with Susan Wagner
The Working Closet is your source for the best of what's hip and fresh in fashion and beauty. Susan Wagner keeps you up-to-date on trends and offers tips and tricks for making everything in your closet truly work for you.
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I love jewelry; I love how easy it is to take a basic jeans-and-tee outfit and dress it up with the right pieces. But it is also easy to fall into a rut with your jewelry. Ever notice how every time you get dressed up, you put on the same earrings and necklace?
Next time you go somewhere, try something different. Try adding a pin. You heard me! PIN. Brooch. Something sparkly and shiny and exotic.
Instead of buttoning your cardigan, wrap it and pin at the waist. This works best with cardis that are not particularly fitted to begin with. Pull one side of the placket across your waist and pin inside with a small safety pin; pull the other side of the placket to the other hip and pin, outside, with a sparkly brooch. Or pin both sides with wee safety pins and put the brooch at the V where they cross, in the middle.
Pull a full sweater together in the back, to create a small pleat, and pin. This works best with cardigans (button up the front and then pin in the back) but it can also work for a pullover. You may want to pin the sweater BEFORE you put it on, to be sure everything is straight (or have someone you trust pin it for you). And be sure to choose a pin with a secure closure — you don’t want to lean back in a meeting and stab yourself in the back.
Replace the top button on your suit jacket with a funky pin. Not permanently, of course — button the top button, and then cover it with a pin that is slightly larger than the button. Perfect for those days where you have to roll right into an after-work function and you want to add a little something to your suit.
Add a pin to a long necklace, like a pendant, or loop a long necklace around and pin the strands together. Stick with lighter pins for this, so that you don’t throw the line of the necklace off. Or consider wrapping a long string of beads and then pinning them to one shoulder of your sweater or tee, for a little more sophisticated look.
Scatter three or four pins across the neckline of a dress. Choose a variety of sizes (not too big, though, or too small). Stick with one design style (all Deco) in various colors, or one color in various styles, or mix and match similar tones, or … the choices are endless. Don’t line them up symmetrically, though — spread them out across one shoulder or around the neckline.
Finally, mix it up — wear antique pins with modern pieces, and contemporary shapes with classics. Keep the rest of your jewelery to a minimum, and let the pin be the focus. And have fun! Accessories are a simple way to express your personality and make an outfit all yours.
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