For some, accessorising comes naturally. For others (namely this writer) it requires a nudging reminder, which is why a collection of ’always’ jewellery is the answer. Those are the pieces that can be thrown on with anything, go with everything and have enough personality to energise a generic jeans-and-tee ensemble. While they may sound like a myth, the sort of fantastical creation that only exists in theory and never reality, they are out there and ready to be enveloped into your day-to-day existence.
This spring-summer season jewellery, earrings, in particular, have become a fashion statement in their own right. From glamorous baubles to artistic sculptural twists of metal, the humble earring has become the showy friend that everyone calls ‘extra’ with loving affection. Chanel - the fashion house whose founder famously said, ‘before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory’ - gave us bling in gargantuan proportions. The model’s lobes dripped with interlinking C’s and rained with a fountain of sparkle. Likewise, Saint Laurent, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana upped the ante with dazzling Pat Butcher-scale glitz.
At the other end of the spectrum, Balenciaga introduced the logomania trend that’s already firmly inserted itself in our wardrobes via our jewellery box. Blatantly charged with the ’80s aesthetic that swept the runways of SS18, it’s no wonder it is appealing in miniature golden form.
There is one unlikely accessory that’s fighting the earring trend for coverage: the hair slide. Humble in purpose but arresting in impact, the claw clasp, the barrette and the decorated pin made a coup on the catwalks of Simone Rocha and Saks Potts. Alexa Chung and Laura Jackson have already fallen for its powerful charge, which is a seal of approval we’re always happy to see.
This season there is only rule to stick to: buy jewellery that makes you smile. If it’s not fun, then it’s not worth having. Let these 23 pieces put a spring in your step this summer:
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Balenciaga, Logo Licence crystal single earring, £195, Matchesfashion.com