It can happen to any of us - you wake up in the maturity of your life to find that you own a piece or two of really REAL jewelry - the kind of stuff that requires a special mention on your home owner's insurance. The kind of stuff that could be flogged in an auction, or pawned in a moment of spite.
I find that after I've pulled together a few outfits for a particular theme, the "ensemble" of garments and accessories almost always make a wonderful travel capsule wardrobe. You can see another 8 outfits (at least) hidden in this grouping. And note that I re-used shoes and trousers here, to demonstrate the versatility of well-designed, classic neutral items.
But instead, you decide that this stuff is really quite beautiful, and you'd like to wear it more often. Much the wisest course, I'd say.
Before you get carried away, however, let's address a couple of serious (and frivolous) essentials:
- Make ABSOLUTELY sure that your goodies are insured. Ask a lot of questions about deductibles, conditions of when and where you were when the item might vanish etc. You don't want to find out that your insurance in invalid if you're at a sporting event, or in a foreign country, or eating Thai food...
- And be COMPLETELY certain that you can face the possible loss of this jewelry with equanimity. If losing an earring is going to make you cry for 3 days, then wear these things around your home and enjoy the heck out of them in a place where they're completely secure. On the other hand, if you could be just fine with insurance money, drag these babies out and give them some air and sunlight!
- Accept that, unless you want to be on a very unflattering reality television show, you should NOT be wearing these lovelies to the gym, camping, or any other place where jeans or sweat suits are the standard. While we're going to dress things down a notch, there's a limit beyond which fine jewelry might be awkward. Unless you would be happy wearing these to the gym, in which case, ignore me. Your happiness is the only issue here!
So how to break these gems out of their rut?
Beautiful jewelry really stands out over a sweater and floral skirt, or a sweater and silk pants. Silk pants elevate the dressiness factor of ANYTHING.
Your simplest solid dress will change completely with this jewelry. And a very ordinary black sweater and skirt become suddenly much more amazing with the right earrings and/or pendant.
Dress up a beautiful silk blouse, or a simple, classic cardigan with your gorgeous jewels.
Accent a gorgeous 2-piece dress with the earrings, or let the pendant shine again a simple top and wool trousers.
Floral top and skirt – Pied a Terre, slingback pumps – Trotters, ruby and amethyst earrings – Paolo
Costagli, ruby and amethyst pendant – Luxury Bazaar, black driving loafers – Tod’s, red tee shirt –
Smash, black wool trousers – Jaeger
|Open-collar blouse – Episode, Floral top - Pied a Terre, ruby and amethyst earrings – Paolo Costagli,|
black v-neck sweater – Uniqlo, red tee shirt – Smash, lambswool turtleneck – Uniqlo, Red sweater
dress – Hobbs, ruby and amethyst pendant – Luxury Bazaar, tunic sweater – Missoni, purple
cardigan – Uniqlo, skirt – Pied a Terre, printed skirt – Finders Keepers, boots – Nina, black driving
loafers – Tod’s, ballet flats – Sofft, slingback pumps – Trotters, black silk skirt – Helmut Lang, silk
trousers – Piamita, black wool trousers – Jaeger