“Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.” -Coco Chanel
No offense to my girl Coco, but that is just not how this Haute Mess rolls. And I am clearly not a lady.
I honestly don’t keep up with “trends” because I am too stuck in my ways and have a very stubborn sense of style. One principle I live by is… More is more. We have all heard Coco’s words of wisdom and although it pains me to say, I am just not that into it. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE accessories. On average I wear about 12 pieces of jewelry daily and virtually cannot function with less than 7. I am pretty sure I came out of the birth canal wearing some gold bangles and a pavé cuff. When I was 7 years old I was on a youth soccer team and the coach had to ask my mother repeatedly to stop bringing me to practice with so much jewelry on since it created a “safety hazard” to my teammates. When my mom forwarded this information I was appalled. I blame the demise of my potential soccer career on that very incident. In middle school, my best friend Briana and I rhinestoned our PE clothes with Swarovski crystals which got us into quite a pickle with our alleged pedophile Gym teacher. Bottom line: Baby likes bling.
- Champagne Diamond Bangle
- Turquoise Bracelet from Flea Market
- Vintage Cluster Bracelet from Great Grandma
- J Crew Stud Stretch Bracelet
- Gold Chain Cuff
I think a bare wrist is a sad wrist and therefore should always get a little accessory lovin. A self-made “trend” I have been busting out lately is serious bracelet orgy. We are talking bangle on bracelet on cuff ACTION people. It really is like a party on my wrist. All colors, shapes, styles,metals and price point welcome. I used to be famous for my cast of bracelets and let my little trademark fall to the wayside. I have always loved a blingy arm and am happy to bring back this nostalgic statement back into my life. Let’s ix-nay those disgusting platform shoes and 90’s style chokers and bring this into the trend cycle FOR GOOD.
The rules for this arm party are NO rules. Whoever said you have to stick to one metal (gold, silver, rose gold) needs to go back into the Chico’s they came out of. Mixed metals shouldn’t be segregated, its called the effing Civil Rights Movement of accessories. Get with it. The same theory goes for stones. I can’t tell you the anxiety I get when watching woman try and match the color of their accesories to their outfit. Newsflash, if you are wearing a coral colored dress you DO NOT need to wear matching coral necklace, coral shoes and a fucking coral pashmina. It’s embarrassing. I love the juxtapose of vintage and modern jewelry, fashion and fine jewelry etc.
This wrist statement makes any plain dress, jeans and a t shirt or simple outfit from BLAH to TA-DA! It’s fun, so easy to do on any budget and has very minimal anxiety factors (no matching, no strategics, no mixed metal stigmas).
Haute Mess Lesson: Sorry, Coco. More is more…get your arm candy on and hashtag #hautemesslife for chance to win some Haute Mess BLING!