Stella & Dot, Style

From Twist-a-Beads to Mixed Metals: A Fashion Evolution

This is the first post in a series about how to build a jewelry wardrobe with pieces from Stella & Dot.

I have always loved jewelry and fashion, especially shoes, skirts, dresses, handbags, boots, handcrafted necklaces and earrings, holiday outfits (Hi, I’m Kelly, and I wear snowman sweaters), and, of course, more shoes. [Someday I’ll write a post about my shoes and accessories closet!] Growing up in the  1980s, I found inspiration from a variety of sources:

preppy looks like Molly Ringwald’s in The Breakfast Club,

{I wanted this look – those boots – so, so badly!}

funky looks like Molly Ringwald’s in Pretty in Pink,

{Bonus shot: Jon Cryer!}

and everything-in-between looks, like Molly Ringwald’s in Sixteen Candles,

{Whatever happened to Jake, the object of our collective desire?}

{I love you, Molly!}

I can’t tell you how many hours I spent shopping at Contempo Casuals and The Limited (all the neon – my poor mother!) in the Houston Galleria, not to mention all the preppy stores like Ralph Lauren, Leslie & Company, and Laura Ashley (oh, to have a new floral or sailor dress from Laura Ashley!) A perfect day for me would be shopping for sweaters and boots at Lord & Taylor, finding new twist-a-beads to add to my collection, and eating lunch at the restaurant in Marshall Fields (don’t forget the Frango Mints!), followed by an evening  with The Brat Pack, watching St. Elmo’s Fire or About Last Night.

God, I loved the ’80s!

Twenty-five (gulp!) years later, I’m happy to say that my fashion choices have evolved. When I became an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot in October 2010, I didn’t know how much representing the company would affect my wardrobe. For most of my years as an elementary school teacher, I dressed professionally but wasn’t particular about my accessories. I would get on a statement earrings kick and wear the same ones every day or switch to diamond studs and a floating diamond necklace for a classic look. On the weekends, I would go hog-wild and wear matching earrings and necklaces that I bought from jewelry artists on my travels.

But Stella & Dot changed all that.

Now I feel naked if I don’t have on (un-matching) earrings, a necklace, bracelets, and rings when I leave the house. One of the best things about this business is that you wear your wares; I love Pampered Chef and Willow House, but you can’t exactly carry around a Microplane® Adjustable Grater or a Morningside Door Bucket to promote your business. As we stylists like to say, the jewelry sells itself.

We are in the midst of an ’80s revival, and thank goodness fashion and accessory trends change! This spring’s colors and bold accessories remind me of the pink Gloria Vanderbilt jeans and hammered silver of the ’80s, but with a new twist. We’ve gone from this:

{vintage Gloria Vanderilt}

to this:

{celebs in colored jeans}

and from this:

{sterling silver hammered fat-bottom oval earrings; yes, the description says fat-bottom}

to this:

(Stella & Dot’s Corso Hoops}

In fact, Stella & Dot’s take on the color-blocking trend reminds me of my beloved twist-a-beads:

{Zahara Bib Necklace}

Jewelry is a great way to update your wardrobe without having to spend a lot of money, and over the next few days, I will show you how to build a jewelry wardrobe with classic pieces you can wear year-round and seasonal pieces for an on-trend look. Stella & Dot co-founders, Jessica Herrin and Blythe Harris, created the company to offer every woman a way to style her own life in fashion and in business. Join me this week as I show you how to go from this:

{Tiffani Thiessen then}

to this:

{Tiffani Thiessen now}

with just a few fabulous pieces from Stella & Dot.

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