The fastest way to update your wardrobe (no need to spend hours in the fitting room), jewelry can make all the difference to an outfit, and you don’t have to spend a fortune, either.
With a bit of know-how you can recreate impactful catwalk and celeb-inspired looks at high street prices. These are the trends to try now…
Choose a choker
Part of the seemingly never-ending Nineties revival, chokers have been adopted as the cool-girl necklace of 2016, and they’ve been seen on the Dior, Alexander Wang and Balmain catwalks too.
You’ve essentially got two choices here: go retro with a black velvet ribbon embellished with diamante detailing, or pair a wide fabric choker with a tube top for a Kendall and Gigi at Balmain homage.
Get hooked on earrings
The Oscar de la Renta show always sets the eveningwear agenda for the season, and most recently, creative director Peter Copping has decreed that long, jewel-encrusted earrings are the perfect pairing for gowns after dark, while over at Dolce & Gabbana, huge, colourful chandeliers grazed model’s shoulders.
The truth is, you can adopt the ‘more is more’ mantra day or night – giant, attention-seeking earrings are always the answer when faced with the old ‘I’ve got NOTHING to wear’ dilemma.
Give pearls a whirl
Forget delicate strings of tiny, milky beads, this season pearls are back and they’re bolder than ever, the biggest found swinging from model’s lobes at Marni.
There’s still a sense of restraint on the high street, however, as oversized pearls are spaced out on bar or jacket earrings, or gathered in threes on chunky rings – this is how to be a pearly queen now.
Reach for the stars
It was only a matter of time before the star and moon motifs so popular in the Nineties started appearing in the shops, but this time around, the celestially-inspired pieces are super-chic.
M&S has produced a gorgeously gothic range centred around crescent moons and bejeweled stars, while Portuguese designer Lia Goncalves’ latest collection, which features beautiful, crated-covered moons, is out of this world.
Enter the friend zone
If layering necklaces and adding stacks of rings is your thing, you’ll love the plethora of friendship bracelets on the high street this season.
From super-skinny and charm-laden, to beaded and tassel-embellished, don’t worry about matching these boho-tastic bracelets (or buying one for a friend), just load ’em up and go.
Get the look
Jenna Coleman wowed at the world premiere of ITV’s forthcoming series Victoria, in a look plucked straight from the Erdem AW16 catwalk. And the actress is bang on trend because moody florals are major news for autumn, as shown by the glut of black embroidered dresses that have just landed in Zara. Snap one up before they sell out.
Buy it now
Bringing new meaning the term pencil skirt is this cutie from Cath Kidston. Part of the adorable Pencils and Story Books range, it’s got ‘back to school’ written all over it…
Shopping – pleasure or pain? According to a new survey, 38% of women dread the thought of having to rifle through the racks, with poor changing room facilities the number one shopping complaint, followed by inconsistent sizing and untidy stores. Nearly half (48%) of the 1,000 women polled by plus-size brand Scarlett & Jo said they think stores target only unattainably thin young women, and 60% feel they waste too much time in the fitting room trying on multiple sizes.