“It’s the jewelry that actually makes the look”, says fashion stylist Jesse Garza, co-founder of Visual Therapy, a New York wardrobe consultancy, and co-author, with his Visual Therapy partner Joe Lupo, of Life in Color: The Visual Therapy Guide to the Perfect Palette for Fashion, Beauty, and You!. Says Garza, “I love a flattering, clean backdrop with a statement piece–a pop of color.”
I’m with Jesse. Although, I wear classic lines and colors in clothes, jewelry is where we can dress it up and go bold. My favorites are statement pieces, chunky, authentic storytellers–like a triple-strand of big beads; a thick, geometric bangle; or the Shakespeare cuff (shown in the photo). Perhaps as a reaction to tough economic times, precious jewels have been stowed away, replaced with semiprecious stones such as lapis, pyrite and quartz; and materials such as horn, resin and even Lucite.
Lupo and Garza take a slightly scientific approach to jewelry. Balance is important – one piece near the top of the body- earrings plus a necklace or great infinity scarf–a ring on one hand (if you have the fingers for it) and a bracelet on the opposite wrist. Create a drama explosion around the face and another at the wrists.