Laying on the Layers

Midterms are upon us once again, and as professors begin to pile on essays, tests, pop quizzes, and the like, it seems fitting to do a post on piling on accessories. Metal accessories, to be exact, and to use the even more technical term, jewelry.

Although the Florida weather doesn’t exactly lend itself to to the cozy layered looks our Northeastern counterparts are sporting at the moment, we can certainly make up for it by layering jewelry. It’s the one accessory that no matter how much one happens to be wearing, and no matter how high the heat index, won’t lead to heat exhaustion. And so, without further ado, a lesson in layering:

Step 1: Start with a blank canvas.

Step 2: Weigh your options carefully. A scale isn’t necessary; a hand estimate will be fine. (ba-da-baa, the wordplay never ends.)

Step 3: Put on the first necklace. Self-explanatory and albeit quite obvious, but an important step nonetheless.

Step 4: Pick, place, repeat. I like to choose necklaces that have something in common (here, the same color family) but feel free to go wild. This process allows for artistic expression.

Step 5: Your neck shouldn’t be the only one having fun. Add some bracelets to the mix; add animal ones for built-in friends.

Step 6 (optional): And if you’re really feeling risky, add some earrings. Now would be an appropriate time to mention that taking a mirror shot with one’s left hand using a large camera is a lot more difficult than it looks, and that this is the only usable photo after 60 takes and a major wrist cramp.

The key takeaway here is that there really is no process. There’s a tendency to overthink (or, worse, neglect) jewelry, when usually it looks best haphazardly thrown together. Keep it in the same family, be it color, material, or cut to create some cohesion, but otherwise, the jewelry world is your oyster. (And that’s an allusion to pearls, if you didn’t catch it.)

In other news, one week to Teen Vogue Fashion University. Let me know if you’re going, I’d love to meet some other bloggers there.


3 thoughts on “Laying on the Layers

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