A couple girlfriends of mine insisted on today’s topic because even though our styles are different the one thing we agree on is that accessories have the power to set the tone for your entire look. And let’s face it, I like to consider myself something of a budget fashion Fairy Godmother, turning pumpkins into stagecoaches and whatnot.
Whether you’re dressing for an important moment in a boardroom, a first Tinder date, or a Sunday brunch with friends, the way you choose to accessorize your outfit communicates more than words ever could. The message you’re sending is another matter altogether, and for some guidance on that you might enjoy my earlier post regarding high-risk work attire or these helpful style insights from stylist Catherine Cassidy.
That doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton of money on expensive jewelry and accessories, though. As always, I’m here to help you look like a million bucks without having to sabotage your financial goals. Let’s do this, Cinderella…
Tip #1 Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray is your best friend. I apply a very light coating to all of my non-precious metal jewelry and it does a great job of preserving it. No more green skin and it will extend the life of your metal rings, necklaces, and bracelets by creating a protective barrier against water and even the oils from your skin.
Tip #2 Don’t be fooled by luxury labels and photography. I love the vibe and style of Free People but their prices often give me total sticker shock. For example, Free People sold an Antalya Coin Collar necklace last summer for $98, and that exact same tribal necklace design is still on sale from Windsor for just $22.90. Why pay a premium for the same look? Here are a few of my favorite affordable jewelry retailers:
Tip #3 Sample gorgeous accessories from Rocksbox without having to buy them! This is my favorite affordable jewelry tip, and the concept was developed by two boss ladies named Meaghan Rose and Maia Bittner. They co-founded Rocksbox so that frugal fashionistas could wear “new jewelry all the time with zero effort and without the excessive consumption that comes with it.”
If you love Birchbox or ipsy beauty samples, then you’ll be head over heels for the jewelry equivalent from Rocksbox.
When you subscribe to Rocksbox for $19/month, you create a wish list of jewelry from their inventory and then they mail out 3 loaner items from your wish list for you to enjoy. You can swap out the borrowed items for new ones as often as you like during the month. This program is genius because you get to enjoy the latest style trends without having to commit to owning the pieces forever. And if you absolutely fall in love with a piece of loaner jewelry, you have the option of buying it (at a discount, of course) and keeping it.