The best jewellery can make or break an outfit. You could be lounging about your home in a three day-old tracksuit, but add a stylish gold necklace and pair of statement earrings to the equation? You’re practically ready for Fashion Week. Let’s face it, getting dressed for a hybrid work style (where you spend a few days WFH and a few days in the office) is proving rather tricky. Never mind knowing what to wear to work – what about the accessories?!
Hair accessories, handbags and shoes are all well and good, but sometimes (cough, all the time) there’s a need for a touch of sparkle. You could be a gold or silver girl, or somewhere in between, but the best jewellery brands are always worth investing in. Think about it, whether you prefer the more affordable labels or the super luxe ones, jewellery lasts a lifetime and these pieces will eventually be passed down as heirlooms – the same can’t necessarily be said for your favourite hat.
When you’re dressed casually (let us guess, it’s a t-shirt and jeans kind of day?) a bit of bling is the ultimate highlight. The high/low mix – where you combine a basic (like a grey marl tee) with something fancy (a pair of chandelier earrings, say) – is every stylist’s secret weapon for looking polished without trying too hard.
Earrings, necklaces and chokers or bracelets, cuffs and rings will all make any outfit pop. If you’re going for an oversized shape, neutrals and metallic tones work best although if you fancy a bright pop of colour, a smaller shape looks less obvious. Picking the right level of glamour is a balance between size and shade. Stacking up rings and a section of bangles and bracelets is also a shortcut to looking artfully styled while mixing shades of metals seems effortlessly considered.
What are the best jewellery brands of 2022?
So where to shop for the best jewellery? If you’re looking for an affordable jewellery brand that crafts genuinely stylish pieces of great quality but that don’t charge an absolute fortune – yep, they do exist – then look to labels like Missoma, Monica Vinader, Astrid & Miyu and so on. Missoma, for example, is the British brand that’s championed by fashion editors and celebrities (from Kate Middleton to Gigi Hadid) for designing not only gold necklaces – that are perfect for nailing the layering trend – but charm anklets, oversized hoop earrings and more.
High street brands such as Pandora, Joma Jewellery, & Other Stories and Mango all sell high-quality jewellery at a much more accessible price. They’re your bread and butter for trend-lead pieces that you don’t really want to splash out on, but that still want to wear without having to worry about it all tarnishing.
Elsewhere, on the spennier end of the spectrum, there’s labels such as Jade Trau, Maria Tash and Lark & Berry. These are the brands to invest in when it comes to buying gifts (like when it’s your anniversary, or your sister, mum or best friend‘s birthday etc), as they’re the ones that last several lifetimes.
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