Top Tips to Accessorising this Party Season

Whether you're going to a friend's Christmas soirée or the hottest club in town, learn how to stand out from the crowd this party season.

Bec Cole, Melbourne-based celebrity and fashion stylist, shares her expert advice for executing the perfect holiday look with jewellery.

Blur the lines

Gone are the days that we have to dress a certain way for events. Don’t stress about the dress, instead stay true to your personal sense of style and have fun experimenting with your accessories.

If your style is more rock try using your jewellery to add a feminine touch, and it works in reverse too – pair your flirty, feminine look with bolder, edgier and louder jewels.

The key is to balance

Balance is not just for dancers and yogis – it’s central to what I do as stylist and something everyone should think about when putting together an outfit.

If you are opting for large, dramatic earrings steer clear of a chunky necklace to avoid being too heavy up top. On your hands balance your bling with big cocktails rings - always worn on the middle finger.

Three key pieces, no more

As a general rule of thumb, you should stick to no more than three key pieces of jewellery at any time. Be it a cuff, ring, necklace or earrings, any more than 3 pieces and it’ll look too busy.

When in doubt, take on board the legendary Coco Chanel’s advice and take off the last thing you put on before walking out the door.

Invest in individual pieces

Difference defines you. That is why you should always invest in pieces that speak to you on a personal level and when you find that special piece, you’ll know it and buy it – you won’t regret it.

Antique jewellery is a fabulous starting point, as the story behind those pieces can really speak to you. I lose myself in stores like Keshett in Melbourne that specialise in unique contemporary pieces and antique jewellery from the Art Deco, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Victorian periods - perfect for those looking to define themselves by their individuality and exquisite taste.

When in doubt – go vintage!

Honestly, no one did it better than our predecessors. What I love about vintage is it has a story to tell, is one-of-a-kind and with a fab conversation-starting piece who cares about your dress? If you can invest in that quality piece, just do it – it’ll last a lifetime. Did you know Kate Moss has one of the biggest vintage jewllery collections, she spares no expense when it comes to authenticy… I think she’s on to something there. If you can’t make room in your budget, there’s always layby ladies and of course replicas. In a world of excess, it’s special to have something that no one else has!

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