Bold accessories are like instant chic. They can elevate any outfit from the mundane to the marvelous. Part distraction, and part camouflage, an eye catching piece of jewelry can even transform your favorite pair of tattered sweatpants from loungewear to date wear. As a child of the ’80’s, I have long been a fan of bold accessories. I still remember a pair of gold and silver Rococoesque earrings from Ylang Ylang that were my “go-to” for an instant shot of confidence. I would throw them on whenever I needed to feel like a slightly better version of myself.
And really, that is the best thing about bold accessories. They boost your confidence, and allow you to try on a different version of yourself. They’re also easy. Because bold accessories tend to be big, you don’t really need anything else. And honestly, removing one less decision from your morning routine is a total stress reliever. So, here are a few of my favorite bold accessories that won’t break the bank:
Rings with Heft
A fantastic, oversized ring is a super simple way to spice up your wardrobe. I tend to wear my big rings on my middle finger. It’s more comfortable and it makes me feel like a super hero. Below are two of my favorites:
This gold tone ring with ceramic insert by Etro is what I love to call “classic with a twist”. Oversized, but with simple lines and the most basic color palate, this ring will go with anything from your black cocktail dress to your ripped jeans.
If you aren’t familiar with the work of Dinosaur Designs, they make amazing jewelry and homeware, mostly in resin. Lightweight and incredibly comfortable, their rings come in every color of the rainbow. And though I adore the vibrant blues and oranges, I love this Dark Horn resin stone ring because it’s both versatile and timeless. Doesn’t it look like something that Mamma T-Rex might have worn? Bold accessories at their best.
Bracelets Are Easiest of Bold Accessories
I fell in love with oversized bracelets the first time that I saw Elsa Peretti’s “Bone Cuff” in the window of Tiffany’s in Chicago when I was still in grade school. Seriously, you could put that sucker on with your pajamas and be the most stylish woman in any room. Same with the bracelets below by Dinosaur Designs.
The turquoise one is the Long Resin Volcanic Bangle and the black one is the Extra Long Resin Bangle. How fabulous would it be to wear one of those black cuffs on each wrist? And if you want something a little more earthy, I love this horn bangle bracelet by Ralph Lauren.
Bold accessories are really wearable art. Especially the statement necklace. Since it rests on the center of your chest, a statement necklace makes you the canvas. It has the ability to hide a myriad of sins such as an aging neck or sun spots on the chest while upping your “chic” factor to boiling. Personally, I tend to prefer either a choker or something long (this is probably due to my big boobs) so here are two of my favorites:
This large pendant necklace by Etro comes in a few different colors, but I thought this blue was really striking. And I since I adore coral, I had to include this Classic Resin Coral Fan Choker by Dinosaur Designs.
’80’s Earrings Are Back
As someone who has always had short hair, I have always loved big earrings so these earrings by Annie Costello Brown are right in my wheelhouse. Not only are they incredibly beautiful, but they’re a really fun way to punch up your wardrobe: