Chain, Chain, Chain
Think you have to wear lots of glitz and glitter to look like a lady? It’s an idea that’s ingrained into us all from a pretty early age, but the truth is, if you want to look like a classy, polished, adult lady, lots of glitter and sequins can sometimes have the opposite effect – go overboard and you can end up looking like a middle school nightmare rather than the glamorous woman you’d hoped.
An easy solution to that terrible problem? Forgo the glitter once in awhile – not always, but once in awhile – and sport a simpler kind of bangle that still looks cool and trendy, and will definitely not get you mistaken for an overdressed tween. Basic chain jewelry has been making a comeback recently and I’m so on board with this new fad – it’s unpretentious and easy to pull off, but also somehow stunning. And luckily, my local thrift has had an abundance of gorgeous chains on display lately, so I was able to spot a couple of great options to go with just about any kind of outfit. A simple silver strand, with just one long piece made up of shiny links strung together, is so easy to wear it really should be a staple in any girl’s wardrobe – you can literally throw this necklace on with absolutely anything you own. On the right, a more complicated, layered piece in a darker brass metal is equally fun to wear and will pair well with dressier looks.
Dress them up or down – you really can’t lose. I always love an accessory that it’s impossible to wear in any “wrong” way – not that you can really wear anything wrongly as long as you wear it with attitude – which is one reason I was so excited when I spotted these chain necklaces at my local Goodwill recently. And just to show you how easy these metal chain necklaces are to wear, I’ve chosen two outfits to pair them with this week – two dresses, one more casual but still work-appropriate, the other a little fancier and fit for more formal occasions. The essentially neutral metal materials of the accessories mean either chain would really pair just fine with either ensemble. But in my mind, the long, simple silver chain would look just perfect with the gray knit dress, while the bronze layered chain would look divine with the turquoise dress – the layers are ideally suited to sit right in the v-neck. With some black tights and ankle booties or heels and a messy up-do, both of these looks are ready to impress in a flash!
Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer. Follow her on twitter.