Boho Chic Jewelry for Women Over 40 or 50
by Christina Gregoire
You can go high end, totally faux, or mix it up, but there are lots of fun ways to add cool accessories to complete your bohemian look. Or, you can add a bit of flash and give any plain-jane outfit an infusion of casual, elegant style.
Boho Costume Jewelry
One of the easiest ways to add elegance to everything from swimwear to evening wear is to go for a boho chic look. Any girl, of any age, including Boomer Chicks, can easily load up on these beautiful and cheap accessories to transform an average, standard, boring, common outfit into something with exotic, alluring, bohemian appeal.
Real Boho Chic Style
Real bohemian style includes expensive and off-beat handmade pieces, like Diamond in the Rough stack rings (only $7,500), but a smart bohemian feeling can be faked without diamonds of any kind. In my opinion, eclectic boho jewelry is always creative and beautiful, and will never go out of style. It's like a love affair between collectors and artisans.
Well, in the real world, this same feeling of joy can be approximated by layering good jewelry with fakey inexpensive things. Think like a gypsy, but don’t actually try to look like one (especially near the Eiffel Tower).
I'm not a real gypsy, but I'm probably the closest thing to a real bohemian you will ever meet in your lifetime. Yes, I'm a former hippie (although we never called ourselves hippies) who, somehow, ended up hanging out with friends and meeting like-minded souls near the corner of Haight and Ashbury during the Summer of Love.
There are no "rules" for boho, but here's a cheat sheet for those of you who missed the 60's:
- Don't match items
- Mix metals, colors, and styles to please yourself
- Wear nothing small and ditzy unless it’s layered
- Don’t wear boho with preppy clothing
- Start with one area for focus (neck, ears, wrist)
- One or two accent pieces usually work best
- No peace symbols or kitty kitsch for women over 50 or 60
It is not too difficult to find artsy necklaces. Try channeling Armenta, Gerard Yosca, and Janis Joplin.
Asymmetrical necklaces are not as tricky as symmetrical ones. Symmetrical necklaces usually look best when layered.
Don't forget that hippies used to mix cheap finds with older (or more expensive) pieces found in thrift stores or granny's jewelry box. You don't have to find all your stuff in thrift stores. Mix your good stuff with your cheap stuff. (article continues)
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