11 March 2016

Bold Jewelry or Bold Clothing?

When it comes to shopping and styling outfits, I'm regularly drawn more towards clothing that makes a statement, rather than accessories that make a statement. I could cite plenty of examples, such as my bright green jeans, cherry print skirt, purple jeans, green wiggle dress, batik tunic, etc. My jewelry collection is quite minimal--I have a small pouch of earrings, a couple little boxes that special necklaces are packed in so that they don't get tangled, and a small tupperware container with the rest of the bracelets and necklaces (hey, tupperware is just a reality of life when you've moved internationally a few times. No more investing in large jewelry cases for me.).

This outfit is an exception. I bought this dress for my college graduation. For some reason, I was thinking I ought to go with a really demure, understated look for that occasion. I don't really know why. If I had to do it again, I'd probably get something colorful and quirky and retro from Modcloth (I've never bought anything from them, but my sisters do and they always have the cutest dresses!). This dress is lovely, but very plain, and for that reason I haven't worn it frequently. It seemed to be an appropriate choice for the wedding we attended this weekend, though, so I brought it out again, this time, with the addition of a "statement" accessory, this network of gold chains. I liked that it worked well to spice up an outfit that otherwise feels a bit plain.

I also got some photos with the rest of the family, because it's practically a law that you have to take family photos when you're all dressed up at the same time:

Yeah, that's 'dressing up' for Angel. If there's anything he hates, it's being hot and wearing uncomfortable clothes, so in this climate, that's about as dressy as he gets.

What about you? Do you go more for the bold clothing with minimal jewelry, or neutral, practical clothing spiced up with jewelry?
Sharlee said...

I love everything about that dress/jewelry! You look AMAZING! It's so "you" and completely stunning!

Sharlee said...

I love everything about that dress/jewelry! You look AMAZING! It's so "you" and completely stunning!

Suzanne said...

Like you I prefer statement pieces all the time so it is hard to match jewellery to statement pieces.

I love this look! So unique.

The photo of your family is wonderful.


AnneMarie said...

I love that dress!!! It's awesome, and you look gorgeous! The gold chains are pretty cool, too, and a neat way to spice up the outfit :)

I am definitely a "bold clothing" kind of girl; I love to wear unique pieces, and even though I own a small amount of jewelry, I don't wear it often-I just prefer the look of my outfits without jewelry many times! There are occasions when I like wearing more neutral outfits and throwing on a bright or crazy scarf to jazz things up, too.

Michelle said...

I love that dress on you! It looks amazing. Also--I'm a huge fan of Modcloth dresses.

I'm a neutral clothes/statement jewelry kind of person. Except I rarely wear jewelry other than my wedding rings.

Ali Hval said...

The collar on that dress is gorgeous--as is the pattern and color. Seriously, you look so classy and like a beautiful princess. And that statement jewelry is the neatest. I don't know what to call it myself... but it adds to your royal look. :)

Patti said...

That's a completely gorgeous dress - how great that you've given it a new look with that amazing necklace. Thanks so much for sharing,


Tayler Morrell said...

I love that dress!! And your necklace really dresses it up very nicely

Witchcrafted Life said...

Coco Chanel might not approve, but I say, why not both (if so desired)? Sometimes, more is more and there isn't a thing in the universe wrong with that. :)

That said, If I had to pick between just one (sooo hard), I'd probably say bold jewelry, but ask me again tomorrow and I may have a different answer.

Your dress seriously rocks! What a glamorous outfit!

♥ Jessica

Kezzie said...

You look so pretty! I do a combination of things although I don't do BIG jewellery (except brooches), but I do do statement as in quirky (as in why are you wearing a dinosaur skeleton round your neck!??!!)x