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Styling Tips

  • Summer earrings

    Summer Earrings to Stay Cool, Look Chic

    The summer season is nearly upon us. To keep me cool and comfortable while temperatures rise, I dress in mainly cottons and linens. Although I tend to wear the same colors all year-round, I do have some summer-only clothes, shoes, and handbags. Even when the heat sets in, I still want to look fashionable whenever I leave the house. So, I also shift my jewelry to lighter pieces, in terms of colors, materials, and motifs.

    When I think of summer colors, I think of white, of course, as well as coral, turquoise, pale jade, spring green, yellow, and other pastels. I also like red as an accent. When I put together this month’s styling tips, I focused on summer earrings – pieces that reflect the lightness of the season. I also looked for some that just say “fun”. Let’s see if you agree.

    Casual Looks with Pants

    Summer earrings paired with pants outfit in warm colors
    Pants outfit in cool colors with black Bakelite & diamante earrings

    On the left is col.or.ful, an outfit adorned with these Lipstick-Red Glass & Diamanté Drop Earrings from the 1920s. This pair, which has ear wires with lever-backs for pierced ears, is light and easy to wear. I don’t know where the term lipstick red came from, but I know it when I see it, and you will, too. The bright red in the earrings complements the bright red cardigan. These hues are from warm palettes (colors with yellow or gold undertones).

    The outfit on the left – WEEKEND Style – shows a cool palette in red, white, and black. (These hues have blue undertones.) The Black Bakelite & Diamanté Dangle Earrings, also from the 1920s, are embellished with a silver-painted design and inlaid stones. These earrings have screw-backs that can be modified for pierced ears. This pair is also exceptionally light-weight and versatile.

    Casual Looks with Dresses

    Casual dress in warm tones with apple juice celluloid Art Deco drop earrings
    Casual dress in cool colors with crystal & sapphire bead Art Deco earrings


    Brunch Style
    , on the left, features a dress, espadrilles, and bag in warm hues. This ensemble may be suitable for a business-casual workplace. The Apple Juice Celluloid Drop Earrings are long with beads that dangle inside the hoops. Length was essential in earrings of the 1920s, when this pair was made, and it doesn’t disappoint at 2 ½”. Made from celluloid, an early plastic that allowed designers to venture into more unusual colors, these screw-back earrings are incredibly light-weight and can be modified for pierced ears.

    On the right, casual LUXE shows an outfit in one of my favorite combinations of cool hues: black and blue. The Sapphire & Crystal Pendant Earrings are delicate and 2 ½” long. The tear-drop-shaped beads have just the right amount of color to enliven this outfit. These screw-backs can be modified for pierced ears.

    Dressier Looks

    Navy sheath paired with warm colored accessories, including green bead Czech chandelier earrings
    Black & white dressy ensemble with white Machine Age earrings

    Here are two examples of earrings that can be worn with a myriad of outfits, from casual to evening wear. I’ve chosen two looks that work for the office and afterward. On the left, a navy dress is the centerpiece in DAY TO NIGHT. I’ve added colors from the warm palettes: these Green Bead Czech Chandelier Earrings, a shawl in a similar hue, and a wonderful, colorful beaded bag. These 2 ½”-long earrings have sterling posts for pierced ears and are exceptionally elegant.

    On the right is classic BLACK & WHITE, another of my favorite cool-palette color combinations. The beads in the Milk Glass Bead, Diamanté & Gold Earrings harmonize with the shape and pattern of the bag. Both play off of the dress pattern. The beads in these 1940s ear clips by Miriam Haskell are connected to disks of the same material with rhinestone rondelles in gold-tone wire. This construction allows the elements to move, an essential characteristic of Machine Age designs. Ear clips can be worn by women with or without pierced ears.

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  • Green costume jewelry for spring

    Go Green for Spring with Vintage Jewels!

    Spring is here! So, let’s look at green, the color that symbolizes the growth and renewal of this season. Green is between yellow and blue on the color wheel, which means you’ll find many hues, from blue-based (cool) forest and emerald to yellow-based (warm) mint and sea foam. Because I’ve…

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  • Hobe brooches add romance to an outfit

    Find Romance with Hobé Brooches

    With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, romance is in the air. Everyone is thinking about roses and the color red. But I’ve decided to offer a different take on romance, with Hobé brooches. Pieces from the late 1930s through the 1940s by the incredible jewelry designer William Hobé…

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  • Jewelry gift ideas for the Classic style woman

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Classic Woman

    If you’ve read my post What’s Your Fashion Personality? and now want some jewelry gift ideas for the classic style woman, this article is for you. She is balanced – i.e., in between yin and yang in terms of physical and behavioral traits – but has more yin. The Classic…

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  • Jewelry gifts for women with Aristocratic style

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Aristocratic Woman

    With the holidays approaching, my posts have focused on tips for choosing the perfect jewelry gifts for women, based on each one’s personality. The first article in this series – What’s Your Fashion Personality – describes the physical and behavioral traits of each style. This piece focuses on the elegant,…

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  • Jewelry gifts for her - the creative woman

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Creative Woman

    Need some guidance in gift-giving this holiday season? I’ve been writing about reading a woman’s personality to find clues for choosing the right jewelry. My first post in this series – What’s Your Fashion Personality? – describes the six personality styles. I’ve written about the Romantic and the Dramatic. This piece…

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  • Meaningful jewelry gifts for the dramatic personality

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Dramatic Woman

    My earlier post What’s Your Fashion Personality describes the six personality styles that will help you choose the perfect holiday gift for an important woman in your life. This article focuses on the Dramatic woman:  she is confident, strong, and sophisticated. Let me tell you about the clothes this yang…

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  • Romantic jewelry - unique gifts for women

    Vintage Jewelry Gifts for the Romantic Woman

    Finding the perfect holiday gift for an important woman in your life can be challenging. But if you know how to read her personality, you’ll have many clues that will help you make the right choice. My previous post – What’s Your Fashion Personality? – describes the six personality styles.…

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  • How to Wear a Double-clip Brooch

    Last month I introduced you to the dress clip brooch – a two-in-one jeweled accessory that made its debut in the 1930s. Because you can wear this type of jewelry as a brooch or as separate clips, it is as versatile today as it was decades ago. Now that autumn’s…

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  • Navy Dress Accessories

    Navy Dress Accessories: 7 Ways to Adorn Your Little Navy Dress

    Navy blue is one of the few colors that every woman can wear, all year-round. A little navy dress is a great wardrobe staple, because you can create a myriad of outfits simply by changing the accessories. In the summer, adding a lightweight jacket or cardigan paired with lightweight and…

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