We love a bit of bling right? It adds that sparkle to any outfit, and whether you are in a little black dress or just your jammas, the simplest of accessories can make all the difference. Summer time is the easiest time to add in accessories, even if you are a bit allergic to the over the top look, or a statement necklace. I have to say I really detest the term statement necklace; there really is no such thing.
Every kind of necklace makes a statement depending on how you wear it. A bit of good news for you though, is that you don't need a full drawer of pieces to get the look for this season. There are just a few bits and pieces you need to mix and match with every single thing you have in the wardrobe. And we have our pick of which ones you can get your hands on right now!
A few pieces of advice on the accessorising thing. Less is definitely more. We tend to overload our looks with jewellery and sometimes it can overwhelm the outfit and take away from the aesthetic you are trying to achieve. So take a leaf from Coco Chanel's book and take off the last item of jewellery you put on. Sticking to tones and colours that match the main palette of your closet is best; that way you won't struggle to match your pieces to your clothes.
If you are like me and have neutral wardrobe full of white, black, beige and grey, then a little colour will add to my personal style. One thing I do love for summer holidays are anklets. Pick the plainest of flip flops or summer espadrilles, and add some sparkle to your ankles. You can also accessories your beachwear (Beyoncé loves a gold belly chain so she does); bangles and long chains look fab with swimwear. And if you are lazing by the pool, you can wear your oversize jewel earrings.
There are some amazing pieces on the shop floors right now, and pop along to shops like Parfois and Accessorize who have always stocked very affordable, but trendy accessories. Focus on getting about eight pieces; one long necklace, a larger more decorative necklace, a bangle, two chain bracelets, two rings and earrings. If you pack these eight pieces for your holidays you will need no more!
Although I love perusing shops on holidays for nice new pieces to add to my collection. If you happen to be visiting Spain or Portugal this year, check out Bijou Brigette which has lots of accessories under €20!
So what do you think? Is less more when it comes to accessories?