What is Up-Classic?

WSR wrist gloves and infinity scarfI love wrist warmers. I like to call them wrist gloves because I wear them almost year ’round in my office and with work clothes.   

Although they do help keep you warmer at the office by covering those pulse points, that’s not the reason I love them. 

I like the way they make my arms and hands look. I like the sleek lengthening look I can get by using classic colors and simple styling. 

And they’re great for showing off bold jewelry. They create this backdrop at the wrist that elongates the arm and hand and makes anything on your wrist stand out.

 And, if you put the wrist gloves with similar colors in pants or tops, and add a coordinating scarf – you will look slimmer all over! No kidding! 

Styling with similar coordinated solid colors creates the illusion of slimming and lengthening the torso, legs and arms while adding drama at our best features – the neck and wrist! 

I don’t know about you, but that is the kind of fashion I want; fashion that makes me look better and  accentuates my good parts.  I tend to ignore the super trendy in clothes but go for it in jewelry, scarves and accessories. 

That’s my definition of up-classic fashion.

Go bold at the wrists

Favorite Bracelets

“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.

Left to Right:  filigree metal, gold cuff, golden circleShakespeare cuff