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With Halloween being over, you probably have your own cache of things to sort through. If you had time to DIY a costume, there is a chance that you have an outfit to piece apart or save for next year. Those with one of those thin, overpriced nylon costumes might opt to just donate. But if you used jewelry in your outfits, you might be perplexed. It is most likely going to be inexpensive, aptly named costume jewelry.Before you decide to toss out those sparkly pieces, however, you could try and re-imagine these pieces in your daily wear. When you wore your pieces, they might have made a standout outfit. Anne Hathaway, dressed in a modern Elizabeth Taylor inspired Cleopatra, chose to layer on belts, bangles, necklaces, and a tiara. The first way to do this is by sorting out the jewelry by use. When wearing a simple dress, the belt alone can be the only jewelry item worn. Likewise, think a demure pant and chic crisp shirt if you want to wear a tiara.
Before you decide to toss out those sparkly pieces, however, you could try and re-imagine these pieces in your daily wear. When you wore your pieces, they might have made a standout outfit. Anne Hathaway, dressed in a modern Elizabeth Taylor inspired Cleopatra, chose to layer on belts, bangles, necklaces, and a tiara. The first way to do this is by sorting out the jewelry by use. When wearing a simple dress, the belt alone can be the only jewelry item worn. Likewise, think a demure pant and chic crisp shirt if you want to wear a tiara.
Outfits that use jewelry that is more simple, like Heidi Klum as a Grandmother and another Model doing her best Frida Kahlo, can make for an easy use after Halloween. Pearls, often used in formal occasions, can be put together with nearly any outfit to give an elegant look. Hoop earrings can easily sway either way, putting themselves in looks that are both refined and casual. So before you either toss out those Halloween accessories or layer all of them on again, take a breath and try things out – hopefully after your last sugar rush wears off.
2) Bold Shapes : The Latest Tokyo Style
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Within Tokyo, a fashion show happened. But it wasn't the one within the designer showcase that some of the most innovative styles were found. On the streets outside of the venue, a collection of locals, travelers, and simple admirers were found. The theme of the street style was about having a playful approach to dressing, common within the realms of Tokyo style. Shoes were chunky and laced, while hair was colorful and vibrant. Regarding jewelry, there was one pattern found often – geometric and bold shapes.
Necklaces in particular seemed to be a favorite in showing this trend. A strand of triangles, golden and linked, allow a simplicity to a young woman. Wearing a wide brimmed hat, her outfit brings a modern touch to a traditionally feminine look. Citing the craze of fishnets, another fashion show attendee pairs a chunky heart necklace and change up the punk look into one with a touch of sweetness. Lastly a tassel rope, often seen slung on curtains, adorns a neck of a fashionable person in a loose fit jacket.
One way to take Tokyo style back is by trying to seek out pieces that are eye catching. From strong shapes that are geometric to items that would not normally be used, having a creative eye is the main theme for Tokyo. When trying to find your own unique style, don't be afraid to put together things that first might not seem like they work. You could end up settling on something that has that ideal balance of innovation and glamour you want to capture.
3) Circles : A Shape for Stylish Women
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As fall starts to come across the world, you could notice that style is changing. Hemlines are lowering, coats are getting fuller, and suits are being buttoned up. With all of that covering up from things getting colder, it is the ideal time to focus on accessories that can stand out despite all those layers. When looking to the styling of the best designs and fashionable women of Hollywood, we see that another theme is happening with jewelry : circles.
Some might be thin and delicate, like the singular one worn on a strand by Shailene Woodley. This pairs well with her pantsuit, and shows how easily this look could go from a day in the office to a night sipping wine. Demi Moore, wearing a little black dress and warm layers, puts on a chunky bright turquoise necklace with strands of pebble-esq shapes. That pop of color brings out a lighter side to the otherwise commonly darker fall wardrobe. Not to leave circles only on her polka-dot skirt, Jessica Alba uses them on her bracelet too. Stacking a number of golden bracelets, this simple touch offers beauty into a look that is still feminine and edgy, but youthful enough for an event.
Other ways to look into circles as a theme for your own jewelry is to look into pendant and rings for inspiration. Many gemstones, such as Opal and Pearl, are naturally done in circle shapes within jewelry. Their tendency to be in white, illustrious tones meant they can lift up a look any be matched to nearly anything. Seeking out pieces that can be worn year round, but still hit certain trends within culture, is the way you can start to build you your jewelry box one season at a time.
4) Super Sized Diamonds : The Case for Big Engagement Rings
Elizabeth Taylor's Engagement Ring from Richard Burton
Beyonce's Ring from Jay-Z
Part of nearly every engagement around the world all comes to a grand moment when trying to find a ring. Often left to the devices of men, but influenced by their love's preferences, engagement rings are chosen with a lot of care in mind. Part of the reason for being cautious is to get a yes (though the woman to turn to down her man based on the ring isn't common), but also because of the price point that many engagement rings come with.
Traditionally, engagement rings are of diamond. While that has not always been the case and is changing often, there is a certain aspect to a ring that one must confront – size. For some women, a big personality alone makes them seeking a ring. Elizabeth Taylor is one woman who still holds a place for what could be the largest, most flawless diamond. Not since legends came that anyone had seen such a statement. Not long after, the sapphire, diamond encircled ring by Princess Diana became famous not once, but twice when worn again by new Princess Kate Middleton. And then there is Beyonce, who had to show that she had put a ring on it and isn't shy to show it.
Having a diamond, even one of lower quality, is not a simple task. Save for those who happened upon a decent sized fortune, it isn't an easy task for the average woman to boast a larger ring. Because it is such a statement, however, there are ways to increase the size of a ring. One of them is to find a ring that has a larger stone, surrounded by others – similar in idea to Middleton's ring. The other option should you want one stone is to opt for a gemstone that isn't a diamond. Different gemstones, like white topaz and created emerald, can also be cut within shapes similar to traditional rings but are a fraction of the cost. Any quality piece, however, is likely to gain wealth over time.