is to have a few solid outfits that make you feel like you can run into an ex boyfriend at an event and leave him reeling; and a few high-impact holiday jewelry options that will change the look of the outfit.
The Holidays are a time of year when we all push the envelope a little bit more and swathe ourselves in that extra bit of bling (at least I do). Now, I take no issue with going over the top with one’s jewelry (obviously) but I do believe that there is a fine line between gaudy-glam and gaudy-gauche. If you’re going to go overboard, go holiday-windows-at-Bergdorf’s-overboard and not National-Lampoon’s-Christmas-Vacation-overboard.
1. Tell a Subtle Story
Feel like channeling a snowflake? Go ahead. Pile on the diamonds, crystals, etc. but think about what you’re trying to achieve and exercise good judgement. Your jewelry doesn’t have to come from the same set (actually it’s preferable if it doesn’t) but there should be a cohesive story that is not so obvious that the jewelry wears you. For example, the three pieces below are from different labels but they all feature navette (or marquis) shaped stones–visually, the look is appealing but not too literal.
Kenneth Jay Lane, Waterfall earrings; available here.
Net-a-porter, Hello Sweetie necklace; available here.
Jenny Packham, Navette bracelet; available here.
2. Kitsch Never Looked Sexy on Anyone
Menorah earrings, christmas tree brooches, Santa’s sexy helper outfit–you get the idea. Don’t do it.
3. Know When and What to Pull Back
If you intend to wear a lot of eye catching jewelry then dial down your outfit a touch. Tons of jewelry plus a jeweled neckline and jeweled pumps is overkill. If you are wearing an outfit with a lot of layers or patterns then simple jewelry is best. You can still wear a big piece of jewelry (or two) if it is monochromatic or minimalist. You don’t have to trade size for simplicity; but choose a piece of jewelry that is simple enough to serve as a solid anchor for a loud outfit.
4. Be Comfortable
Everything I wear, no matter how outrageous, must be comfortable. Earrings shouldn’t pinch, necklaces shouldn’t leave an imprint, rings shouldn’t snag stockings, etc. This also applies to one’s style. If you are not comfortable in loud statement pieces, then don’t wear them. When someone wears something they are not comfortable with or in, the strain and effort is visible which renders the entire exercise useless–no one looks their best whilst suffering.
Big Kiss and Bigger Diamonds,