It's spring and time to bring on the bling! Anything that dangles or jangles is sure to bring a smile to your face. Jewelry is the accessory that makes a personal statement and lifts our style spirits. Here are a few ways to add some sparkle to your wardrobe this season:
—Bigger is better. Statement jewelry is standing out in all its glory. The jeweled collar chokers, metallic cuffs, chandelier earrings and stone rings are all meant to be seen. But remember, just not all at once! One piece of big bling at a time, please.
—Layer it on. While large pieces of jewelry may be stealing the show, mixing in smaller, more-delicate pieces with the big stuff is another way to put some personality into your wardrobe. Layer long necklaces with shorter necklaces. Stacking rings and bracelets is another way to layer up.
—Mix your materials. Don't be afraid to wear gold and silver necklaces or bracelets together. Experiment with mixed metals and follow the lead of jewelry designers who often mix materials like leather and wood with metal in the same pieces for a contemporary spin. The old matchy-matchy rules no longer apply.
—Go architectural. Want to add an edgy vibe to your clothes this spring? Try a little geometry lesson with crystal triangle necklaces, circle chandelier earrings, sunburst rings or squared metal cuffs. Think sculptured designs with a definite artistic flair.
—Link in. Chains and links are still coming on strong, gilded in gold and gunmetal silver. The translucent crystals and Lucite look is another way to link in, too.
—Make it colorful. Diamonds may be the ultimate bling, but emeralds, rubies and sapphires can sparkle as well. Even costume jewelry goes bold in color this year with bright acrylic stones. Big, yellow flower rings, anyone?
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. To find out more about Sharon Mosley and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.