There’s something about bling that’s understated. Certainly, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor would argue that being a daylight disco ball is no oddity in the slightest – and I very much advocate that cheer squad of self-expression. But, as the case may be (and very much is), one might tend more towards a Jackie Onassis. On the other hand, a lonesome multi-faceted accessory is hardly a sparkle party as it should be. And so, among other things, women find themselves battling with whether or not to wear that cuff, or to buy that ring, or to add that charm, because if it’s more than a hundred it needs to be a staple, right? And Coco Chanel says to take one thing off before you leave the house, right? And any bling that isn’t a 7 carat diamond just looks tacky in large quantities, right?
And yet, I still believe that bling can be quietly chic. Perhaps not the Gaga-encrusted variety, but as I’ve come to realise over the first year of my twenties, understatement is wholly dependent on the context. A lot of sparkle dispersed across all limbs and extremities can brighten your day as much as eight hours of sleep, but not so much that . Select your weapons carefully: a few fine chains to layer (one alone is a little middle-aged for me), a watch with just a little fun on its face, chain mail earrings in a matte coated crystal that only catches that light if you’re hair-tossing for attention, and a hard-rocked cuff with a smooth metallic canvas. And, even when all’s said and done, there’s no need to avoid colour or even prints (as evidenced above) – perhaps the printed pyjama co-ords should wait till tomorrow, but throw a little denim, leather, or tweed in the mix and the rest is nobody’s business.
Et voilà: just in the nick of time for a midweek energy bunny, I’m very (very) excited to share this project I’ve been working on with the incomparable team at Swarovski for the coming season. Though my book-bound self is yet to head into a store, if you stop by your local Swarovski store, I’m told that you’ll see these self-snaps up as VM posters and product cards – take a selfie and Tweet/Instagram at me if you beat me to it (which is likely)! You’ll be forgiven if you choose Miranda instead… she’s much better versed in selfies than I.
Some styling references, should you wish to DIY: