On Adding A Touch of Sparkle…
We would like to give a warm welcome to our guest blogger of the week, Sophie Atkinson from www.theshirtcompany.com. The Shirt Company are experts in women’s blouses and shirts making it so easy to find THAT perfect white shirt. Sophie kindly lets us know her top tips for pairing your favourite shirts with jewellery to add that added oomph to your ensemble.
If you’re a creative soul, you probably love minimal clothes. A white shirt is like a blank canvas – it’s far easier to add personal touches to a plain shirt (your favourite lipstick, a delicate necklace, a fun scarf) and style it to reflect your personality than it is with that zany high street dress that everyone’s bought that clashes with every pair of shoes you own and means you have to spend all night at a house party hiding from your five other style doppelgangers.
We don’t think minimalism has to equal plain – in fact, we’re complete magpies at The Shirt Company HQ and if it sparkles, we’ve probably bought it!
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (THAT MEANS DAYTIME, TOO)
On Valentine’s Day last year, I had an enormous, stonking argument with my boyfriend about diamonds. Ladies – judge me not – I wasn’t browbeating him into a proposal or anything. My other half simply made the mistake of confessing that he’d been thinking about buying me a fabulous, glamorous diamond necklace, but had then asked himself, where would I wear it?
My jaw dropped. The depressing thing is, my boyfriend’s not alone in thinking like this. So many women seem to think you need to be an Oscar winner to wear a diamond necklace or have tickets to the opera.
Are we in 2013 or 1813? Diamonds are classic – just like blue jeans, white shirts, and that little black dress you’ve worn to death. They’re tasteful, never showy, and as such, are just the thing for daytime attire as well as evening. So promise me this: buy yourself diamonds (because really, again, it’s 2013, so we shouldn’t really be waiting for our boyfriends to do it for us) and wear them to the office tomorrow, with your favourite work shirt. Plus I promise you they’re not the mortgaging-your-house price you might assume them to be if you haven’t bought diamonds before – I usually try The Diamond Store for great pieces that cater for any and every budget.
CONSIDER THE NECKLINE
As with yoga, Buddhism, and carrying your work bag, gym kit and shopping bags all the way home when you miss the bus, great styling’s all about balance. A simple neckline goes well with more ornate, decorative jewellery. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that a frilled or ruffled neckline has to be worn without jewellery. Even statement shirts look lovely with a simple chain – a small diamond simply accentuates the glamour that the neckline introduces. Something like this gorgeously simple necklace will add a subtle sparkle to pretty much any outfit, no matter how ornate.
TRUST YOUR GUT
Styling rules are useful, but ultimately fashion should be fun and a way of saying ‘Hey World, this is what I’m about’. If you love classic style, don’t be swayed by magazine editorials – rock that discrete diamond, that thin chain. Equally, if you’re loud, lively and love strong, bold pieces, go for ‘em. Isn’t the beauty of jewellery is that it’s such an intensely personal thing? So ditch the rules and load up on multiple bangles or three different necklaces of varying lengths, if that’s what you’re into, or the most lovely, subtle chain.
Still stuck for inspiration? Check out our favourite pics from across the web of some lovely shirts worn with even lovelier jewellery.
Street style from Stockholm.
A discrete diamond cross and shirt combo, courtesy of Elle Spain.
From the Veronique Branquinho Spring/Summer 2013 collection, models wore bracelets at the tops of their arms.
Vogue Paris, September 2013
Layering different length necklaces.
A sultry take on the trend.
(Left-right) Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, Nicky Hilton, Elizabeth Olsen all rock the look.