It’s a New Year and whilst we obsess over our wardrobe clear outs (out with the old, in with the new), we often neglect our accessories. While many jewellery pieces are timeless, it is essential that we keep our staples and continue to add to our collection in order to keep up with the hottest trends. Although we often consider jewellery an item of expense (and quite rightly so), when it comes to discussing accessories, we too often neglect costume jewellery. Costume jewellery is over the top, dramatic and often necessary to perfect an ensemble – most of all, it is always on trend. Join me as I discuss jewellery essentials for this new year.
#1 The Gold Cuff
The gold cuff is nothing less than divine. One of the jewellery essentials that used to be associated with summer maxi dresses can now be found in our everyday wardrobe with designers such a Michael Kors adding more and more to their collections as the seasons progress. Whilst I would never consider myself a lover of gold, this is one jewellery piece that I adore and found myself purchasing for my closest friends as part of our Christmas gift giving.
Women’s Argento Vivo ‘Memory Wire’ White Topaz Station Cuff
“Bezel-set white topaz stones accent the open ends of a delicate cuff perfect for stacking with your other favourite bracelet styles. The elegant sterling-silver wire can be formed to fit just how you like it, and retains its shape for a perfectly customised look wear after wear.”
#2 Initial Pendants
I am currently obsessed with monogrammed items from Burberry scarves to capes and now jewellery. You may remember such items as something from your childhood but we are talking something a little more chic and sophisticated. Fine chains with a round, solid pendant look fabulous and are perfect for everyday wear. This is also one of the jewellery essentials that are specifically tailored for you, making you love it so much more.
Women’s Kate Spade New York ‘One In A Million’ Initial Pendant Necklace
“Delicate, sweet and stamped with the initial of your choosing, this pendant necklace is plated in precious metal.”
Monogram Necklace Initial “A” 14K Yellow Gold
“This pretty monogram necklace for her features the initial “A.” Crafted in 14K yellow gold, the pendant is suspended from a 17-inch cable chain that secures with a spring ring clasp.”
#3 Fine Bracelets
I first found my admiration for fine chain bracelets when visiting Santorini this past Summer. I bought a rose gold plated bracelet and have never taken it off since. The dainty design of these jewellery pieces looks sleek and ultimately gorgeous. Despite being so small, that does not mean a little-added sparkle would not go a miss. By opting for a T-BAR design, this realigns the central focus detail of this fine jewellery piece meaning you can add all the sparkle you desire. You will find them literally everywhere.
Women’s Nadri Bar Station Bracelet (Nordstrom Exclusive)
“Pave crystals ignite the statement-making station and lobster clasp of a delicate bracelet with sparkle. Color(s): bar – gold/ clear, bar – silver/ clear.”
Goldtone Stainless Steel High Polish Bracelet
“A high polish finish over goldtone stainless steel adds shine and style to this fine bracelet. A secure jewellery clasp ensures this bracelet stays in place and trendy.”
#4 Statement Necklaces
Whilst statement necklaces rose to prominence a few seasons back, they have gotten bigger and better. These are high street favourites and are one trend that has progressed from the high fashion runways. Although these necklaces are dramatic and daring, their presence pays off and completely transforms the way your outfit looks to the outside world. By mastering this jewellery essential, you reaffirm your fashionista status to the very highest levels.
Junior Women’s BP. Crystal Statement Necklace
“Smoky crystals highlighted by radiant clusters of teardrop-shaped crystals glint and sparkle on a gilded statement necklace perfect for the party season.”
Fashion Tassels Chocker
“The necklace featuring tassels detail. Rolo chain. Adjustable clasp. High polish.”
#5 Slogan Jewellery
Remember the Moschino runway and how it thrives on the use of cartoon characters or commercial brands? Do you also remember when this vision was placed into the unconventional … with phone cases and perfume bottles appearing in the most unlikely forms? Well, darlings, designers have taken note. Whilst some thrive on this mindset such as Lulu Guinness and her iconic lips, other designers are entering this whole new cute and quirky atmosphere. This is costume jewellery in its very finest forms and they come in all shapes and forms. If you want to turn heads with the most divine accessorising this is your way to do it.
Women’s Kate Spade New York ‘Thing We Love – Cupcake’ Stud Earrings
“Swarovski crystal-encrusted cupcakes make the perfect sweet topper for any outfit on glimmering stud earrings that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.”
Amore Slogan Necklace
#6 Midi Rings
Midi rings bring out the finest in anyone. For example, I would never find myself wearing rings, just out of personal preference, but this new design that sits discreetly in the middle of your finger make wearing them (without knowing they are there), desirable. While many decorate their hands in rings, this is one trend I have never fallen in love with, until now. These rings are simple jewellery essentials in design and require minimal effort when coordinating with your outfit.
Women’s Gorjana ‘G Ring’ Midi Rings (Set of 3)
“Beautiful blush gold encompasses a set of three simple midi rings perfect for stacking together and with others.”
Miles Midi Rings in Gold
“Mix up your hand party with elements of global charm. The Miles midi rings feature a dynamic array of golden details to embellish any outfit.”
#7 Body Chains
Now I know we aren’t exactly in the most desirable season when it comes to talking about body chains, but we are talking about 2016 essentials after all. If you find yourself on a beach at all this year you need to take this once piece of advice – work this trend. With a bikini, body chains are absolutely flawless and bring the chicest looks to the finest destinations. While these jewellery essentials are a little out of the ordinary and experimental, you must not forget they ultimately fail-proof and, therefore, a wardrobe staple.
Gorjana Bali Body Chain Necklace
“This delicate yet dramatic body chain drapes entirely around the torso to flaunt the figure with shimmering gold.”
Passiana Barred Body Chain
“This fantasy body chain makes a bold statement. The centre layer is 20 inches long and has 7 gold squares, each about 3/4 inch wide. The necklace has a lobster-claw clasp and is crafted in gold plated brass.”
What are your favourite jewellery essentials and trends for the new year? Although there are not many people out there that find themselves in love with every single one of these jewellery pieces this is the year for experimentation, encouragement and most of all confidence.
Whilst no one asks you to get rid of your favourite jewellery pieces (they always come back in trend), simply add to them. Buy the pieces you would never imagine yourself wearing and be daring enough to embrace them. Hello, new year!