Is it my imagination, or am I seeing a LOT of black and white lately? I know it’s a classic, and always popular in Spring, but this year, it’s really speaking to me. Which got me thinking. I have always loved the look. You know I love stripes, and gingham, both of which come in black and white, of course. But I really love the idea of black and white together as separates.
Remember when just a couple of years ago the big trend in jewelry was the “statement necklace”? Big, chunky necklaces that stood out because they were oversized. One was all you needed. Well, now, it’s the opposite! Layered jewelry is the look of the moment. The necklaces are delicate and are usually combined in twos and threes for a statement, but one that is more subtle than what you get with one large necklace. The thing that I love about this look is it’s ability to go anywhere and be worn with anything. They are at once dressy but casual, edgy but classic. They look equally good with a dress, a suit, or a t-shirt and jeans. In fact, I love them best with a white men’s style shirt and loose distressed boyfriend jeans. The jewelry dresses up the casualness of the jeans, while the jeans take the necklaces down so they don’t come off too dressy. To help you get an idea of the look, here are a few photos to inspire.
Stripes… I love them. In all shapes, sizes, colors. I can’t get enough. I have always loved them, but I have to say, Pinterest has renewed my interest of late. There is no shortage of amazing outfits on Pinterest in which stripes play a part. They can be very “Parisian” looking, thin stripes of black and white with adorable, skinny capri pants or they can be patriotic if they are red and white (or navy and white) and are worn with the opposite color, or they look especially great when paired with a pop of color in the shoe and a blazer or denim jacket. They are basic. They are classic. And they never go out of style! For the love of stripes here are some inspiration pins (I think you will see what I am talking about)…..
Vintage jewelry is so beautiful and something I have always loved. And though I have a fair amount of vintage chains, some lockets and old watch fobs, only recently did I discover the beauty of vintage Chanel jewelry, in particular. After seeing some in an antique jewelry store in Santa Barbara a couple of years ago, I have been oohing and aahing over photos of Chanel jewelry on Pinterest ever since! Though I love both the necklaces and the bracelets, it is the bracelets that have really captured my heart!