Off-duty activities call for a more casual look, but who says you can’t be comfortable and still look chic when you’re site-seeing on vacation, meeting friends for a drink, or enjoying Sunday brunch on the patio of your favorite restaurant? When you want to leave home without yoga pants or shorts, you can add a pair of vintage earrings to a casual outfit and shine with style this summer. Just don’t forget your hat and sunglasses! Click through to see a large selection of 1920s to 1950s earrings here on the TruFaux Jewels website.
I started this collection of ensembles to enter a recent Polyvore contest which invited members to submit their favorite weekend looks. After entering three sets, I realized that I had created a style that works just as well for off-duty activities during the week. Many of these outfits, which I’ve named Casual Chic, are based on jeans and a tee shirt, but you’ll also find a few trousers with tops, sun dresses, and denim skirts sprinkled in. I used earrings as the only jewelry accessory to maintain a cool and comfortable look. Because I adore the range of colors in vintage costume jewelry, I also wanted to illustrate how a pair of earrings can work with/play off of other accessories to form outfits in unusual yet pleasing color combinations.
While the clothing and non-jewelry accessories are currently on the market, you may already have pieces like them in your closet. Although the emphasis of this collection is casual chic, the colorful vintage earrings shown here are stylish and versatile: this jewelry can also transform office and evening wear from ordinary to extraordinary. I hope this collection inspires you to express your personal style with vintage costume jewelry.
The outfits presented below are in slide-show format. If you like a particular outfit and want to see the detailed descriptions, just click on the image to be transferred to the Polyvore site.
Read my blog post Paper Dolls for Grown-Ups, if you’re interesting in finding out how this platform works.
As usual, I didn’t win. If you were a contest judge, would you have awarded any of these sets a prize?