Spendy Wendy has always worn big, glamorous baubles, most of which she found while rummaging through the $1 grab bags in vintage stores. So imagine her glee on discovering that they’re now all the rage; it’s only fitting that we call them “statement jewelry.”
If you’re a bit shy when it comes to making a statement, the holidays are the perfect time to come out of your shell and try on a fabulous pendant or a large bangle. They can turn a blah black outfit into a cocktail stunner. And the best part is that indulging in one simple piece can turn drab to fab without your investing in a whole new outfit. Just remember that one bold statement is enough. The single piece should be the focal point. When you try to combine two or three pieces, the effect can become too costumey. I’m reminded of Alicia Keys’ recent AMA ensemble. The earrings were quite enough, without the snake-like charm dripping onto her forehead.
Banana Republic is doing some delicious sparklies for the holidays. Spendy Wendy loves the large, geometric gemstone necklace, as well as the large beaded necklaces, the latter of which would make Mimi from “The Drew Carey Show” proud. But the beads sure look stunning when paired with Banana’s gorgeous evening dresses.
Packing Tip: Statement pieces are usually too large for the average jewelry roll. To properly pack them, first wrap them in tissue. Rhinestones, crystals and gems can chip and scratch when they rub together, so be careful. Then place them in a velvet pouch and tuck them into the toe of a shoe or boot. That way, they’re not taking up excess space.
For more I’ve-got-personality pieces, check out the interview with the Stiletto King, Stuart Weitzman, in this month’s issue of Sky.
Can you say “juicy red platform sandals”?