5 ways to build up your jewellery collectionâ€”plus the 5 pieces every woman must own.
When building up your jewellery wardrobe, remember: itâ€™s not so much about the size of your collection as it is about the love you have for each of the individual pieces. And while selecting a new addition doesnâ€™t necessarily begin with trends, adding a statement necklace that you scored on sale can be just as rewarding as donning your grandmotherâ€™s pearl earringsâ€”if you select the right match.
For expert advice on your summer fashion shopping needs, we chatted with Michael Fisher, a celebrity stylist with Starworks Artists, about how to build up a jewellery collection of high and low pieces that you love just the same.
Summer jewellery shopping tip: Strategic shopping
While we tend to think of any shopping trip as a victorious one (we grew up watching Cher Horowitz, after all), end-of-summer purchases especially should have a long-term purpose to them. Sagely summer shopping deciding factor? â€śAnything you can pull forward into fall,â€ť advises Fisher. His transitional go-to piece is a heavy bicycle chain necklaceâ€”whether itâ€™s metal, powder-coated or enameled. â€śThe newest ones have stations of color or mixed metal,â€ť he says. Pretty and punk.
Summer jewellery shopping tip: Transitional pieces
Think of your jewellery collection as an #armparty with a curated guest list of your favourite pieces (and it wouldnâ€™t hurt to stock up with bracelets from summer sales). â€śYou can mix and layer them in with Fall/Winter pieces,â€ť says Fisher. â€śThis is also a great way to create a signature look by mixing in the pieces youâ€™ve cultivated over time.â€ť For summer fashion inspiration, look to the pile of colourful bangles stacked on wrists of runway models at Fendiâ€™s Spring/Summer 2012 show.
Summer jewellery shopping tip: Timeless pieces
Thereâ€™s just something inherently adult about acquiring (or inheriting) signature high-end jewellery piecesâ€”and mixing them up with your favourite less expensive costume pieces for a polished and well-rounded look. Fisherâ€™s picks for jewellery that never ceases to lose its gilded edge? â€śA classic vintage investment watch (Rolex, Cartier, Omega), CĂ©line cuff, Cartier Love bracelet and a signet pinky ring.â€ť
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