Fashion: Fling with bling

By Susan Edmunds

I think there's a really fine line when it comes to jewellery - wear too much and you run the risk of looking like a Christmas tree crossed with an Easter egg.

But the right amount can really lift an outfit.

Jewellery this season seems to be reflecting what we're seeing for clothes: It is tribal-inspired, with arm bands and feathery earrings, brightly coloured bangles and even floral accents creeping in.

There's also a strong push for natural textures, such as wood and stone.

Even shell necklaces are making an appearance.

If you're picking up on this trend, match it with outfits in neutral colours.

Oversized jewellery is a big trend for next year. But err on the right side of bling. Fortunately, the emphasis is more on arms than necklines, so there's a bit more wiggle room. Somehow an enormous rock on your arm looks less ostentatiously "music video" than one around your neck.

Another trend is for oversized pendants.

Think of these as a key part of your outfit, not as an accessory to it. Let the pendant be a star piece. This can be a really cute way to make a statement.

Prada and Givenchy are heavily into black for the coming year, combining black stones with metal and leather. Embrace your inner goth with chains, chokers, crosses and cameos. Just stay away from velvet dresses.

Yellow gold hasn't been in favour for a few years but seems to be making a comeback, often matched with coloured gemstones.

Otherwise, there are girly colours and military styles - mix and match to find the perfect piece for your outfit.

But lovers of classic elegance need not be worried: white gold and diamonds are still widely available, as these pieces from Stewart Dawson demonstrate.

- Hamilton News

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