Wearing Jewelry Like a Pro
- New Fun Ways to Wear Your Jewelry
by: Carrie Johnson
As with everything else in life, sometimes we fall into habits in how we wear
We put the brooch on out left shoulder, we wear the same necklace with the same
dress and the same earrings.
This article will help stimulate your thinking about how you wear jewelry. It's
not exhaustive -- if you have other ideas of better ways to use jewelry, let me
Pins are perhaps the most versatile of jewelry. In addition to the usual
shoulder or lapel, they are often worn with scarves. Try these other ways of
wearing your pins to extend your jewelry vocabulary.
Pins on hats. Wearing a pin on a hat has a very long tradition As hats become
popular once again we can start making use of this great old technique.
You can pin the brooch on the hatband or higher up on the crown of the hat, or
use it to hold up part of the brim (If your hat has a brim). Use a whole circle
of pins around the hatband for a charming effect (especially effective with
animal jewelry). Make a whole menagerie for your hat. Play with your animal
jewelry brooches as if your were playing jungle as a child.
Pins can also be worn on belts and handbags. Try a pin on your belt a bit off to
one side. If it's a belt with a simple or self buckle, this can add just the bit
of extra interest you need (especially if you have a slim waist to show off).
Putting a brooch on an old handbag can give it new life. You can also take a
plain purse and dress it up for evening by the addition of a brooch or two.
Brooches can be added to hair clips to make a one of a kind hair ornament. Or
string your favorite brooch on a cord. By knotting the cord and tying the brooch
in the middle you can keep many pins upright and hanging correctly. You now have
a whole new pendant.
Try a line of 3 or 4 brooches running down the thigh of your jeans. Or group
several brooches across your bodice like a necklace.
You can even use brooches on your shoes, if they are of the right sort. This is
an unusual technique that's sure to get you noticed.
Rings, of course, can be worn on chains around your neck as well as on your
fingers. In the Renaissance they used to make very large rings specifically to
be worn around the neck (they were too big for anyone but a giant to wear on
You can also weave rings into your hair. Whether you have long hair or short,
you can put the ring very close to your scalp and then braid it in. This is a
fun technique to give a little sparkle and curiosity to an otherwise commonplace
Of course necklaces are great woven into hair too. This is a technique that's
been practiced for centuries. During the time of the Louis's, French women had
elaborate wigs with necklaces already woven in. Queen Elizabethan (and other
Renaissance ladies) also wore necklaces with strings of jewels woven into her
If you have some long necklaces that unclip, try weaving them around a belt
before putting it on. You can secure the ends with a small piece of tape or tie
them on with a big of colored string. This can make a plain black dress upscale
evening attire. A great tip for travelers.
If you have a charm bracelet or three, try adding a chain or cord to each end
and wearing it as a necklace -- fun and tres chic.
The possibilities are endless... Just let your imagine take flight, and let me
know if you come out with other great ways to wear jewelry.
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