How To: Make a Statement with Accessories

It has been quite the year for accessories. The statement necklace has become a wardrobe staple, and the combinations are endless for those of us who love to get our “Arm Party” on. Yes, Arm Party: The stacks and stacks of mismatched, but somehow coordinating, bangles, cuffs, charm, and friendship bracelets, plus watches, that have become the new accessories statement. It’s a dream come true for the accessory-obsessed.

Lately, rings have taken center stage in my accessory love affair. I can’t seem to get enough. Rings that I shelved because they were too large or too small now have homes on my pinkies and thumbs. Shopping your jewelry box just got a little more exciting, huh?

Not sure where to start? Here are some of my “dos” for hosting a happenin’ “Hand Party”:

1. Do: Stack multiple colored stones on one finger for an eclectic look.

2. Don’t: Be afraid to mix metals and textures. Silver and gold can complement each other!

3. Do: Mix high and low. Your engagement ring and wedding band are a great focal point. They complement a dainty thumb ring, or a vintage piece that has sentimental value.

4. Don’t: Shy away from monochromatic color schemes.

5. Do: Try new styles. Double finger rings are true statement pieces.

I do have a few favorite places in the Twin Cities to pick up new baubles: Len, Cliche, Everyday People, and Design Collective. I’m also a fan of silver rings by Minnesota jewelry designers Annika Kaplan (top two designs) and Lauren Neal (bottom right design):

(These rings are available for purchase at Ship and Shape.)
And I love the gold rings by Mociun: