Ahh jewelry- a girl’s much needed sparkly best friend. It is an odd thing, jewelry; fun, while also serving as a frequent last ditch effort to spice up an outfit. People don’t tend to have a go-to jewelry supplier like they do with clothes as it is often associated with impulse buys, and “I have no idea where I got this” kind of purchases. However, jewelry trends are always evolving, and are frequently in our faces when we exploring seasonal vogue and the going ons in the fashion world. While the trends are fleeting and not always worth the hassle, many pieces have the potential to remain timeless. I personally tend to gravitate towards jewelry that will be worth the purchase, since I have all too many times boughten a piece that I never where due to it being too unique and funky. When going about jewelry shopping, I say to myself “How many outfits would you where that with” because I have given up on pieces that really only work with one outfit. I find that keeping it simple (think pearls and neutral colored statement necklaces) have a more powerful effect on an outfit, as they will not overshadow the holistic appeal of a look.
Below, I have listed some of my favorite jewelry pieces that I have acquired from an eclectic mix of stores. I tend to get my larger pieces from bigger lifestyle-like brands, while smaller pieces come from a variety of random boutiques. I find that cool jewelry can truly be found in the most random of places, you just have to look and keep your eyes open. In addition, the typical dorm life of a college student does not always accommodate the needs of a fashion obsessed girl. This means that storage space for necessities such as jewelry is hard to come by. I have attached a guide to the storage solutions that have worked great for me in keeping all my stuff organized.
Nice and Neutral: I have a strong love for pearls. They are simple, elegant and classic, making them the perfect addition to any outfit. In addition, small silver jewelry is always great to have when you are trying to be more subtle. The heart studs and ring are from a Tiffany collection, a great classic brand, while the rest are boutique pieces.
Vintage Statement Earrings: I love wearing one of these when I need to add a little something to an otherwise dull outfit, but I still want it to be subdued and not over the top. They are fancy, but not crazy, and work well with more neutral colors. All of these are from vintage shops or are hand me downs.
Trendy Statement Earrings: J Crew, which I know I talk about a lot, has a great selection of higher quality statement jewelry that is very trendy and fun. Their site has kind of become my destination for jewelry when I want to find a trend such as tassels or oversized earrings. What is also great is that you can get a lot of it frequently on sale. Statement jewelry is prefect for when you want to appear more fashion forward and avant-garde.
Simple Elegant Earrings: Again, I like to wear a lot of silver because it goes with everything. Here are examples of “statement-like” earrings that are not as colorful, yet easy to wear. Found, once again, at small boutiques.
Statement Necklaces: These three here are from J Crew, and go well with pretty much any sweater or plain blouse. Sometimes, sweaters can seem a little drab, but, by adding a fun necklace, the outfit can turn into something much more chic and feminine. Clear crystal is a great way to go, while tortoise and link designs are trends that have lasted a few seasons.
Here are some other great necklaces from anthropology that go great with everything!
I personally love fun necklaces since they are so exciting and funky! Check out https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/jewelry.jsp?sidecar=true and https://www.anthropologie.com/jewelry-necklaces for more.
As for storage, living in a dorm makes it a little difficult to have all of my accessories organized. However, I manage with a couple of great displays that are both cute and practical.
I received this cute little earring holder from my FitFabFun box, and I love the ascetic. It is from a company called Imm Living/1993 that specializes in ceramics and wire holders. I love how it sits like a piece of art on my desk while still being extremely useful.
Hooks and Command Stripes are a given in college, but you can easily find nicer looking ones like what I have pictured to hang necklaces. It looks must less tacky, and puts a little bit of sparkle into my room. Find them at Target.
The Container Store is known for their storage solutions, and they do not disappoint when it comes to storing jewelry. Hooks with dishes like this one acts as a two for one, since I can hang necklaces and bracelets while storing earrings and rings on the bottom. The space it takes up is pretty much vertical too which makes it easy to find space for.
There you have it; my random guide to jewelry and jewelry holders. Hopefully you find this inspiring for adding a little sparker to your wardrobe!