There are some people who go a little loopy when it comes to jewellery; they fawn over shiny things like magpies and go weak at the knees for anything gilded. I am not one of these people. While I can always appreciate the beauty of a statement necklace or classical elegance of diamond earrings, for me, they've always been works of art to be appreciated on other people, but not myself.
Perhaps it's something to do with the fact that I like to keep my outfits relatively fuss-free and let other pieces—such as a bold jacket or blouse—do the talking. There are, however, four jewellery pieces that I do turn to on a daily basis.
Whilst other styles have fallen by the wayside—either due to their specificity or awkwardness when it comes to styling—I've found that these four styles go with everything I own and work just as well for smart occasions as they do for the weekend.
As you will see, I'm having a bit of a gold phase right now (probably due to my love of vintage styles). Also, everything featured is either high street or vintage. I understand that some would prefer to spend more on jewellery (although I've found much of my high-street jewellery has stood the test of time), so I've included a range of price options for each style. Scroll down to see my full edit.
Vintage Chunky Chain
Style Notes: This is one of the more statement pieces in my jewellery capsule. I bought it from a charity shop back in my uni days, and ever since, I've found it invaluable for elevating everything from white shirts to midi dresses. Plus, it's made from light metal, so it doesn't sit too heavily around my neck. Win-win.
Style Notes: I tend to go in phases with drop earrings, but right now I'm all about the pearls. I know that they're very of-the-moment, but I find that they offer just the right hit of personality without being too OTT. I also think that due to their classical roots, these pieces will look just as good next season as they do now.
Style Notes: This is the '70s lover in me coming out. There's nothing I love more than throwing on a silky blouse and letting a simple pendant necklace drop down so it peeps out from underneath the fabric. I also like to layer up my Stellar 79 and Missoma necklaces for a more impactful finish.
Style Notes: I couldn't do a jewellery roundup without including my trusty hoops. I know I'm not breaking boundaries with this choice, but they are honestly the hardest-working piece in my wardrobe. They're great when I wear my hair back (which is most of the time) and look chic with paired-back outfits. Maybe one day I'll invest in a luxe pair, but for now, my & Other Stories hoops are serving me just fine.