The dire global economy has taught me if nothing else, the essence in making a dollar stretch. With the resurgence of costume, beaded and vintage jewelry, there is a lot women can choose from; and if your picky like me then you can agree this is sheer PROGRESS! However, not everyone can wrap their minds around ‘Celeb Jeweler to the Stars’ (ahem Jlo) Harry Winston diamonds, while on a two-to-three digit budget.
Jennifer Lopez at the 2011 Golden Globes in Harry Winston diamond earrings
So, what can we do to obtain accessories that would deem us ‘Red Carpet Ready’?
If searching for ‘shine’ for a special occasion or just because glamour should have been your middle name, you can add this element via rhinestones and crystal jewelry. These embellishments add just as much sparkle as diamond, without the expensive price tag. Don’t think that rhinestones and crystals lack in the color department; as they’re available in a variety of dazzling hues to suit your personal style.
A key tip to remember when accessorizing on a budget is to include one bold accessory at a time, (please avoid the “Mr. T” look here).
Piling on rhinestones or crystals especially on more than one area of the body (i.e. neck, finger, ear, wrist) puts you on the fine line between chic and…….well…….cheesy. If ‘bling’ is not your thing, try opting for a necklace in bold colors.
If you are shy or hesitant when it comes to colors, picking a “bold statement” necklace in muted colors and pairing it against a bright color shirt, camisole or dress, for contrast, still gives you chic style.
With these tips in mind, embrace the value of cheap and chic accessories that can accommodate your price range.