Jazz Up Your Holiday Look With Affordable Jewelry
The holidays offer plenty of opportunities to play dress up: You’ve got your office party, your friend’s cheeky holiday soiree, and don’t forget the annual family gathering at glamorous Aunt Edie’s. Wondering how to transition from your work outfit to something more festive? Or, how to freshen up that classic little black dress for each event?
Luckily, there’s a whole new cache of fabulous jewels that will add loads of sparkle and shine to your wardrobe for the holidays — and beyond. Here’s our hit list of the hottest (and coolest) costume jewels with staying power.
If you’re going to add one special piece of jewelry to your accessory stash, make it a statement necklace. Necklaces can transform a simple day look into something smashing with the snap of a finger. Try tucking one of these showstopping sparklers underneath your work blazer or slide one under the collar of your man-tailored shirt, exposing just a hint of glint.
1. Zara’s ’20s style diamante necklace, $39.90
Zara’s flapper-esque beaded necklace makes a light and pretty statement and can be an easy piece to incorporate into your daywear — over a soft dress or blouse — but it’s also perfect for those high-glamour moments when you really want to step it up.
2. Nordstrom’s Natasha Couture collar necklace, $48
The black leather base of this collar is a cool new twist on the necklace. Best worn with something minimal on top like a round or bateau neck, this collar should be your focal point with no other fussy details in your look.
3. Anthropologie’s epitome pendant necklace, $68
Adding touches of strong color with accessories is easy when the piece is this beautiful. With a hint of estate-jewel chic, the bold stones are delicately wrapped in light black netting giving them that antiqued feel, while remaining completely modern.
4. Topshop’s rhinestone mix layer chain, $90
When you want to go all-out, then this is your necklace. A sensual mix of shiny silver chains and bold rhinestones, this piece needs no explanation. This edgy neck piece would be perfectly paired with masculine trousers (skinny or wide-leg) for a more rock n’ roll vibe.
With all the attention that nails are getting these days, you simply can’t neglect the rest of your hands. Cocktail rings have returned with a vengeance, and from fine to faux, we think they’re here to stay. Crystal clusters, colorful gemstones and edgy jet give you a reason to flaunt your fancy fingers.
1. Kenneth Cole’s New York ring, jet-tone pave crystal ring, $35
Black-on-black is an unexpected and sophisticated way to add bling to your ring, and these black crystals give you sparkle with an edge.
2. Baublebar’s marquise gem two-finger ring, $36
If you like the idea of wearing multiple rings but find it uncomfortable, then you’ll love Baublebar’s two-finger ring made of multi-color marquise-cut crystals. This dramatic little showstopper is all you need.
3. Topshop’s premium cubic zirconia flower ring, $40
There’s nothing romantic about Topshop’s crystal flower ring, it’s pure drama and fabulous fun. Flower Power!
4. Henri Bendel’s Waldorf cocktail ring, $98
Large and blingy will give you the most bang for your buck (think: Liz Taylor). Try one on each hand for maximum impact. After just one wear, you’ll be hooked. Now if only they were real...
Don’t even think about baring your arms at that holiday party without adding a big, bold bracelet or cool cuff. Turn a simple look sophisticated with a pair of matching cuffs or pile on two, three or four slinky bracelets for a festive arm party.
1. H&M’s stud and rhinestone bracelet, $7.95
Cheap and chic, we recommend one on each wrist for maximum impact. Go single with your day look, then double up at night.
2. Target’s pave stone link bracelet, $19.99
Links of all kinds are big news, but they’re even better when they’re covered with bling. You can’t go wrong with Target’s pave covered bracelet, and at this price, you might want to swing for a pair and wear them layered for a dramatic effect.
3. C Wonder’s vintage spike Lucite cuff, $58
Mixing Art Deco jewels with clear, modern Lucite is a great way to marry your love for old and new styles together. More timely than going totally Gatsby, this cuff works beautifully with a classic daytime dress. Pair it with a bold crystal earring and shiny metallic sandals for night, and you’ll be set to dazzle.
4. Juicy Couture’s multi-stone cluster drama cuff, $98
Coco Chanel made the cuff a classic and liked hers with big, oversized stones in the center, and of course, always in pairs. Juicy Couture’s modern version is a fresh new take with its skin-baring open sides that highlights the cluster of black and white rocks. Perfect to pop on for your night out, this cuff will remain a funky, timeless piece.
Earrings are a fun and simple way to jazz up a day-to-evening look. They also add a glamorous glow to your face, giving your skin some refreshing radiance after a full day of work. While smaller earrings might work perfectly for daytime, we suggest going full-on fabulous at night. This is not the moment to be shy. The bigger the better.
1. Topshop’s premium slim spike earrings, $33
The classic combo of black and white makes a graphic statement with Topshop’s slim spike earrings. You might not wear these to a board meeting, but chances are you will wear these sassy sparklers on a regular basis on your off-duty hours.
2. River Island’s gold tone lion head tassel earrings, $60.80
Iconic animal motifs like lions, snakes and leopards have been gracing the likes of Cartier, Bulgari and David Webb fine jewelry for decades. Add tassels and rhinestones and you have a winning combination for a high-glam quotient. Pull these diamante danglers out when you’re heading out on the town; they’ll turn the simplest outfit into a roaring success.
3. Kate Spade’s city skyline statement earrings, $98
The must-have accessory in every woman’s jewel-box, the crystal drop earring will take your look from work to wow in a hot second.
4. Shopbop’s Deepa Gurnani colorful stone earrings, $100
Crystal bling is a classic, but colorful pieces will be unexpected headturners. Clear, bold color has been making fashion headlines for several seasons now, and it shows no signs of stopping. These high-octane shades are festive enough for any time of the year.