Two A Fashion Blog
We’ve all been there, when we’re getting ready in the morning and we just can’t find that right piece of jewelry to complete our outfit. It can be totally frustrating, especially when you’re looking at a mountain of jewelry that you’ve spent time and energy acquiring and nothing seems to be the right fit. Whether its because you’re looking for something casual or rather something to pair with a more formal look, today’s “on-the-go” lifestyles have quickly transformed our jewelry wants and needs into a demand for fashion jewelry that is transformative and versatile to a variety of different occasions and circumstances within our lives. Between all of the hustle and bustle of our busy day-to-day lives, we often don’t have time to be sorting through piles of jewelry in the morning to find the right piece that will go with what we’re wearing. This fast-pace that has become an increasingly dominant element of many of our lifestyles over the past decade, and has placed a greater priority on fashion jewelry that has the ability to transform from a casual everyday look to something more high-fashion with nothing but a simple outfit change. However, many pieces of fashion jewelry are still designed without this need in mind and that can make building a versatile jewelry collection a frustrating and sometimes lengthy process as you try and search for pieces that not only suit your lifestyle but also reflect your personal style and unique taste. To help you start building your collection of versatile and fashionable jewelry, we’ve come up with a list of six things you should consider when making new jewelry purchases and building your dream collection.
What to Look for When Building a Versatile Fashion Jewelry Collection
Jewelry has the ability to completely transform a fashion look and when you’re working towards building a versatile jewelry collection there are a number of key elements that you should keep in mind when trying to decide on which pieces you should add to your chosen arsenal.
Consider Your Lifestyle Needs
First and foremost, when investing in jewelry, understanding the different places you will be able to wear a piece is probably the most important factor you should consider. There’s nothing worse than investing in something new, only to find that you never have the right occasion to wear it. In today’s society our lifestyles have becoming more and more fast-paced and mobile and as a result the fashion choices we make have shifted in a similar direction as well. Now more than ever we place a premium on being able to adapt the things in our closet to meet different needs and this most definitely extends into our jewelry choices as well. Today, jewelry trends gravitate towards pieces that can be paired quickly and easily with wardrobe choices, and this ability to match our jewelry with different lifestyle needs is becoming an increasingly prominent focal point in purchasing decisions when it comes to fashion jewelry. We’re seeing it more and more whether its with boutique jewellers or major fashion chains, consumer demand is quickly gravitating towards options that can easily be transformed from daytime to nighttime looks. Its important to consider when investing in a new piece whether you can dress it up for an evening look or special event just as much considering whether or not you can dress it down for a weekend brunch with friends or a casual work day. Often times, the most used items in our collections are the ones that can work as both. Assessing how a jewelry piece will fit in with your lifestyle is the primary consideration you should take when purchasing a new piece of fashion jewelry to add to your collection. And with this in mind, customer lifestyle is something that Two A has placed at the forefront of design in creating our collection of bohemian-inspired fashion jewelry. The natural tones and recycled materials used in our pieces work to place a focus on the everyday while creating unique shapes and designs that can take a look from casual to high-fashion easily, allowing our customers to create and complete the perfect look no matter what the occasion in their life.
Can the Pieces Be Mixed and Matched with One Another?
Beyond deciding whether or not a piece of jewelry is the right fit for your lifestyle, having the ability to mix and match items in your collection is another important element to consider when selecting new jewelry pieces. For many of us, we already have pieces of jewelry within our collections that serve as our go-to’s on a regular basis, and in our day-to-day lives and being able to mix, match and pair these items with new additions can make or break a new purchasing decision. Some things to consider when selecting pieces that can be easily mixed and matched are colour, shape and material as all of these factors can have a dramatic effect on the overall look and style of a piece of jewelry. Consider not only the colours and styles that already exist within your collection but also the looks that you would like to invest in in the future. How will this new jewelry look when paired with these other pieces? In addition to considering the look and style of the jewelry its also important to evaluate how a new piece will go with your wardrobe.
- What colours do you normally wear?
- What silhouettes are you looking to pair new jewelry with?
These are all important things to think about when building your collection. Within Two A’s collection of jewelry, no collection of pieces provides this ability to mix and match quite like our resin jewelry. To provide a little background, resin jewelry is created by pouring a form of liquid resin into a mold and allowing that resin to harden and take shape. Resin jewelry provides an immense amount of versatility in its design as there are a wide range of resin molds available that can change and develop the overall look and style of the finished product. Additionally, through further considerations the surface of the mold can be designed and altered to enhance the final outcome of the product and provide a range of different appearances to the finished jewelry. In Two A’s collection this resin technique is used to recreate natural stone shapes that are both realistic while maintaining a smooth, sleek and overall modern design. While echoing the look of realistic natural stone, our resin jewelry collection takes advantage of the ability to mold and form elements with intention, to create pieces that focus on looking clean and compressed while still offering a bohemian look reminiscent of the natural world. It is this clean and smooth design that truly gives these resin pieces the versatility needed to keep up with on-the-go lifestyles and truly provide the ability to mix and match with other jewelry pieces both natural and colourful alike.
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Consider Seasonal Changes and Their Effects
Once you’ve decided whether or not a piece will fit with your lifestyle needs and established how the jewelry can be mixed and matched with other pieces in your collection, it’s important to consider seasonal factors which can greatly effect your style choices throughout the calendar year. For instance, often we put away the brighter and bolder colours in the fall and winter months and swap them out instead for more cool tones like burgundy, navy and blacks. However, when the summer months come we frequently gravitate towards more vibrant colour choices which can dramatically change our jewelry needs and the type of looks and styles we are looking to create. Neutral tones provide a great option for developing a jewelry collection that is able to withstand the changing seasons and the effects these shifts can have on your wardrobes. Neutral colours allow pieces to pair easily with a wide range of different colours found in our wardrobe choices, complimenting the bright colour bursts of spring and summer while equally flattering the darker, cooler shades that coincide with the fall and winter months. Inspired by the Mediterranean coast as well as the prominence of urban-living that dominates many women’s lifestyles today, Two A Jewelry’s collection seeks to meld together sleek, smooth geometric design with elements and colour tones of the natural world. These natural tones provide opportunity to utilize these pieces all year round as the neutral colour scheme used in many of our pieces compliments a wide range of options on the colour spectrum allowing it to easily pair with a huge variety of seasonal style choices.
Another key consideration to make when adding to your jewelry collection is price-point. In fact, deciding whether or not a piece is affordable within your own personal budget might be the first thing you think about when choosing whether or not to purchase a new piece. Whether you’re looking to invest in a more expensive piece or shopping for a cheaper option to complete a look, cost can weigh heavily on a buying decision. When investing in a piece that is more expensive, versatility is perhaps one of the most important things to keep in mind when making the final decision on whether or not to make a purchase. Breaking the bank on a statement piece that will only go with a small portion of your wardrobe or fit within a tiny part of your lifestyle is a regrettable and often easy mistake to make. How many times have we all made a snap buying decision on a piece of clothing only to find that we never have the right opportunity to wear it and it sits in our closets for ages before finally hitting the donate pile? Well, the same thing can go for jewelry and when you’re investing in a piece with a higher price tag, its important to consider the frequency you’ll be able to wear it and whether its versatility makes it a worthy investment for your collection.
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Does the Piece Work as a Solo Statement?
Throughout history jewelry has been used time and time again as a means of finishing or polishing off the final look of an outfit. Experts in the industry frequently recommend that when building your own fashion jewelry collection, a focus should be placed on acquiring pieces that are both timeless and versatile as well as a smaller assortment of statement pieces that work to grab attention while offering a reflection of your own personal style and taste. While its important to build a collection of jewelry that can be easily mixed and matched both with each other as well as different clothing pieces in your wardrobe, its also important to consider how a piece will stand alone when completing an outfit. Some days we don’t have time to mix, match and pair pieces in our jewelry collection. Having pieces that can stand alone without the assistance of other accessories while still grabbing the attention of those around us are important to have in your arsenal of jewelry. This is where Two A Jewelry excels. Not only do our pieces offer versatility in matte and natural colour tones that pair easily with a wide range of wardrobe choices as well as other fashion jewelry pieces, but their unique shape and distinctive take on blending natural pieces with geometric and modern craftsmanship allow them to function as high-fashion statement pieces as well. Whether you’re looking for a piece that can stand alone or a piece that can be easily mixed with other jewelry and accessories within your collection, Two A is designed with these needs in mind and offers options that will suit your wants and assist in building the versatile and adaptable collection you are dreaming of.
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- Does the Piece Reflect Who You Are?
Lastly, but certainly not least in importance, its key to consider how a new piece of jewelry makes you feel.
- Does the piece reflect your other style choices?
- Do the materials, colours and shapes used in the piece blend well with other jewelry and accessories in your collection?
- Does the ideology of the designers align with your own beliefs, interests and values?
Fashion truly is one of the purest forms of personal expression and making choices that reflect not only your tastes and interests but also your beliefs and values is incredibly important when working to build a style and personal brand that is both versatile as well as reflective of the person you are. This is something we truly stand by at Two A and has become a driving force behind the quality, craftsmanship and design that goes into creating each and every one of our fashion jewelry pieces. Founded by long-term friends and designers Ayana Fishman and Anat Shapira, Two A was created with the idea of blending eccentric bohemian jewelry design with organic eco-materials that reflect the natural world while combining it with sleek, geometric and modern design. Whether its pieces of coral, textile fragments or sections salvaged from coconut shells, here at Two A we strive to create a polished and unique look that embodies strength, femininity and the natural world. The Two A standard values a commitment to the environment and as a result we maintain a strong focus on the environment, recycling, repurposing and using natural materials wherever possible in our design. Here at Two A we truly believe in the value that comes with recycling and recreation and the ways in which that can lead to evolution, development and unique creation, and that is something that is truly reflected in everything that we do and design.
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The Benefits of a Versatile Jewelry Collection
With all of these considerations in mind, its clear that a versatile jewelry collection is becoming an increasingly important trend within the fashion and jewelry world. With busy on-the-go lifestyles becoming a more and more prominent element of many women’s lives, its important to have pieces in your collection that can be easily mixed and matched as well as stand alone while reflecting your own personal style. While building a good versatile collection that can be easily adapted to your different lifestyle needs can often seem like a daunting task, pairing yourself with the right designers and an understanding of your own personal needs can be the perfect way to begin building the collection of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for a new statement piece or more neutral jewelry that can be easily paired with the rest of your collection, Two A is designed with every woman in mind.
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What outfit is complete without jewelry? Jewelry is the discrete highlight that activates your outfit, it’s the subtle counterpoint that enhances your features and it’s a statement about who you are and what you believe. Fashion jewelry, perhaps more than any other kind, is able to walk multiple paths and transcend multiple styles. Good fashion jewelry can be an effective complement to your little black dress just as it can be the perfect accompaniment to a T-shirt and jeans. The beauty of fashion jewelry is its versatility but that doesn’t mean you can just slap any old combination of pieces together and make them work. You need to have some sort of rationale behind your choices so below we’re going to get into the dos and don’ts of fashion jewelry.
12 Tips That Will Help You Rock Fashion Jewelry
From floral studs to simply gold hoops fashion jewelry comes in a dizzying array of designs, materials, sizes, shapes and colours. The right fashion jewelry will put the finishing touch on your outfit while the wrong piece will have people silently wondering “What was she thinking?” Here are 12 tips that will ensure you always look your best when wearing fashion jewelry.
Keep it Simple
Nothing says “I don’t know what I want” quite like a blizzard of shapes, colours and styles. Rule one then for making fashion jewelry work is to simplify. If you’re stepping out in some comfy jeans and a T-shirt a long necklace by Two A makes the ideal accompaniment. If you’re getting all biz-ay with sequins make sure the jewelry you wear is simple in its design, muted in its colour palette and yet bold enough in size and shape to hold its own. If your outfit is made up of big blocks of neutral colours make sure your fashion jewelry has a bit of colour and is more detailed in its design. This way it will pop without overwhelming anything.
Think Before Selecting Earrings
Depending on how wisely you choose them your earrings will either be the perfect complement to your outfit or a major distraction. The simplest way to create a disconnect with your earrings is to choose a pair that doesn’t suit the shape of your face or that either overwhelms your thin neck or gets lost against your fuller neck. Before you put on earrings you have to ask yourself what you’re trying to do with your outfit and then make sure your earrings work to enhance the vibe. Also, and this should go largely without saying, if you have delicate ears never overburden them with big bold earrings. Remember, every component of your outfit, including your fashion jewelry, should be an element of balance and harmony.
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Less is Often More
If you’re after the Bourbon-Street-during-Mardis-Gras look then by all means pile on the jewelry. If, however, you’d rather look like you’ve got your style act together keep in mind that more is not necessarily better, unless we’re talking about chocolate or money. Chain necklaces that hang low and confront a belt are a no-no. Likewise, sparkly pieces have their place but too many of them will quickly overwhelm. As we mentioned above the goal of any outfit should be to achieve a balance that allows every component to shine. So resist the urge to showcase too many pieces of fashion jewelry at once and instead seek tonal, proportional and stylistic balance. You may be surprised how few pieces of jewelry you actually need to do that.
We’ve seen some gals sporting fashion jewelry that by itself may be fine, but was apparently chosen because it matched their clothes. We suppose this could be looked at as achieving a certain type of balance but actually it’s not. It’s just boring. While there’s little doubt that playing it safe and having everything match is better than choosing accessories that stand out for their inappropriateness, we would nonetheless encourage you to aim a bit higher. If you need to take a bit of time and research concepts like complementary colours and shapes. Then go pick up some new pieces that will create balance rather than simply blend in.
Go Easy on the Trendy Stuff
It’s good to have a piece or two of trendy jewelry in your box as a way to demonstrate that you’re in touch with the times. But if most or all of your pieces are trend-a-riffic you’ll either have to replace everything next year or walk around looking like a time capsule. The old saying that “style is always in fashion” is never more true than when talking about fashion jewelry. Most of your pieces should be trend-neutral. That is, they should be expressions of timeless ideas regarding design, proportion, materials etc and not simply copies of some celebrity’s poor choices.
Don’t Max Out
Making a maxi necklace work isn’t as simple as just choosing one and putting it on. For example: if you have a shorter neck and you’re wearing a high neck blouse and you try and wedge a maxi necklace into the available space it’s just going to look awkward not stylish. On a couple of related notes, try and resist the temptation to wear maxi earrings with a maxi necklace. No one will see anything else when they look at you. Also, remember that chokers are great but if they’re too tight you’re going to look more masochistic than stylish.
Splurge a Little
While fashion jewelry is by definition affordable you should nonetheless have a few pieces that cost a bit more and will always be in style. A simple pearl necklace, for instance, is a timeless ally that you’ll be able to call upon over and over. In short, a higher end piece among the more fanciful items is a simple, elegant way to elevate your entire outfit. If the design is simple and sophisticated the possibilities are endless.
It’s not necessary to make sure that all stones in your various pieces of jewelry are the same. On the contrary, you want to mix things up a bit to keep them interesting, with one major qualifier: they should complement each other in colour, shape and size. Remember you’re trying to create a complete outfit and that means using things that work off of one another to create a look that’s more than the sum of its individual parts.
Use Bracelets Strategically
If you feel that your hands or perhaps your hips are an area you don’t necessarily want to draw attention to then either don’t wear bracelets or wear simple ones whose affect is more subtle than eye catching. Lots of spangly, bright coloured bracelets are only going to draw the eye to an area you’d rather deemphasize. The reverse is also true. If you feel you have beautiful hands and your hips make the rockin’ world go round then you can draw attention to these attributes by wearing lots of bracelets or fewer bracelets that nonetheless have a lot of visual pop. So there you have our 12 tips for looking your best when wearing fashion jewelry. Now we’re going to take a look at how to select fashion jewelry that will work for you and which pieces of fashion jewelry we feel are must-haves.
Choosing the Right Fashion Jewelry For You
Let’s go through a few things to keep in mind when contemplating whether to buy a certain piece of fashion jewelry.
First: Does it work with the shape of your face?
Because when people look at things - whether those things are paintings, buildings, or faces - they look at the whole thing you can control the impression they take away by balancing one thing against the other. For instance; if you have a round-ish face you’ll want to steer clear of round earrings and instead go for slender earrings that dangle. If you have a more rectangular face rounder earrings will help balance things out. If you’re fortunate enough to have an oval shaped face however, then the world is your oyster because just about any earring shape will work.
Second: Does it complement your figure?
While jewelry won’t make you slimmer or give you a few extra curves where you might want them the right jewelry can make you appear slimmer or curvier or taller or shorter or whatever. We touched on the ability of bracelets to call attention to your big beautiful hips or to draw the eye away from your hands if that’s what you’d like to do, but there’s more to the power of fashion jewelry than that. The right fashion jewelry can:
- Make your waist seem smaller
- Make bust seem larger or smaller
- Bring the proportions of your face and body into harmony with one another
- Create harmony between your outfit and your shape
- Draw attention away from areas you’d rather not highlight
You’d do well to remember this simple truth: detailed or bright jewelry will draw the eye to where you want it. No jewelry will keeps eyes off those parts you’d rather not draw attention to.
Third: Proportion is everything
Why is it some buildings “work” and some don’t? More often than not when a new building doesn’t really work it’s because it’s out of proportion to the buildings around it. It’s either so big that it dwarfs the rest of the buildings in the area or it’s so small that it looks like it was designed by someone who had never seen the site. Jewelry is the same way. If you want to look bigger than you are just wear jewelry that’s too small. Not only will you appear to be much larger but the piece of jewelry will get lost in translation and no one will be able to appreciate it. Likewise if you’re slender or petite you should steer well clear of clunky, chunky fashion jewelry as it will overwhelm the nuances of your svelte shape and perhaps even make you look fragile or sickly. Here are a few proportional guidelines to keep in mind.
- If you have a small face make sure your jewelry is small and a bit dainty as well. Big earrings or necklaces look completely out of sorts. Likewise if you have a bigger face you’ll want to wear larger pieces of jewelry because the same dainty jewelry your small-faced friend is wearing will only make your face look bigger than it is.
- If you have a larger bust you’ll want to wear larger necklaces because a small necklace will only make your bust seem bigger than it already is. Conversely if you’re a slender gal who wishes to make her bust appear a bit larger wear a small, dainty little necklace. If you’re slender but aren’t interested in making your bust seem larger simply wear a cascading necklace, though one with delicate components.
- Make sure any watches and bracelets have a complementary proportional relationship with your wrists and hands. You can try and make a fashion statement by wearing an oversized watch on your thin wrist if you like but it’s going to be about the only part of your outfit anyone sees when you go out.
- Long slender earrings will have the effect of slimming down your neck and making it seem longer than it may be. Also, try and avoid earrings that create horizontals at the neck line. These disrupt the entire flow of your outfit and have a jarring effect. Also, if you want your neck to appear longer and more slender a long necklace that hangs toward your bust is an easy way to do it.
What Fashion Jewelry Items Should You Have?
Finally we’re going to give our opinion regarding the fashion jewelry items we believe you should have. This is not a scientific list because, well, fashion isn’t scientific and therefore your opinion on the matter may differ from ours. That said, here goes:
- Simple pearl necklace
- Hoop earrings
- A selection of fun casual earrings
- Dressy earrings that match your face type
- Gold and silver bracelets
- A long necklace
- A short necklace
- A watch with a gold, silver or stainless steel band
This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive list, just a starter set for those wanting to invest in some fashion jewelry. Building any type of collection always begins with the essentials and that’s what the above items represent. Keep in mind that if you’re purchasing gold or silver to be worn near your face that warm coloured metal like gold works best with peachy skin tones and silver, in general, is best suited for those with a cooler tone to their skin.
The Two A jewelry Approach
At Two A our designers explore the contrast between natural and geometric forms and employ a variety of standard and alternative materials and techniques in order to create jewelry with a raw, organic power and sensuality. We delve into the materials we use and look for new and innovative ways to harvest their expressive potential. Our jewelry is not meant to highlight our genius but to enable the wearer to achieve a higher level of comfort and style. In addition, while we’re committed to helping our customers look and feel their best at all times we’re also committed to the environment which we all share. We’re modern and traditional, classic and cutting edge, playful yet serious, distinctive yet somehow familiar and always tasteful and sophisticated. We believe in the power of strong yet nuanced natural motifs and their ability to both nurture and inspire. And we believe, above all, in you.
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