From Dolce to the Dorm Room: How to Modernize Old-school Jewels

With Fall comes the inevitable dusting off of old jackets and sweaters. However, when bundling ourselves in wool and layers, it is easy to lose the details and accessories that summer dressing affords. However, fear not!  Many of the fall/winter collections feature Old-Hollywood jewels and ornate embellishments that beautified even the most simple of outfits.

Statement necklaces can be used to accessorize a simple outfit of jeans and a t-shirt, or conversely, a little black dress. Although they may seem scarily conspicuous at first, statement necklaces are surprisingly versatile and provide a little something extra than the ordinary.

From left: ASOS, Dolce and Gabbana, H&M.
From left: H&M, Dolce and Gabbana, ASOS.

Or if you find a necklace a little too bold, a gemstone bracelet from Topshop provides a more subtle salute to the trend.

For a nighttime look, a bejeweled clutch is a practical but fashionable addition. For styles similar to Dolce and Gabbana’s F/W 2014 clutch, look to Accessorize or Target and stay glam with money to spare.

From left: Accessorize, Dolce and Gabbana, Target
From left: Accessorize, Dolce and Gabbana, Target

However, this trend does not necessarily have to be worn as overtly feminine.  Instead, as seen in Phoebe Philo’s Celine show, a single oversized earring was paired with  structured masculine coats to soften the harshness. Statement earrings are more understated and can effortlessly transition from day to night, and coats to cocktail dresses.

From left: Dolce and Gabbana, ASOS, Accessorize, Accessorize
From left: Dolce and Gabbana, ASOS, Accessorize, Accessorize

Jyo Fernandes is a contributing writer. Email her at bstyle@nyunews.com.

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