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  • How to accessorize smart casual outfits

    From the Runway to Every Day

    If you think vintage costume jewelry is just for dressing up, think again! Yes, TruFaux Jewels walked the runway during Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. But the same pieces can add a touch of glamour to your everyday attire. This month’s styling tips show you how to accessorize smart casual outfits – all based on jeans – with jewels that were worn by runway models dressed in evening and bridal wear.

    As usual, I’ve put together outfits for both warm and cool color palettes. In case you haven’t yet experienced seasonal color analysis or read my article How to Find Your Best Colors, let me define these terms. Those who look best in colors with gold or yellow undertones are Autumns or Springs – warm palettes – according to seasonal color analysis. Cool palettes – colors with blue undertones – work best for those who are defined as Winters or Summers. Here are some examples to inspire you.

    Warm Colors

    Autumns’ colors are earthy, while Springs’ are like fresh flowers. These four outfits feature hues that both seasons share.

    The first outfit – Brunch Style features light-brown jeans, a cream top, and a patterned cardigan that combines these colors with green. I’ve added a 1920s choker with emerald square stones set in frames and a 1930s emerald and sterling line bracelet. This necklace looks best on your skin, above the neckline of your top. Just fold back the cardigan sleeves to expose your jeweled wrist. Brown loafers and a green bag with studs complete this ensemble.

    On the right, Dressing Made Easy is adorned with wonderful topaz, green tourmaline & diamanté ear clips by Christian Dior. Oval and round stones in variations of brown and green are accented with diamanté and encircled with textured, gold-tone, intertwined rope. I’ve complemented the browns with leopard-print jeans and added green ballerina flats with gold studs. A cream silk blouse and cream bag complete this simple, yet elegant look.

    On the left is Go Green, which features jeans and a tee in variations of brown. The multi-colored, striped cardigan has browns and green, so I’ve chosen emerald as the accent. These 1950s emerald ear clips with pearl and diamanté are nearly two-inches long. Their size, design, and rich hue make them a statement piece, so you don’t need any other jewelry. I also love the color of the suede shoes!

    Purple Power, on the right, shows purple corduroy jeans topped with a cream top and cardigan embellished with this lovely 1920s necklace with amethyst chicklets. The name chicklet is a modern term used for necklaces with faceted, square-cut stones that sit on metal mounts. A top that allows the necklace to sit on your skin, above the neckline, is the perfect way to wear this piece. Purple pointed-toe loafers and a cream leather tote complete the ensemble.

    Cool Colors

    Winters look best in vivid colors, while Summers’ hues are more muted. These four ensembles feature colors that both seasons share.

    Street Style, on the left, shows dark-grey jeans topped with a white tee and purple cardigan adorned with this 1920s necklace with amethyst chicklets. Yes, it is the same as the one in Purple Power, above. This particular hue can be worn with both warm and cool palettes. A top that allows the necklace to sit on your skin, above the neckline, is the perfect way to wear this piece. I love shoes, so I’ve added glen-plaid, pointed-toe ballerinas with grey velvet tips. A white tote completes this look.

    The outfit on the right – Flower Power – features beautiful 1950s diamanté and bead flower ear clips. Made by Miriam Haskell, they have beaded petals surrounding a large, faceted, round diamanté center. These earrings go with everything! Here I’ve carried the floral pattern to the cardigan and bag, just for fun. In case you haven’t noticed, I love to mix bright blue with black and white.

    For Green Piece, on the left, I’ve paired 1950s onyx and crystal bi-color bead ear clips with a 1930s emerald and sterling line bracelet. Its classic Art Deco design makes it an easy style to mix with jewelry from another decade. Simply fold back the cardigan sleeves to reveal your jeweled wrist. This hue is a lovely compliment to the black-and-white top and earrings.

    On the right, Winter Style shows black-and-white leopard-print jeans with a black tee and burgundy cardigan. This 1950s crystal and sterling Art Deco-style necklace is a variation of the chicklet. The faceted, square-cut stones are set at an angle, which increases their sparkle. I’ve added 1920s crystal chicklet earrings – their screw-backs can be modified for pierced ears. Black pointed-toe, suede ballerinas and a burgundy bag complete this ensemble.

    For More Jewels

    Visit the Seen on the Runway collection to see these and the other bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that were worn at the Fashion Week event. You can read about my experience there in my blog post: “Jewelry on the Runway: A Modern Take on Vintage”.

    For More Smart Casual Outfits

    You can see these and other jeans-based outfits styled with runway jewels here.

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  • Summer bracelets for casual, office and evening wear

    Summer Bracelets to Adorn You

    From ancient civilizations to the present day, bracelets have been one of the most popular forms of adornment. In addition to their role as decorative ornaments throughout history, they have served as protection, objects of religious significance, and expressions of wealth and power. I like to wear this type of…

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  • Summer necklaces

    Summer Necklaces: Colorful, Chic & Cool Jewels

    I love to play with color when I dress and when I prepare styling tips to share with you. Now that summer is here, I particularly enjoy putting together colorful outfits accessorized with equally colorful, yet lightweight jewels. Last month’s styling tips focused on earrings with these qualities, so this…

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  • Summer earrings

    Summer Earrings to Stay Cool, Look Chic

    The summer season is nearly upon those of us who live in the northern hemisphere. 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.…

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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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