Sterling Silver Summer Jewelry Fashions Of 2007

Speaking for myself the world of seasonal ‘Haute Couture,’ or high fashion as we know it, is exactly that…High! In fact, in financial and physical terms it’s so high that it’s completely out of my reach! Unfortunately no excuse, financial or otherwise, is good enough to appease the skinny fashionista that sulks beneath the surface of this mushrooming 30-year old mother of two on a budget! So what can be done for this summer?

Well, aside from an on-hand 24-hour liposuction crew, more face-lifts than downtown New York and the sweetest of one-cal sugar daddies…not much! Happily, with the on-line world of information and affordable choice, those inconvenient inadequacies, stretched elastics and even tighter purse strings are as they say, excuse my French, ‘Passé.’ With the Internet’s choices, there really aren’t any excuses not to update our wardrobes and still stay within budget! So what are the hottest fashion tendencies, colors, accessories and jewelry styles for the summer 2007?

Some of the most appealing concepts and styles for this summer are ‘Futuristic’ -based around geometrics in metallic silver and gold, ‘Monochrome’ – Beat classic black and white styling, ‘Tribal’ – Ethnic global styles and ‘Baby Pastel’ colors that dominate this summer’s tendencies.

Monochrome

Monochrome is everywhere this summer from Dior, Givenchy to YSL. Think of the concept a long the lines of the Beat generation of the 1960s, and the model Edie Sedgwick of Warhol’s Factory.

Black and whites are incredibly classy, sophisticated and above all easy to put together. All clothing is acceptable, but especially hot are mini dresses, slacks and shorts. Go for patterns of big bold swirls, stripes, diamonds, checks and dogs-tooth just as long as they are black and white your safe.

A far as accessories are concerned big black sunglasses are a must, and when I say big I mean Jackie Onassis big. Jewelry is preferable in 60′s hip styling, big hoop and drop earrings, cocktail rings and bracelets echoing the New York monochrome set. Some really lovely matching gems to consider are black onyx and black and white mother of pearl, again this would look better set into silver for the overall look, and considering silver is the in-color highly appropriate.

Tribal

Tribal, also referred to as Ethnic, is an amalgam of styles inspired by materials, patterns, textures and colors from a smorgasbord of different cultures across the globe from Antarctica to Zanzibar. These warm, human ‘Roots Vibes’ fashions are reactions to the often hard-edged and overly pretentious hi-tech modern lifestyles, bearing witness to a welcome revival in the belief of good old human values.

Bold prints are the order of the day, but nothing is written, it’s up to your tastes and what look you want to go for. For me the safari flavor is one I find especially appealing, not animal prints – save that for the accessories, but Katharine ‘African Queen’ Hepburn sophistication – cotton desert shorts or slacks with wedge-heeled espadrilles and fitted linen military shirts in pastels. Colors are essentially neutral and earthy with bleached out whites and grays, and as is the case for most fashions this season pastel tones like café crème, silver peony, tarragon and golden apricot.

Tribal clothing styles are as eclectic as their multi-cultural foundations and the organic fabrics and materials used: cottons, linen, flax leather, silk, satin and hemp. Organic materials play an especially strong role in the jewelry. Add handmade natural gemstone jewelry such as Shiva shell earrings, mother of pearl rings, and of course wood bangles in abundance. Silver, one of the key color tendencies that pops-up everywhere this season, should be your jewelry base; multi-layered silver bangles are especially good for the Tribal look.

Futuristic

This style is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the earthy Tribal and Boho styles. It is also one of the most daring trends to come out this summer. Vogue dubbed it: Space Odyssey, inspired by Kubric’s 2001 movie and David Bowie’s glam-rock Ziggy Stardust. These clothes have a futuristic hard edge, an 80s touch with a twist of punk-rock attitude.

As a complete look this is definitely not for Walmart on a Monday afternoon, it’s high shine and high-octane glamour using amongst other standard materials foil and Perspex! But that doesn’t mean you can’t use elements of these shiny silver metallic materials as belts, shoes, accessories and jewelry in day-to-day wear.

It goes without saying that silver jewelry is a must for this style. Go for geometric shaped silver jewelry for that futuristic look: stars, squares, circles and oblongs. Choose plain unadorned hammered cuff-bracelets, charms and hoop earrings. If you want to include some gemstone jewelry, try white Shiva shell and multicolored mother of pearl inlay, which are consistent with both the Tribal and this ‘Barbarella’ futurist style.

Colors & Accessory Tips

Pastels: Yellow is big this summer, sky blue and golden apricot too. Balance with neutrals.

Patterns: Oversized big polka dots, bold floral, Gingham, animal print – include some humorous personality in your get ups!

Skirts: particularly long white ones with lacy ruffles.

Mini Dresses – 60′s styling don’t be afraid to show those legs off!

Wedge Espadrilles and Platforms- Great with shorts and minis.

Hair bands – Wide and bright or slender and feminine.

Silver Accessories – Shiny glittering handbags- Bling it up!

Bold Jewelry – One large item or an assortment of smaller ones bunched as one – big wooden bangles, layered and cuff silver bracelets and beads.

Jewels & Gems – Bling-Bling natural gems and crystals, blue and yellow topaz is a favorite.

So there it is, my message going out to all the ‘Not So’ beautiful women past their expiration dates with little hope of return, is this…It’s never too late! So get online and start shopping for those summer deals now, and feel like a million for a couple of bucks!!

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Fashion Style and Rules – Dos and Don’ts

Where do fashion rules come from? Is there a fashion board that decides what we should and should not wear, or what ‘goes together’ and what looks bad? Not hardly. The rules and lists we read to guide our fashion choices are produced by fashion columnists and editors as part of the business of selling magazines and drawing an online readership. Take this into account when making your choices, and consider the rules more like guidelines than absolutes.

In fact, to be truly fashionable you should be breaking the rules occasionally. An overly fussy and cautious approach to fashion makes you look like a follower rather than an innovator. Instead, try breaking some of the rules below to add some twist to your style.

Your colors should not clash: What a limiting belief! People often think that there are colors that you should wear together and colors that “clash” and should never be combined. This narrows your choices considerably. Instead, why not indulge in unusual combinations from time to time?

Stay away from the extreme end of clashing; there are colors that do look horrible together. But, colors that don’t seem to naturally ‘go together’ can be visually stunning when worn in combination. Most fashionable dressers play with combinations that stop just short of horribly clashing.

Save bright jewelry for nighttime: This rule doesn’t make sense, if you think about it. Most jewelry isn’t harmed by sunlight. Why set aside some for strictly nighttime use?

Have fun with some of your brighter pieces by wearing them during the day on occasion.

Play up eyes or lips, but not both: Many women believe that you can wear striking eye makeup but then need to have a neutral lip, or if you wear a colored lipstick you should be very light with the eye makeup. But there is no reason for this caution.

Choose colors from the same color family – you don’t want a cool-toned lip and a warm-toned eye or the face will feel disjointed. Then, apply with a slightly lighter hand than you would if you were only playing up one or the other. You’ll be surprised with how flattering the results can be.

Wedding Jewelry, Fashion Jewelry, And Accessories

If you are getting married, or know someone who is getting married, you will want to look into wedding jewelry and accessories before the wedding so you will have an idea of what to wear. It is always hard to put together an outfit at the last minute, and even accessories can be purchased last minute, but it is good to have some sort of idea of what you are looking for beforehand.

If you are the lucky bride to be, you have so many options of what sort of accessories to wear. Maybe you are more of the simple type and want to keep your jewelry and accessories as basic as possible. But then again, maybe you are into big, glamorous, gaudy looking pieces. If you are more interested in a simple sort of style, you may want to think about stud earrings, maybe even stud diamonds or pearls. You can even wear a simple diamond or pearl bracelet and necklace. You probably already got an engagement ring at this point, so that counts as an accessory item too. If you are more into the big, gaudy jewelry pieces, you may want to look into fashion jewelry. Fashion jewelry can be found at many stores including Marshalls, Ross, and even Nordstroms. You can find gold, silver, and diamond pieces. Maybe you want a chandelier style earring and necklace set.

Some brides are into hair pieces, and others are not. You can find some really beautiful jewel pieces to stick into your hair, or your hairdresser may even provide you with these the day of the wedding when she does your hair. There are beautiful studded clips, barrettes, and pearl pieces that can be clipped into your hair. You may want to consider putting in extensions for the wedding, or you may just want to show off your natural hair.

A bridesmaid wants to look elegant but also not take away the spotlight from the bride. So, you may want to play down your accessories a bit so you can let the bride show off hers. You may want to stick with a simple necklace with one pearl, or a simple diamond necklace. Bridesmaids can also put precious gems and studs in their hair.

Other wedding accessories include shoes and purses. The bride will most likely wear a pair of white heels, possibly even made out of satin material. Bridesmaids will probably match their shoe to their dress color, which was probably already picked out ahead of time for them. The bride will also probably have a little white hand bag to go with her white dress, and the bridesmaids will probably wear handbags to match the colors of their dresses.

Shopping for wedding accessories can be a big deal, so you want to make sure you pick out something classy that reflects your style. However, if you are the bridesmaid, your choices may be a little limited if you have a gown that was already picked out for you.

Pearl Jewelry – Blending Style With Modesty

In good old days, pearl jewelry was the sign of royalty, aristocracy and wealth. With the changing fashion, pearl became so popular that cultivated pearls have been introduced to meet the crying demand for this precious element. Although the cultured pearls have replaced the natural pearls in jewels, the demand for ornaments crafted with pearl have never diminished.

The concept of wearing jewels has changed a lot over the years. Ornaments are no more the symbol of wealth or dignity. Rather they have changed with their meaning and forms. The fashion-frenzies of the modern world have become discerning about the jewelry design. Pearls have made new fashion statements for the people from any walk of life irrespective of their age and socioeconomic status. These days, pearls are available with different price ranges depending on their quality with minor difference in their look. Besides, the pearl jewelry is popular among for affordability and availability in the market. To top it all pearls may be used with any kind of precious metals. Check the various ways of using pearl in ornaments:

Pearl and gold is the most popular combination – Many women love to design their gold jewelry with pearls attached to it. The yellow metal seems to be a great match with the lustrous pearls. As the gold can be molded to extremely thin wire, making ornaments and achieving many designs are easy with gold.

Platinum and pearl ornaments – The feminine soft, smooth, white pearl makes a good combination with shiny brightness of platinum. Ornaments made of such combination add elegance to the look of a person. Women who love to keep in pace with the current fashion in jewels will definitely love this blend.

Diamonds and pearl create artistic designs – Glittering diamonds and white shiny pearls are matchless combination. Not only they complement each other`s quality but ornaments with this combination can keep anyone spellbound. Besides, diamond is a coveted possession for women and when it is crafted with pearl in ornaments it looks amazing.

Although, pearls are being used with many metals and stones, designers prefer to customize the jewelry items according to the requirements of the customers. Opening any fashion magazine you may find pearl ornaments starting from ear-rings and necklaces to bracelet, and finger rings.

While buying ornaments with pearls, there are certain critical aspects of the gem that need to be considered carefully to get the items of your choice.

Types of pearl – The types of pearls include freshwater and saltwater pearls. They vary largely in terms of their luster, texture and shapes. Although the freshwater pearls are available with wide range of colors and shapes, they are not as glittery as saltwater pearls. Therefore, the shapes, color and glitter of the gem can highly affect the overall look of the whole jewelry.

Quality of Pearl – No matter how well designed your ornaments are, the quality of the pearl on those items makes all difference to the price and overall design of the jewels. Luster, texture, shapes and sizes are the features that decide the quality of them. In order to get good quality jewelry, you need to select good quality pearl. But, it is important that you can distinguish between the qualities of the pearls.

Design of the ornaments – The key factor that makes a piece of ornament stand out is its design. Although the quality of the pearl that your purchase ought to fit into your budget, the design should suit your personality, age, occasion, etc. Colorful and designer jewelry best suits occasions like prom night or marriage.

The demand for pearl ornaments is not merely due to its affordable price ranges, but the beauty that suits all occasions. Make sure you select the right jewelry that suits your personality.

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